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

Steps to Take as Interest Rates Increase

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 [...]

Steps to Take as Interest Rates Increase2022-03-21T15:19:06-05:00

Should you break up with your student loans?

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 [...]

Should you break up with your student loans?2022-02-14T08:22:02-06:00

Beware of Student Loan Scams

Updated on 4/6/2022 The pause on federal student loan payments and interest has now been extended through August 31, 2022. Throughout the moratorium (and even before), scammers have preyed on borrowers who have taken a financial hit due to the pandemic or are hoping for student loan forgiveness. How can [...]

Beware of Student Loan Scams2022-04-06T09:55:38-05:00

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

Recorded Webinar: Federal Student Loan Payments Resume Soon – Time to Refinance?

Federal student loan payments and interest are now set to resume after August 31, 2022. What does this mean for federal student loan borrowers? Should you consider refinancing your federal and/or private student loans at today's low interest rates? In our recent webinar, our College Counselor explained the upcoming [...]

Recorded Webinar: Federal Student Loan Payments Resume Soon – Time to Refinance?2022-04-06T09:58:31-05:00

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

Why Refi With a Credit Union?

You've decided to refinance one or more of your student loans - now how do you find the right lender? With so many options available, finding the right option can seem overwhelming. While there are many factors to consider, here are several reasons to select a credit union for [...]

Why Refi With a Credit Union?2022-04-06T10:00:33-05:00
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