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The Skinny on Stafford Loans: Subsidized & Unsubsidized

When going to college, financial aid can be a scary and intimidating process. With unfamiliar terms and long lengthy processes, applying for and accepting student loans can make the transition to college a bit complicated. Traditionally, there are two common forms of federal student loans that are made available to undergraduate students; subsidized and unsubsidized…

What Does “Need-Blind” Admissions Mean?

When most students apply to college, they expect to be accepted based on their merits and not financial aid. Some schools, like Wesleyan University, are known for “need-blind” admissions, meaning they consider a student regardless of their ability to pay, in addition to offering to meet all of their financial needs. This isn’t always a…

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…

How to Create a College Funding Plan

Earning a higher income or having substantial assets doesn’t have to mean you’ll pay a premium for a college education. Creating a college funding plan can save money on your child’s education. Even if your students are juniors, seniors or already in college, it’s not too late to get a plan together. There are many…

College Fund Piggybank

June 2012: Top 10 Financial Aid Tips & More

Greetings! Happy June! Is your student finishing up their Junior year? Now is the time for them to start seriously considering where they want to go to school after high school, and transition into the role of “college-bound Seniors.” Encourage your son or daughter to start thinking about how far away they want to be…