What to Know About Applying for Student Loans

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 [...]

What to Know About Applying for Student Loans2022-06-30T09:43:59-05:00

What is Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?

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 [...]

What is Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?2022-04-22T15:59:31-05:00

Finding Scholarships for College

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 [...]

Finding Scholarships for College2022-02-08T10:36:55-06:00

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

The Top 3 Times to Refinance Student Loans

If you’re making payments on private or federal student loans, or a combination of both, you may have considered refinancing or consolidating them. There can be numerous advantages, but when is the right time to refinance? You generally need to be in grace or repayment on one or more student [...]

The Top 3 Times to Refinance Student Loans2022-05-12T15:52:20-05:00

Comparing Student Loan Options

Once you’ve exhausted scholarships, grants, and federal student aid, you may need more funding to cover your tuition bill. Private student loans exist to help families fill the gaps left after using other forms of aid. But how do you determine the best fit for your situation? Below we break down two of the most common questions for borrowers.  Should I choose [...]

Comparing Student Loan Options2021-10-29T09:43:44-05:00

How to Pick a Good Student Loan Co-borrower

When delving into the world of private student loans, you may discover that many lenders mention a “co-borrower.” A co-borrower is someone who applies for the loan with you and is equally responsible for ensuring it is repaid. A private student loan will be held in your name as the [...]

How to Pick a Good Student Loan Co-borrower2021-10-29T09:45:45-05:00

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
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