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Category: College Planning

June 27, 2019

College Budget Breakdown: The Cost of Education

According to the College Board, the cost to attend in-state public colleges averaged $25,290 for the 2017-2018 year and private colleges averaged $50,900. Wondering what goes into those costs? It’s time to do the math on college and the means of getting there. Here are the 5 main categories to consider.

June 27, 2019

Understanding the Financial Aid Award Letter

The financial aid award letter outlines the financial support available to a student and is provided by each school a student has been accepted to, as long as they filled out the FAFSA in the fall. While each award letter contains the same basic information, the formatting may be different. You’ll need to compare the terms, conditions and details of each letter to get the whole picture. In this article, we’ll help crack the code to find the best college fit.

June 27, 2019

How to Help Your Kid Without Paying Their Tuition

Most people aren’t in a position to provide an expensive college degree to each of their children. After setting aside money for an emergency fund, life insurance, mortgage payments and the cost of living, that’s okay! As a parent, you’ve got a responsibility to take care of your child – and yourself – financially. After all, you can’t take out a loan for retirement. Fortunately, you don’t have to pick up the tuition tab to help make college more affordable. In this article, we’ll show you 5 other options.

June 27, 2019

7 Ways to be a Responsible Borrower

Most people come out of college these days with some kind of student debt. Those monthly bills may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be difficult to manage your private student loan payments. From pre-college to post-college, it’s important to practice good financial habits when it comes to your student loans. Here our top tips to being a responsible borrower.

June 26, 2019

Student Loan Terms You Need to Know

As we approach the start of another academic year, more families are learning about student loans. Education finance can be confusing and, if you’re like most people, you’ve probably stumbled over the terminology. Before signing on the dotted line, here are 12 student loan terms you need to know.

June 26, 2019

5 Tips for Choosing the Best Private Student Loan

If you’ve already applied for grants, scholarships and federal student loans, but you still have a college financing gap, your next logical step is to apply for a private student loan. To help you, we’ve compiled a few tips to help you avoid the most common pitfalls when choosing a private student loan.

June 26, 2019

6 Tips for Paying Off Student Loans

Student loan repayment isn’t easy, but it’s definitely possible. With a little strategic planning and a lot of self-discipline, you can slowly but surely tackle your loans. Here are six tips to get you on the right track when it comes to dealing with student debt (and any debt).

June 26, 2019

So, You’re Looking for a Cosigner . . .

If you’re looking for a cosigner, you’re not alone. Over 90% of private student loans include them. There is a lot to keep in mind when trying to find a good candidate. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you move through the process.

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