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Looking For Ways to Cut Down on the Cost of College? Consider a WUE School.

What Exactly is the WUE? The Western Undergraduate Exchange, is a regional tuition exchange agreement whereby a resident of one of the 16 member states can go to college at a participating public institution in another WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) state, and pay 1.5 times the resident tuition of the enrolling institution….

Four Important Budgeting Tips for Students With Summer Job Earnings

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%…

How Colleges Assess Home Equity for Financial Aid

Guest blogger Lynn O’Shaughnessy is the owner/CEO of The College Solution How colleges assess home equity for financial aid Plenty of parents worry that their home equity might hurt their child’s chances for financial aid. Luckily, at most state and private colleges and universities, the equity in your primary home is a non-issue. That’s because most schools…

Tips for a Financially Responsible Student

Heading off to college means gaining independence in several ways, and financial independence is one of the most important. Take some time to teach your student to navigate financial waters before they are on their own to avoid trouble with credit cards, overdraft fees and other tricky financial woes. Here are a few steps to…

Your Guide to Federal Student Loans

Direct loans, repayments, need-based aid, dependent status… Do these make your head spin? College finances can be a confusing endeavor. We can help clear things up, starting with explaining the difference between two of the biggest federal loans available:  Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized student loans. Traditionally, these are the two most common forms of federal…

Class of 2022 – Juniors – It’s time to Ask For a Letter of Recommendation!

Guest blogger Harriet E. Katz is the owner/CEO of Creative Kid College Coach. This is a critical step to improve your college application! With the lack of standardized testing, colleges are putting extensive emphasis on how they evaluate a student’s fit for their school. An impactful letter of recommendation has taken on an even more significant role…