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Your Guide to Covering College Living Expenses

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From registering for classes to taking out student loans to covering your tuition, preparing for college is quite a process. Unfortunately, many college students overlook the importance of planning for day-to-day living expenses, which can put them in a tricky financial situation when the academic year kicks off. While tuition, room, and board will likely be your biggest expenses throughout college, smaller living expenses add up. With this in mind, it’s best to budget for these costs and have a plan for covering them while you’re in school. By preparing for your college living expenses now, you can better enjoy …

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When to Apply for Student Loans

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In 2018, about 69% of all college students took out some type of student loan. This statistic, which includes both private loans and federal student loans, demonstrates how much students rely on this type of financial assistance to attend college. But student loans don’t automatically appear, even if you’re more than qualified to receive them. Finding and applying for student loans is a very specific process that, while maybe enabling you to attend the school of your choice, also obligates you and your cosigner (if applicable) to repay a debt. To get the financial assistance you need, below are some …

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Variable vs. Fixed Student Loan Rates

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Taking out student loans for the first time can be overwhelming, especially when you receive loads of advice from every direction about interest rates, lenders, and loan terms. We can help you break down interest rates quickly so that you can get back to enjoying your last summer before college. What is an Interest Rate? When you take out any kind of student loan, there are certain conditions attached. One of those conditions is interest. Interest is the amount of money you pay to the lender in exchange for taking out a loan. It is usually expressed as a percentage, …

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Why Use a Cosigner for Your Student Loan?

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Often, students need cosigners in order to qualify for a student loan or student loan refinance. This is because many students don’t have an extensive credit history of their own. The other person cosigns the loan application so that the lender will consider their credit and income as well as yours. There are many benefits to using this strategy if you know someone who is willing to cosign your student loan. In this blog, we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about having a cosigner on your student loan. What are some of the benefits of having …

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Mixing Federal and Private Student Loans

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The cost of college has increased dramatically since the days your parents attended college. It’s not uncommon to need a bit of help financing it. At this point, you’ve applied for scholarships and grants, and have pooled your savings. You may have gone as far as to take out federal student loans. And what if you still can’t finance the full cost of your college education? After taking out federal loans, many students supplement them with private loans. Some students even skip federal loans and borrow all they need from private lenders such as banks and credit unions if they …

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Federal vs. Private Student Loans

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At last, the college admissions process is over. You’ve filled out your FAFSA, chosen your school, and gathered your scholarships. If you’re like most students, scholarships, savings, and financial aid probably don’t cover the entire cost of your education. Aside from tuition, there’s room and board, living expenses, textbooks – the list goes on. One option is to supplement your funds with student loans. It may seem scary at first, but we’re here to break down the two main types of student loans. Federal vs. Private Student Loans The two major categories of student loans are private student loans and …

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How High School Students Can Plan to Pay Off Student Loans

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The subject of whether a high school graduate should attend college has become controversial, particularly in recent years. Some argue that college isn’t quite as “necessary” as it once was. This is particularly true due to the state of the job market and the rising costs of college in the United States. However, this argument isn’t necessarily supported by facts – or at least, by current statistics. The Value of a College Education: Breaking Things Down According to NCES, employment rates were higher in 2017 for 25 to 34-year-olds who had obtained higher levels of education versus those who hadn’t. …

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A Freshman’s Guide: Student Loan Basics

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So you’ve chosen your dream school but it’s too expensive to pay out of pocket. Even if you were fortunate enough to have received financial aid, scholarships, or grants, you still may need to fill the gap with loans. If you don’t know much about loans and aren’t sure how to apply for them, don’t worry – you’re not alone! Most American students are not required to take personal finance courses in high school. Furthermore, you probably were never in a position where you had to pay for something as costly as a college education. This can make things like …

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Should You Invest More into a Post-Graduate Education?

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With the cost of education on the rise, every college student has to make some important financial decisions. Not only do you want to seek out scholarships to ease the financial burden, but you also need to decide how much debt you can handle for tuition and student living. Some students take a slower path to work their way through school. Some rush ahead to a high-paying job at the end that will ultimately make debt repayment faster. And these financial decisions are doubly important when it comes to graduate school. If you’ve recently graduated or will graduate soon, no …

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Parent PLUS Loans and Other Student Loans for Parents

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One of the biggest things on your mind as a parent is probably supporting your child through college. A potential way to do this is by using college savings accounts to save money for tuition, textbooks, and other education-related expenses. However, savings accounts are only useful if you have time to plan ahead for your child’s college education, and enough disposable income that you can comfortably set aside money month-over-month. Fortunately, there are other ways to help your child pay for college: student loans for parents. Usually, when we think of student loans, we think about all the debt being …

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Student Loan Benefits for Veterans

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and many private organizations offer education benefits and assistance to veterans and their families. In fact, 25 percent of those benefitting from VAs education programs are non-Veterans. Below is an overview of these benefits. Keep in mind that many colleges and universities also have dedicated resources on campus to assist Veteran students in understanding and obtaining their full benefits. Post-9/11 GI Bill The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits for veterans enrolled in both degree and non-degree programs. Recent changes include lifting the 15-year time limit to use the …

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Are Private Student Loans the Best Option for You?

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For many of today’s students, student loans are the only effective way to get the education you want. You want to get the best possible start in life and ensure that you have the skills and education necessary to jump into the workforce and reach your career goals–and as college tuition prices continue to rise, student loans may be your best avenue for getting there. Before you jump in with student loans, however, it’s important to consider whether federal or private student loans are the right choice for you. What is a Private Student Loan? When most people think of …