Sophia Westover
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Posted on January 16, 2020
After two and a half years-- and various attempts at a regular exercise schedule-- I have narrowed down what works for me on a budget and…
Bob Haegele
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Posted on January 14, 2020
Whether it’s the loss of a job, a sudden medical issue, or a home repair you can’t put off, an emergency fund helps ensure you will be able…
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on January 10, 2020
Whether you are interested in scholarships, grants, federal work-study programs, and/or loans applying for aid is critical.
Lily Westover
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Posted on January 9, 2020
Instead of one job, I am working two jobs: one as a fellow with the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, and one as an employee of the…
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on January 7, 2020
Education is all about measurement of how much you learned and your progress. Although an imperfect reflection of you, grades matter to…
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on January 2, 2020
Direct Deposit is the fastest way to receive place cash from income into your college savings.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on December 30, 2019
Excellent credit scores unlock a host of benefits and affordable financing options. They unleash the amazing benefits of best credit cards,…
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on December 24, 2019
When college is looming six or less years away, it may be a great to time to inspire your kid to start planning and create their own college…
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on December 19, 2019
You already know that you kid is an information sponge, so think about ways you can inspire your kid to learn healthy financial habits from…
Sophia Westover
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Posted on December 17, 2019
College students are left with a short amount of time and a smaller amount of funds. While hunting for the perfect secret Santa gift and…
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on December 13, 2019
There is a time when every parent thinks about how they are going to pay for college. For some, it starts at birth. Others, one day wake…
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on December 11, 2019
People grapple with how to prioritize their financial goals. Many are grappling with saving for your kids college and at the same time…
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on December 9, 2019
Have you ever had a grandparent, aunt, or uncle ask what to get your kids for the holidays? It happens every year to me. This year…
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on December 5, 2019
Before your family creates your paying-for-college plan, understand a few college costs key terms and the differences by college and state.…
Sophia Westover
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Posted on December 3, 2019
People often associate college life with a diet of Top Ramen or other microwave meals; and while it’s true that we cannot afford to eat…
Diana Sung
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Posted on November 26, 2019
So how does a high school student rack up college credits before even crossing the stage to collect their diploma? Here are a few options…
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on November 20, 2019
Much like the sticker price of a new car on the Honda lot, most people pay a lower amount. College net price uses that sticker price/cost…
Laura Gariepy
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Posted on November 19, 2019
Not only do you need a boatload more money, you must consider fairness, your children’s individual preferences, and the best place to stash…
Laura Gariepy
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Posted on November 12, 2019
The holidays are approaching (which are expensive enough as it is), and you want your child there to celebrate with you. But, how can you…
Dan Ellentuck
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Posted on November 5, 2019
Money in a Roth can be used for any purpose, including beer and fishing tackle, while 529 distributions must be used for education. So…
Laura Gariepy
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Posted on October 31, 2019
Retailers and service providers want your business, so they’re willing to offer generous college student discounts to get it. These deals…
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on October 29, 2019
So you enroll in 12 credits, but guess what you learn later – if you keep up this pace of 12 credits a semester, you’ll need to enroll an…
Lily Westover
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Posted on October 24, 2019
When I entered college, I was so focused on the academic and social aspects that money and budgeting were barely a thought. I had saved up…
Dan Ellentuck
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Posted on October 22, 2019
Qualified Tuition Programs, a.k.a. “529s” are a great way to save for college, but like anything involving the IRS, getting the most out of…
Sophia Westover
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Posted on October 17, 2019
Before jumping into this post, I feel like I should include a disclaimer that, historically, I am not great with money. Living on my own in…
Laura Gariepy
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Posted on October 15, 2019
From actual school costs to living life, being a college student is expensive! To help your cash flow, you’ve been thinking about picking up…
Diana Sung
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Posted on October 1, 2019
Be in high school and college at the same time with dual enrollment to save on college costs.
Dan Ellentuck
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Posted on September 23, 2019
Applying for financial aid can be time consuming and stressful, especially for first timers, so don’t worry if you feel a bit intimidated.…
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on September 12, 2019
After talking with the College Guidance Counselor at your kid’s high school, your head is swirling with all these things you didn’t think…
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on September 5, 2019
Consider these options if your family finds yourselves still trying to pay that college tuition bill after you exhausted your free money…
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on August 28, 2019
I thought I’d dedicate this article to her and all college students starting their college journey as well as their personal financial lives
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on August 21, 2019
So, this year you are considering bringing your father’s old Honda Civic to campus. Well, think about these potential costs when you are…
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on August 14, 2019
So how do you reduce the college cost of buying college textbooks? Consider these six hacks to reduce the textbook college costs.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on August 8, 2019
The two most common loans to pay for college costs that fill this gap are the Federal Parent PLUS Loan and the Private Student Loan.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on August 6, 2019
Find your balance of savings, cash, and financing to pay for college.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on August 1, 2019
In order to find the most affordable parent loan option for you, take these three steps.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on July 24, 2019
Make certain you find the best loan option for your needs by educating yourself on Federal Parent PLUS Loan as well as a Private Parent…
Mike Zappulla
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Posted on July 17, 2019
These indirect costs are necessary to factor in to your college decision, and will help you better understand the true cost of college.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on July 10, 2019
If you and your student are not certain how you are going to pay the remaining amount due, then review your options.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on July 2, 2019
Consider your monthly budget pie when your student is in college
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on June 28, 2019
Knowing it is a common experience to be a borrower, turn that concerns into action to become the most successful borrower that you can be…
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on June 13, 2019
By understanding how a grace period works, you can unlock saving on your student loans.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on June 4, 2019
Developing critical thinking skills, exploring creative problem solving, expanding a student’s social network, and enhancing civic…
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on June 3, 2019
So, what are your options if your parents will not be a co-signer so you can be approved for a Private Student Loan?
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on May 30, 2019
Borrowing a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan is more affordable starting July 1, 2019.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on May 28, 2019
Starting July 1, 2019, the interest rate is 4.53%, which is .52% lower than last year's rate.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on May 22, 2019
Know the biggest reasons why financial aid may change in the future.
Patrick Kandianis
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Posted on May 16, 2019
Do these student loan sites offer me any additional information that I could not find on my own? The insider answer: maybe
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on May 14, 2019
Before you sign on that student loan, analyze what this will mean to your finances, understand your student’s future earning potential, and…
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on May 6, 2019
Almost every college and university offers meal plans, but each #mealplan can be as different as the college itself.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on May 1, 2019
It’s time to consider if there are a few ways to use someone else’s money to pay down some of that debt.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on April 25, 2019
We suggest that you consider the following when deciding on how to request those 529 plan funds:
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on April 11, 2019
Families of soon-to-be high school graduates are too focused on paying for the first-year college.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on April 9, 2019
Let’s review the items that make up the college’s cost of attendance as defined by the federal government.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on April 8, 2019
Even though your lenders don’t require a student to make payments, there are three key benefits to making payments while in-school.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on April 2, 2019
For private student loans, lenders want to look at historic economic indicators that a loan applicant can repay.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on March 28, 2019
Understand the outside scholarship math at all the schools you are applying for admission.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on March 25, 2019
Put sticker shock in check by understanding the net price.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on March 20, 2019
Inspiration for College Paying Chats
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on March 17, 2019
Unlike many other forms of credit, Federal Parent PLUS Loans don’t look at your credit score or your income to debt ratio.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on March 14, 2019
Make your loans more affordable by interest payment while enrolled
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on March 12, 2019
Ultimately, adverse credit history is a criteria to assess if the parent borrower has demonstrated poor financial habits.
Colleen Krumwiede
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Posted on March 5, 2019
According to Pew Research Center, thirty five percent of traditional aged students work during summer in between academic years.