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Not So FAFSA: How to Avoid a Student Aid Scam

Adam Levin | Posted 07.30.2015 | College
Adam Levin

First things first: In the form's acronym lies the secret to avoiding the money pitfalls--FAFSA is short for "FREE Application for Federal Student Aid." Yeah, I know, filling it out is time-consuming, but it's doable. It's also complex and requires information that you're going to have to bird-dog, but it is free.

Make Sure Your Freshman Gets a Money-Smart College Start

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

You've worked to train your children in money management, but college brings a whole new level of financial decision-making and challenges. So before they are off on their own, review these topics to make sure they're ready.

U.S. Government Acquires FAFSA Website That Was Confusing Students (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.24.2015 | Technology

The federal government has been taking down websites that host illegal activity for years, but in taking over a website -- specifi...

Merit Or Need-Based Scholarships: How Donors Can Turn The Tide Towards More Equitable Financial Aid

The Sillerman Center | Posted 07.20.2015 | College
The Sillerman Center

Today, many qualified students with demonstrated financial need are receiving inadequate aid packages from colleges. The term "admit-deny" even exists for schools that intentionally offer insufficient aid to students with need, with the expectation that they will not enroll.

10 Ways to Pay Off Your Student Loans in One Year

GOBankingRates | Posted 07.16.2015 | College
GOBankingRates

The good news: Employing all of the following 10 tips can help you get rid of your student loans in just one year. There are, however, a couple of things to consider, such as how much you owe versus how much you're earning. 

Financial Aid for Independent vs Dependent Students

Credible | Posted 07.17.2015 | Education
Credible

One major part of filling out the FASFA includes declaring if you are a independent or dependent student. This simple question can determine how much federal aid you receive, what types of loans you qualify for, and how much in student loans you can take out.

Your Best Military Student Loan Options

Credible | Posted 07.17.2015 | Education
Credible

If you serve or have served your country in one of the armed forces, then you are eligible for various types of educational financial aid. The options differ if you are in school, if you have already graduated but have not yet enlisted, or if you are on active duty or a veteran.

Your MBA Student Loan Cheat Sheet

CommonBond | Posted 07.14.2015 | College
CommonBond

What are all of your options for MBA loans? If you're a first-time borrower or a few years removed from taking out your undergraduate loans, the lending landscape can be confusing and challenging to navigate. Here's a quick guide to your loan options for funding your MBA

Affording an Education: A Guide To Your Financial Aid Options

Credible | Posted 07.09.2015 | Education
Credible

With billions of dollars available annually for students to pay for their education, most college students utilize at least one type of financial aid. Financial aid options come from federal and state governments, individual colleges, or private organizations, and is available in the following forms.

Your Financial Aid Questions Answered

Credible | Posted 07.07.2015 | Education
Credible

For students entering college, applying for financial aid can be as complicated as the college admission process. Even after qualifying for financial ...

Getting Oriented

Courtney Willett | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Courtney Willett

Orientation is an unfortunate rite of passage necessary for anyone wishing to enter a new school, whether you're an excited freshman or indifferent junior who just wants to register and get the hell out of there.

6 Steps Towards Financial Aid at Private Universities

Credible | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Credible

Paying for college is not easy. To help out high school graduates and their families, there are many different sources of financial aid to help pay for private universities. Here's what every incoming college student and their family needs to know about the financial aid process for private universities.

Tips to Help Fill Out the FAFSA Application

Credible | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Credible

Filling out the FAFSA form does not need to be overwhelming or confusing. Use these tips for filling out the FAFSA to make the process smooth and headache free.

Lower Income at Vassar: Vassar and Opportunity

Seth Molwitz | Posted 06.23.2015 | College
Seth Molwitz

Once I began college, though, I realized that being a lower income student imposes certain hardships that don't affect many wealthier students. Luxuries like frequent trips to the city, regularly patronizing relatively expensive local restaurants, and many other miscellaneous expenses add up quickly.

Sanders' and Warren's Financial Aid Bills Miss the Mark

Bob Hildreth | Posted 06.11.2015 | College
Bob Hildreth

Bernie Sanders wants to make public colleges tuition free. Plenty of people think that's wacko left. They ask where he plans to get the money to pay for it. But then along comes Senator Warren with a more expensive bill that would make public college debt-free for everyone. Both bills would mark a sharp turn away from debt as the main way to pay for college.

The Leveling of the College Playing Field

Courtney Willett | Posted 06.11.2015 | College
Courtney Willett

Until college is no longer treated like a business in America, it will continue to create an unlevel playing field. Those who are genuinely enthused about learning deserve a chance at higher education.

Congress Wants to Weaken the Pell Program. Here's Why They Shouldn't.

Tom Sullivan | Posted 06.11.2015 | College
Tom Sullivan

Colleges and universities are playing their part in making college accessible and affordable. But we can't do it alone. We need a strong partnership with the federal government, one where Pell awards are increased, not diminished in inflation-adjusted dollars.

Afford to Dream

Daniel Hamidi | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Daniel Hamidi

Many opponents to expanding education to DREAM-ers argue that tax-payers pay for aid programs, and only children from tax-paying families should have access to these programs. But this argument is extremely misguiding.

The Best Way to Pay Less for Your MBA

CommonBond | Posted 06.03.2015 | Education
CommonBond

The best way to pay less for business school is simply "getting the right loans." Let's be honest.

Deciding Exactly Where to Apply to College

Scott Weingold | Posted 05.28.2015 | College
Scott Weingold

It's usually the most important two decisions you'll make in the entire college process: Deciding exactly where to apply... and how to pick the right college. And -- while there's no shortage of information available to college-bound families -- so many people still get it wrong!

Debt-free Degrees, Workforce Development, and 100 Business Leaders at the White House

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Julian L. Alssid

Eighteen months away from the 2016 election, our national workforce and higher education policy arena already includes the campaign trail nearly as much as it does our nation's capital.

The May 1st Deadline Has Passed and More Financial Aid Is Now Available

Reecy Aresty | Posted 05.15.2015 | College
Reecy Aresty

Additionally, surely not every accepted student who received a financial aid package with $1,000's in need-based scholarships, grants, subsidized loans, and/or Federal Work-Study awards will be attending as well.

Private Scholarships -- A Billion-Dollar Rip-Off

Reecy Aresty | Posted 05.08.2015 | College
Reecy Aresty

Every year there are billions awarded in private scholarships, and who benefits? None other than these "poor" institutions of higher learning enriching their billion dollar endowment funds at the cost of their deserving students.

Not Just the College App Essay: 'Where Else Are You Applying?'

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

Many of us feel the college app process isn't complicated or stressful enough (NOT!), so the good people at the Common Application, which creates and oversees the application you love so much (NOT!), announced a new question for the upcoming season that has sparked a lot of debate.

Student Loan Defaults Are Terrible -- That They Even Still Happen Is Far Worse

Carlo Salerno | Posted 06.28.2015 | Education
Carlo Salerno

By our best estimates, there are approximately 7.3 million borrowers holding some $106 billion in defaulted student loan debt. While there's no official line, it's probably safe to say this qualifies as a "crisis."