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5 College Savings Strategies for Parents

If you are a parent, you have many priorities. Raising a happy, healthy child is top of mind of course, but another thought that has likely crossed your mind is how you will pay for your child’s college when the time comes. Now, if you’ve got a high school student and you haven’t saved much […]

Cheatsheet of Financial Aid Terms

FAFSA. NSLDS. EFC. SAP. With all these letters, you might feel the need to send out an S.O.S. for help! However, all these letters make up a part of the financial aid process and are important to know. But don’t send out your message of concern yet…the Financial Aid Office Staff is here to help! […]

Why File a FAFSA?

For the first time in 10 years, we won’t be filling out a FAFSA – that’s the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Our children have graduated from college and are working at jobs they love. Thanks more to their efforts than ours, they graduated with much less student debt than the government’s College Scoreboard […]

How to Find Scholarships

So, you’d like to apply for scholarships, but the idea of getting started overwhelms you. What’s the best approach that will give you a better chance of actually receiving scholarship money? I recently talked with Kevin Ladd, vice president of Scholarships.com, a free college scholarship search and financial aid information resource. Kevin had several ideas […]

3 Important Financial Aid Tips

Working in the college’s Financial Aid Office, I know first-hand how confusing and overwhelming the world of financial aid & financial literacy can be. So I’d like to outline 3 important tips for college students – all of which relate to a student’s success and education, which is our top priority! Tip #1 – Apply on […]

Student Loans: Be Careful What You Borrow

When you get your financial aid award notice, isn’t it tempting to “accept” the entire amount of your loan? For just a moment, you can imagine all the things you could do with the extra loan money. You could buy a new laptop. Work fewer hours. Fix your car. But wait—someday you will have to […]

8 Tips to Get out of College Debt Free

Yes, it’s possible to get out college without student loans – if you’re willing to work, save, and be resourceful. Why am I so sure? Because I did it myself! When I went off to Colorado State, I was a practical, numbers-oriented girl (still am) and the word “loans” gave me cold sweats. As much […]

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