Federal Aid

Higher Education Hunger

Eating while in college. That phrase conjures images of the so-called “Freshman 10” (or more realistically these days, the “Freshman 15”), which refers to the weight gain many new college students experience their first year away from home on campus. For me, that phrase brings back memories of the Hilltop Sub Shop, which was right ...

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Prom Planning Beats College Costs Planning

A survey conducted by Sallie Mae released yesterday revealed several surprising, if not shocking, statistics on how serious high-school seniors take paying for college. The survey, which compared their prom decisions to their financial loan decisions discovered about half of senior girls and senior boys spent more time planning for their senior prom (such as ...

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Education Funding Cuts

The economic downturn (some say “crisis”) has finally come to land on public education at all levels. My post today, however, will deal with higher education, mainly state universities across the nation. What were once “reasonable” costs for state universities are now going to rise dramatically due to states cutting support due to massive budget ...

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Pell Grant Applications

I’m a big “How to . . . ” guy. I must have a hundred how-to books in my library. In the spirit of being self-sufficient, I enjoy learning new tricks of the various trades out there. If you’re a high school senior waiting for your decisions to come in, or (more likely) you’re trying ...

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Nationalized Student Lending

Feeling a bit overwhelmed with the Federal government becoming more and more intertwined in your daily life? If you’re a college-bound student, or even a current student, you and your parents should be aware of the the latest Federal initiative: the elimination of private lenders from the student loan market. I’m a big anti-fan of ...

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Financial Aid – Five Steps

Even if you believe that future college costs are essentially unpredictable, there are still a few steps you can take to position yourself financially: If you can, save enough to pay for the worst case scenario. This is certainly the most conservative assumption, and if are able to save for it you will be able ...

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