What is Merit Aid and How Do I Get Some?

You may have heard of merit aid, that it helps pay for college, or maybe you know it as merit scholarships. This is what you need to know about merit aid as you prep for college applications. Colleges grant merit aid scholarships to students based on their academic or other achievements. It could be an impressive GPA, athletic skills, an … [Read more...]

5 Questions Parents Most Often Ask About Their 529 Plans

529 plans are one of the go-to college savings options for parents. They are heavily marketed, tax-advantaged, let you make high annual contributions, and don’t have income or age restrictions. Many families have some money in 529 plans (which they plan to use for college). If you’re one of those families who have some college savings into a 529 … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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