A 5-Minute Guide to Student Loans

You may have heard that college in this country isn’t cheap. Maybe you’ve even encountered this firsthand for yourself, a child or another family member. But knowing that getting a degree is going to be expensive doesn’t mean you know how to pay for it. When you are a student or even parent of a more »

Colleges misleading students about financial aid requirements

As if paying for college isn’t already hard enough, it now looks like some schools are deliberately making it tougher for students to learn about and apply for aid that might be a big help to them. The Washington Post reported that a federal lawmaker is harshly criticizing some colleges. A prominent House Democrat charged more »

Four sneaky college financial aid tactics that can backfire

It’s financial aid application time, and students (and parents) are eager to get as much help as they kind. To that end, they may even be tempted to skirt the rules a bit. But as this story notes, that can really come back to haunt you. There are legitimate ways to get better offers, but more »

5 Places to Hunt for Free College Financial Aid Help

Spotted this quick and easy list of five places to find financial aid help today, and wanted to share… From Yahoo News: If you find the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA, intimidating, you’re not alone. Families must fill out the FAFSA every year with their financial information, which is used more »

Get Started on the FAFSA Now!

It’s a very good idea to start working on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as early as possible. The application for the 2013-14 school year is available now. If you want to get it over with and check one thing off your financial aid to-do list, you can submit your application here. more »

Why You May Need Patience to Pay for College

I’ve always been a big proponent of starting college directly after high school. My feeling was that taking a hiatus from school would break the student’s stride and would also make them less likely to return to school. I know there are many fans of the “gap year,” but I’ve seen far too many students more »