Applying for a private student loan may seem confusing and intimidating, especially if you don’t have much experience handling personal finances. But with a bit of research and planning, you can make the process quicker and easier. First, remember that you should utilize scholarships, grants, and federal student loans before [...]
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and as high school graduates prepare to enter college this fall, it's important to know how to handle the stress that can come with such a big life change. A study by Inside Higher Ed/College Pulse found the top three stressors for college students [...]
Congratulations, high school graduate - you've made it! The coming months will be full of relaxation, quality time with family and friends, perhaps a summer job, and preparing for college. While college move-in is likely a few months away, there are still plenty of items to keep in mind as [...]
There is a lot of confusing language (and plenty of acronyms) when it comes to paying for college and financial aid. You may be surprised to know that "expected family contribution" or "EFC" is not necessarily the amount of money your family will actually end up paying your college. So [...]
The Federal Reserve announced an interest rate increase on March 16, 2022 - the first since 2018. But what does that mean for the general public? And what, if anything, do you you need to do now? If you have loans or credit cards, the interest rate determines how much [...]
Determining how to pay for college can be stressful. Once you’ve exhausted your options for scholarships, grants, and federal student loans, you may need to consider private student loans to cover costs. If you’re not sure where to start, review our recent webinar, “Student Loans – Connect the Pieces.” [...]
It's Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. But if you’re not feeling the love for your student loans, now could be the right time to end that old relationship and refinance! When you refinance and consolidate your private, federal, and/or PLUS loans into one manageable loan, you’ll get [...]
The best way to pay for college is with FREE money (money you don't have to pay back once you graduate). This comes in the form of scholarships and grants. Grants are usually awarded through your college when you file the FAFSA. There are many sources of scholarship money, and [...]
Did you know you can take advantage of special tax breaks just for college students and their parents? These benefits come in the form of tax credits and deductions when you file your income tax return. What’s the difference? A credit reduces the amount of income tax you have to [...]
If you're a college student headed home for winter break, your mind is likely on sleeping in, spending time with family, and opening gifts - not on tuition payments. However, second semester will be here before you know it. Many families have faced financial challenges over the past year [...]