Parents: It’s Time for YOU to Go Back to School

It’s August! Whether your student is gearing up for education mode, or right in the middle of first-week preparations, August means it's the start of back to school season. Stretch Out Summer Earnings with a Clear Savings Plan Embarking on a summer job may be new territory for your student. Before spending a penny, talk to your student about … [Read more...]

Extra Summer Job Earnings? Before Spending a Penny, Talk to Your Student About These 4 Ways to Budget

1. Stick to a savings plan A good rule of thumb is save first and spend what you have left over. Agreeing on a savings plan ahead of time will make it easier to part with a chunk of the money. A popular (and fair) budgeting technique is the 50/30/20 budget: 50% → Necessities 30% → Wants 20% → Savings Let’s say your student earns … [Read more...]

Do Higher Discounts Help Out Students or Colleges?

It’s July! Time to soak in those warm summer rays and get some well-deserved R&R. Private Colleges are Offering Discounts at Historic Levels Did you know private school discounts are at an all-time high? Tuition and fees are 44.2% for all undergraduates and 49.1% for first-time, full-time freshman. But does that weigh in favor of the … [Read more...]

Federal Student Loan Interest Rates were Announced, and They’re Rising

It’s June! Summer is here!  A warm congratulations to our graduating seniors.  You did it! If you have soon-to-be college freshmen, this summer will be a critical time to create your detailed college funding plan for the next four years. For many families, this will include some loans. Federal student loan interest rates are rising for the … [Read more...]

15 Things to Know About U.S. News’ College Rankings

By Lynn O'Shaughnessy  Published originally on TheCollegeSolution.com While U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings are wildly popular, few families know much about how they are created. Before you place too much faith in U.S. News’ college rankings, here are 15 things that you should know about them. 1. U.S. News relies on rankings to … [Read more...]

How to Craft a College Budget That’ll Set Up Your Student for Success

It's May! Congratulations to all our graduating seniors! Our students have received offers from so many great colleges all around the U.S., including Bucknell, Cal Poly, Claremont McKenna, Grinnell, Macalester, Penn State, RPI, Smith, Syracuse, U. of Hawaii, U. of Oregon, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, Virginia Tech, Whitman and many more. Another … [Read more...]

Making and Sticking to a College Budget

By Kaitlin Hurtado Published April 3rd, 2018 on Uloop “Broke” and “college student” are often paired together when discussing the typical student’s financial situation. Between struggling a part-time job (or several) and academics or waiting until your next financial aid disbursement, you might find yourself struggling to get by at one point or … [Read more...]

“No Loan” Colleges & Your Guide to Federal Student Loan Repayment Plans

April is here! For seniors, college acceptances and financial aid offers are in. Now comes the tough time: Choosing a college that's your student’s best academic, social, and financial fit. For many families, student loans—both federal and private—may be part of your decision process to choose the college that’s a good financial fit. Parents … [Read more...]

Financial Aid Appeals, Dare 2B Digital & Wine Event at Salud!

Looking forward to Springtime, aren't you? If you have high school seniors, college acceptances and financial aid awards (scholarships, grants, and loans) are starting to arrive. Appealing your financial aid award is possible for some students. Check out this month's "Tips for Parent of Seniors" to learn if, how and when to appeal for more … [Read more...]

Master Your Financial Aid Appeal in 5 Easy Steps

It’s about that time of year—when your senior is mid-way through their term—that financial aid packages come flooding into your mailbox. Seeing the raw numbers may cause a bit of panic. You remember hearing something about appealing financial aid, but where do you start? It’s a pretty straightforward process, and worth trying. Financial aid … [Read more...]