Tips for Maximizing Need and Merit-Based Aid for College

You may wonder if you can qualify for need or merit-based financial aid. These funds are important if you want to go to a university but don’t want to spend the rest of your life paying for it. Here are a few tips to help you maximize the amount of aid you receive, even if […]

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College Funding Tips: Private Versus Federal Loans

Funding college can be difficult with tuition in the tens of thousands of dollars per year at most private institutions. There are many options for loans, but how can you know which one is right for you? Here are a few differences between private and federal loans. Private lenders are going to want to know […]

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Merit-Based Vs. Need-Based Financial Aid – Understanding the Difference

If you are looking for financial aid for school, you have two main options: merit-based aid and need-based aid. Before you write yourself off as only being able to apply for one or the other, we’re going to discuss both options, the pros and cons, and why you need to apply for both types regardless […]

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The Best Tips for Students Seeking Financial Aid for College

With college tuition costs constantly on the rise, it makes sense to begin looking for financial aid as soon as possible. But you may have some questions regarding the process and whether or not it is even worth going through it based on your family’s income. Here are a few tips for students seeking financial […]

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3 Things to Do the Summer Before College Starts

Every year, students graduate high school with the prospect of college beginning in the Fall. You should already know where you are going by the time summer arrives, but what can you do with those last few months? Here are a few suggestions for high school seniors who are thinking about how to spend their […]

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4 Ways to Maximize Merit-Based Aid and Other Forms of College Funding

Don’t write off need-based aid just because your family isn’t low income. Plenty of financial aid for school goes uncollected every year, so by applying for the right aid at the right time, you may have access to funds you never imagined possible. At the same time, you want to put all of your hard […]

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Why College Students May End Up Paying for the Tax Overhaul

Whether you love or you hate recent changes to the tax code, you need to be aware of how it will affect students who intend to go to college. Here are a few ways that the tax overhaul may end up costing students more money in the long run. SALT Tax Exemptions Have Been Limited […]

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The Four Types of Direct Student Loans

The primary system in place for getting federal student loans is the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program. When you receive a student loan in this manner, it is the U.S. Department of Education that is loaning the money to you. The program consists of four loan types. Here is some more information on each […]

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Understanding “Need-Based” Financial Aid Formulas

No one pays full price for college. It’s not a rule, but between aid-based and non-aid-based funding sources, everybody should get something. Today, we’re going to tackle a complicated subject as simply as possible, how your family’s financial need is calculated. The Financial Aid Formula The basic formula for need-based financial aid looks like this: […]

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The Different Types of Scholarships and Why You Shouldn’t Rely on Them

Are you an excellent student who hopes to go to the university of your choice? That’s an exciting prospect. You may even qualify for a scholarship. We’re going to tell you about two different types of scholarships. Just be sure that your future education isn’t riding solely on being offered one. Merit-Based Scholarships Universities want […]

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