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Repayment Tips for Student Loans – Part 1

Students who need to take out student loans during college don’t give much thought to the accumulating financial burden they will face after graduation. The issue is only compounded further with no bills coming for months after graduation. It can be easy to forget about the student loans and not prepare to pay them back…

Financial Aid: Need Blind vs. Need Aware Admissions Policy

One of the first things you’ll want to find out about when you’re seeking financial aid from a school is what the school’s admissions policy is for students who need assistance with college money. Schools maintain different policies in regards to how generous they are with applicants applying for aid. Understanding the difference between a…

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October 2012: College IS an Investment & More

Happy October! It’s the month of tricks and treats but there’s no need to be scared by college deadlines. This is the perfect time for parents of juniors and seniors to start taking steps to maximize your family’s financial aid eligibility. This past weekend’s College Smart Radio – Tackling the Runaway Costs of College show…

September 2012: College Smart Radio Debuts & More

Happy September! Now that school is back in session, this is the perfect time for you and your student to start taking steps to make college more affordable. If you have more questions than answers, make sure you reserve a seat at this Thursday’s Back-To-School College Funding Workshop – I’ll give you some great tools…

All About Federal Perkins Loans

In the last couple of posts we have discussed different types of student loans, including Stafford Loans and Federal PLUS Loans, which leads us to Federal Perkins Loans. Federal Perkins Loans are low-interest loans (5% for the 2012-2013 school year) for both undergraduate and graduate/professional students with high financial need. It is available through government…

PLUS Loans – The Ins and Outs of Being a Borrower

Last week we discussed the details of Stafford Loans, so this week we’ll go over the ins and outs of PLUS loans. What Are They? PLUS loans are one of many forms of federal financial aid that is available for both undergraduate and graduate students. They are made available to the parents of dependent undergraduate…