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The Campus Debit Card Trap & Your Financial Aid

College is a time of many firsts for a student: First time living away from home, first time doing your own household chores and, for many, first time getting your own debit card. With the wide variety of options available from different banks, it can be hard for a young adult to make sense of…

Recent Changes to Student Aid: What Are They and How Do They Affect You

College is expensive. Many students can’t afford going to college without the help of Federal Student Aid. The Federal Student Aid program helps “ensure that all eligible individuals benefit from federal financial assistance—grants, loans and work-study programs—for education beyond high school.” However, the Student Aid program will be different starting in the upcoming school year…

Divorce and Financial Aid

What happens when parents are getting a divorce and financial aid for their dependent child has yet to be processed for the next school term? Even if parents are just separating, it often requires a student to itemize the income of the student and of the custodial parent on the joint income tax return. If…

Peterson’s: Top Ten Financial Aid Tips for Parents

You won’t want to miss Peterson’s top 10 financial aid tips for parents: Looking for financial aid to help foot the tuition bill? Follow these 10 tips to help you secure the funding help you need and remember — don’t wait until your child’s senior year to start thinking about student aid. The sooner you…

The UC Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan

Qualifying students can take advantage of a new program from the University of California called the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan. For California residents whose families earn less than $80,000 per year, this plan will cover your educational and student service fees. Why Did UC Create the Blue and Gold Plan? The University of California…

What is the Berkeley Middle Class Access Plan and Who Qualifies?

In December 2011, UC Berkeley announced the Middle Class Access Plan, or MCAP, a financial aid program targeted towards middle-class families. With over half the students at UC Berkeley already receiving some form of financial aid and tuition rates on the rise (rates have doubled in the past 6 years), the school sought a way…