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Action Plan: How to Maximize Your Financial Aid

As students head off to college, dealing with the costs of education can be overwhelming. Add in the cost of living like food, books, and basic accommodations like furnishing a college room and the cost can grow quickly. Good news, financial aid has taken these things into account when calculating

July Financial Checklist

1. Suns out, buns out! Summer cookout season is in full gear. Consider these precautions as you’re sure to cook up some great memories this summer. And don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board for some great grilling recipes. 2. Apply for Next Years’ College Scholarships Have a kid

What You Need to Know About Financial Aid

There are many ways to pay for college, and it can be confusing to decipher lingo of financial aid. James Myers, a 19 year financial aid veteran from Webster University breaks down the language barrier in his overview “What You Need to Know about Financial Aid.” What is financial aid?

July Financial Checklist

1. Check in on your credit score Your credit score determines the interest rates for your mortgage and other loans, so keeping tabs every once in a while is good practice. If you’ve been making all your payments on time and you notice a sudden dip in your score, this

How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay

Each year, an estimated 60% of college students graduate with student loans. Scholarships are one of your best defenses against this post college debt. About $3.3 billion in “gift aid” is awarded by private sources each year. Make applying for scholarships a priority right now! Lori Hudson, who votes on our

Changes to 529 Savings Plans Coming in 2015

If you’re trying to figure out how to afford your child’s higher education costs, you’ll want to make the most informed decisions possible. One of the best places to start is a 529 College Savings Plan which are state-sponsored, tax-advantaged savings accounts that can be used to pay for qualified college

June Financial To-Dos

When the weather is warmer, it’s easy to slip into higher spending. This month’s to-do list narrow’s its scope for a cost-effective summer. 1. Conserve Your Energy & Reduce Your Bills – Slash your summer utility bills and maximize your savings by turning off your appliances while not in use,