How to Determine Your Dependency Status in 3 Simple Steps

Knowing your dependency status beforehand will help you when it’s time to file your FAFSA. As you know, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps the government and your college determine how much tuition you and your family can afford to pay versus what you will still need to attend. Finding out if you’re a dependent or independent student can seem tricky, which is why I want to break down and demystify this process. [Read more…]

The Grand Debate Finale: Off-Campus Housing

The debate is coming to a close, and Team Off-Campus Housing will now present its case. You’ll see that this post is formatted the same way as The Great-Debate Beginnings: On-Campus Housing, including statements from Team Off-Campus with rebuttals from Team-On Campus. This round of the debate will focus more on how these housing options will affect your finances. Before enrolling in a college or university, it’s critical for you factor in all of your expenses, including where you choose to live. [Read more…]

8 Companies Offering Killer Tuition Reimbursement Programs

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Tuition reimbursement programs are all the rage right now. Companies know that the rising costs of college make it difficult to start or continue your education. Luckily there are several places that students can work at that offer tuition assistance. Many of the companies in this list hire students at any degree level, and are able to work around a school schedule. This type of tuition assistance will help you save money, and make it easier to balance both your school and work life.

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Decode Your Financial Aid Award Letter

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You know you’re going to college, you’ve filed your FAFSA, applied to colleges and universities, and now you’re getting financial aid award letters. Since there is no standard format that colleges have to follow, it can be difficult to decode you award letters. Despite how varied these letters initially appear, they all contain the same information and it’s just a matter of knowing what to look for and what it all means. [Read more…]

5 More .Gov Sites to Bookmark for College

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There’s a lot of information available online, but not all of it can be trusted. Government websites are excellent resources for students to find accurate information and discover a variety education and career opportunities. I wrote a post some time ago with Five .Gov Websites to Bookmark for College containing websites about college affordability like grants, scholarships, and filing your FAFSA. Today is part two, with a short list of government websites to help you find and manage career opportunities while you’re still in school. [Read more…]

5 Tips for Staying Ahead of Your Loans

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The impact that higher education will have on your life is priceless. However, actually attending college does come at a cost. Hopefully you can pay for your tuition with scholarships and grants but, if you’re like many students today, you may have to rely on loans to help you pay for your education.

While it’s tempting to not think about your loans until your senior year of college, it’s much less stressful in the long-run if you start managing them while you’re still in school. [Read more…]

10 Scholarship Myths Debunked

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Scholarships have been around for a long time now and (as with anything that has a history) rumors circulate and make scholarships look bad. Believing these rumors may discourage you from applying to scholarships. As you already know, a scholarship award is free money. Let me repeat that, A SCHOLARSHIP AWARD IS FREE MONEY! [Read more…]

The 411 on Work-Study

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Filing your FAFSA is essential for you to obtain financial aid that will help you pay for college. As you fill out your FAFSA, you will come across a question about applying for work-study. This question can be difficult to answer if you don’t know what work-study is, or if you can even participate in this program. Well, you’ve come to the right place to get the 411 on the Federal Work-Study program. [Read more…]

Earn a Merit Scholarship: 11 Best PSAT Prep Tools

Merit ScholarhipsThe PSAT is a source of stress for students. But, fret not! There are prep courses and study habits students can utilize to maximize their scores.

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10 Financial Management Tools for Savvy College Students

Financial ManagementIt’s no secret that college is expensive. It helps tremendously when students have financial management plans, since they won’t feel overwhelmed by college loans and the stress of having to deal with every day expenses without a blueprint. Learning how to manage finances is an immense help to students. Unfortunately, learning these skills proves to be harder than one would expect.

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