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Archive for August 2014

Work-Study Programs Offer a Loophole in the FAFSA

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If you racked up some extra cash this summer with a part-time job, you may be hurting your chances of earning more student aid via the FAFSA.  Logically, the parental income should weigh the heaviest in financial aid decisions because they make the most.  This isn’t true.  In fact, your income accounts for up to…

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Optimism & Student Loans

"You are the best" written on a pole.

It’s no secret that student loan debt has continually rose over the years, but by how much exactly?  USA Today reported late last year that the Class of 2012 in the U.S. graduated carrying the burden of nearly $30,000 in student loan debt.  This number rose from $18,750 in 2004.  That’s about a 36% increase…

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Early Action: Is It Your Gateway to Merit Aid?

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Lazy summer days will soon linger behind us, and it’s especially difficult to push away the insistent demon of procrastination, whispering in your ear, “You have months to apply for college and the school year hasn’t even begun. Why start worrying about it now?”  You may want to flick the little pest away and remind…

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5 Thoughts to Confidently Shape Your Senior Year

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Soon-to-be Seniors: While you rightfully have college on the brain, don’t unknowingly dismiss the last year of your high school career. Visualize yourself stepping onto campus as an official senior.  Keep these thoughts in mind as you traverse classes, time alongside your friends and all the wonderful life experiences you’re about to embrace: Teachers love…

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