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Tax Benefits for College Students

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 [...]

Tax Benefits for College Students2022-01-18T12:47:56-06:00

Covering Second Semester Funding Needs

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 [...]

Covering Second Semester Funding Needs2022-01-14T14:25:44-06:00

Give Thanks for Your College Education – Your Degree Matters!

Is going to college and earning a degree really worth it? According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, the answer is "yes." Earnings increase and unemployment rates decrease with education level. Their studies show: Workers with a bachelor’s degree had median weekly earnings of $1,305 in 2020, compared with [...]

Give Thanks for Your College Education – Your Degree Matters!2022-01-07T07:58:18-06:00

How Can I Use My Private Student Loans?

When you receive your award letter from your college of choice, you’ll see a couple of important numbers listed – the estimated cost of attendance (COA), and any financial aid for which you are eligible, such as scholarships, grants, and federal loans/work study. What is Cost of Attendance (COA)? The [...]

How Can I Use My Private Student Loans?2021-10-29T09:45:51-05:00

Federal Direct PLUS vs. Private Loans – Know the Difference

If you’ve exhausted scholarships, grants, and Federal Direct Loans to cover college costs and are still left with funding gaps, you might be considering Federal Direct PLUS or private student loans. There are some key differences between the two loan types that are important to understand – we’ve outlined the [...]

Federal Direct PLUS vs. Private Loans – Know the Difference2021-10-29T09:46:11-05:00

Ways to Pay for College – How to Fill the Funding Gap

Let’s face it – no one is accepted to college and thinks, “I can’t wait to pay my tuition bill!” College is a big investment, which is why it’s important to know your options, plan ahead, and choose wisely when paying for it. (Remember that filling out the FAFSA, which [...]

Ways to Pay for College – How to Fill the Funding Gap2021-10-29T10:12:15-05:00

Student Loan Glossary – A to Z

Paying for college can seem overwhelming - and trying to decipher the jargon that goes along with paying for college can be even more confusing. The Federal Student Aid Information Center is a great source of information for all things financial aid, and it provides an extensive glossary outlining the [...]

Student Loan Glossary – A to Z2021-10-29T09:46:18-05:00

Fixed vs. Variable Rate Student Loans

When searching for private student loans, you may find some lenders offer both a fixed and a variable rate option. What does this mean, and what are the pros and cons of each? Fixed Interest Rate A fixed rate loan is exactly as it sounds – the interest rate is [...]

Fixed vs. Variable Rate Student Loans2021-10-29T09:46:33-05:00

Appealing Your Award Letter

Given the current state of the economy, there’s a good chance your family’s financial situation has changed since you completed your FAFSA. With award letters from colleges already in your hands, how do you request additional financial aid to cover your college costs? Our partners at Edmit have outlined the [...]

Appealing Your Award Letter2021-10-29T09:46:50-05:00

How to Find Last Minute Funding for College

You completed the FAFSA. You received scholarships through your high school. You and your parents reviewed your financial aid award letter from your college, and decided to take out federal student loans to pay for college. Now your tuition bill is due, and there's still a remaining balance - what [...]

How to Find Last Minute Funding for College2021-10-29T09:47:02-05:00
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