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Staying on Top of Your Student Loans: 3 Common Habits & Solutions

You’ve taken the big step of borrowing student loan money.  While you’ve conquered one hurdle, the next challenges will arise in how you handle your loan situation throughout your college years.  Avoid these 3 habits and keep our suggestions in mind to break bad habits—with student loans and in life! Keeping Tabs of Your Debt…

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June Newsletter 2014: Rising Student Loan Rates, The Western Undergraduate Exchange & More

It’s June! Warm afternoons, days spent with your toes in the sand at the beach, tossing aside winter and spring attire for jean shorts and tank tops… Yes, summer is here! Congratulations if you have a soon to be college freshmen. This summer will be a critical time to create your detailed college funding plan…

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On a Budget? 10 Ways to Save Money at College

Most every student wants to get the most bang for the buck at college.  And who can blame them?  With the price of college running at more than double the rate of inflation, every dollar counts.  And it’s not just the standing costs – tuition and fees, and room and board – it’s the recurring…

Western Undergraduae Exchange

An Inside Look at the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

Seniors: If you’re looking for a way to obtain more financial aid at a college on the western side of the United States, the Western Undergraduate Exchange may be the way to go. Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) operates as a non-profit facility and essentially acts as an informational hub, conveying data or…

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Secrets for Cutting the Cost of College

If you are thinking about returning to school the issue of finances has likely come up. You’ll hear a lot about affordability and the cost of school interchanged, but affordability is different than cost. Think of it this way: cost is just the baseline; affordability can be considered how you’re going to manage that cost….

May 2014 Newsletter: How Much to Borrow for College, 5 Steps to Building a Smart Budget & More

  It’s May! May 1st was the deadline for most college decisions. Congratulations to those seniors who made their challenging college choice! For those of you with young kids, you may wonder which type of savings plan is right for your child’s college fund.  Should you consider saving in a 529 plan, a brokerage account,…