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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 Your House Can Impact Financial Aid

Hi Friend,  August is here! As the leisurely days of summer move into a bustling school year, we want to help make sure you and your student(s) are on an affordable college-bound path.  Is your student about to start their freshman year? Their first year of college is filled with new experiences that are both…

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…

Thinking about a Canadian Degree?

Hi Friend, Happy Canada Day!  Attending a Canadian university can be an excellent choice for US students who are academically focused, independent, and looking for an international education close to home. If your student is considering this, Road2College highlights the advantages to getting a degree in Canada. While most students go to college to help ensure that…

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…