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Planning & Paying for College: How Educational Consultants Can Help

Colleges have been around for centuries, yet year after year, getting into college and paying for college are two of the most challenging processes for students and families. How do you choose the right college? How do you get into it? How do you pay for the one you choose? These types of questions are […]
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PLUS or Private Student Loan: Which is Right for You?

Let’s discuss the differences between PLUS and private student loans.  If you’ve managed to use up all of the financial aid and scholarship awards you are determined to receive, but you still need to cover a remaining balance, you’ll need to consider these differences. Either loan will serve its purpose in covering the rest of your […]
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    Weekly Wrap Up 11/9 – 11/13

    In case you missed anything this week, here’s a weekly wrap up! Student Loan Repayment: What You Should Know: Ready to start making those payments?  Here are some things you might like to know about the process. What is the FAFSA?: Let’s clear up some confusion about what the FAFSA is and why it’s important. Have […]
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    Tuition-Free Colleges

    Right now, with the 2016 Presidential campaign in full-swing, we are hearing a lot of talk from different candidates surrounding the student debt crisis.  Let’s face it, college is necessary for nearly everyone who wants to get ahead  in life and it’s entirely too expensive.  These conversations between the candidates, however, don’t do much to […]
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    What is the FAFSA?

    We talk about the FAFSA a lot, but some of you may not know what it is.  This is especially true if you are in high school and just starting your college planning journey.  Almost all colleges and universities require that you file your FAFSA as part of enrollment, and you are required to submit […]
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    5 Student Loan Mistakes to Avoid

    Some student loan mistakes are made when applying for and taking out the loans and others are made during repayment.  We want to tackle both types of mistakes to help you avoid them! Here are our student loan mistakes to avoid: Not knowing how much you need.  Almost all schools require students to fill out the […]
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    Relax Over the Holiday Breaks

    Thanksgiving is only a month away, then it will be finals time and, finally, winter break.  We know you’re counting the days until you can recharge and we don’t blame you!  But, before you drop everything and head home for the holidays, make sure you’ve gotten everything squared away.  This will ensure complete relaxation, the […]
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    November Scholarship Deadlines!

    Fall semester is coming to a rapid close.  Where did the time go?  Before we know it, it will be Thanksgiving and tuition bills will be arriving for next semester.  Are you ready? We can help by providing you the following information on upcoming November scholarship deadlines. If you’re still in high school, that means […]
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    What’s the Difference Between a PLUS Loan and a Private Loan?

    Road2College recently published an article outlining the differences between the Parent PLUS loan and a private student loan.  This information is important for any students who have exhausted all other financial means in paying for college, but still have a funding gap to cover. The article includes an easy-to-read graph which outlines the differences between the […]
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    Compare Schools Using College Scorecard

    On September 12, President Obama announced the Department of Education’s launch of a new College Scorecard, a tool that students and families can now use to learn all about specific colleges and universities in the United States. According to the President’s speech, this new platform was designed to provide clear and reliable data surrounding each […]
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    What Can Private Student Loans Be Used For?

    One of the big questions students have when considering alternative sources of education funding is, “What can private student loans be used for?” Should you use your loans to pay for your spring break, or Christmas gifts? That’s probably not the best idea. But what about books or computers? Private student loans can be used […]
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    Fact or Fiction: Financial Aid Edition

    When you’re going through the financial aid application process, there’s a good chance you will sift through a bunch of new information that might not make sense to you. You will certainly hear or read a bunch of conflicting statements regarding financial aid, and you might not know which ones to believe, and which ones […]
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    The Student Debt Problem & How Consolidation Can Help

    Rising student loan debt has always been a serious concern in this country, but according to a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last week, the problem might be more menacing than ever. The report reveals some pretty sobering truths, including: The total outstanding balance on student loans is $994 billion, […]
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    Crafting A Repayment Plan for Your Student Loans

    It’s a time of great change for the members of the recently-graduated Class of 2015. While looking for the right opportunities, everyone is trying to figure out their new life – and just as importantly, how to pay for it. The first step toward gaining your footing financially is to take stock of your income and […]
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    What does it Mean to Refinance?

    Student debt in this country is higher than ever before at $1.2 trillion, and college graduates are struggling with high payments and crazy high interest rates. As a result, more and more refinance lenders are establishing themselves in the market. Lenders such as CommonBond, CordiaGrad and DRB are offering students refinancing solutions to help them […]
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    The Student-Parent Connection: Preparing

    The Student-Parent Connection is a monthly feature here on College Money Insider. We have a student and parent share their thoughts and experiences as they save up for college and prepare to go through the college application process. Today’s post is by Avery Khandagle! If you have any advice or thoughts for students preparing for […]
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    Federal Loan Repayment Options

      When it’s time for student loan repayment, it’s important to know your options.  Six months after you graduate, or otherwise leave college, your federal payment plan will kick into action, putting you on the 10 year payment plan. If you can afford to keep this plan, then keep it!  Paying off your loans in […]
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    PLUS or Private Student Loan: Which is Right for You?

    Let’s discuss the differences between PLUS and private student loans.  If you’ve managed to use up all of the financial aid and scholarship awards you are determined to receive, but you still need to cover a remaining balance, you’ll need to consider these differences. Either loan will serve its purpose in covering the rest of your […]
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    Student Loans: Why Everyone Thinks 2016 will be a Crucial Year

    The following is a guest post by Stacy B Miller, Content Editor. She has been working with Oak View Law Group for the last 4-5 years. Her hard work and passion has helped her to make it to where she is today.