Why You Should Care About Student Loan Default Rates by State

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How do you know if college is worth it? Given the ever increasing costs of getting a four-year degree and the horror stories of underemployed graduates, it only makes sense to wonder if the cost is justified. There are various attempts at calculating the Return on Investment (ROI) for colleges. At this point they’re more… Continue reading

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What You Need to Know About the FAFSA Before Your Senior Year in High School

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Too many families don’t start thinking about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) until the fall of their student’s senior year. After all, you can’t even submit the form until October 1st so why start worrying sooner? Because the FAFSA is just the final step in the financial aid process. And if you… Continue reading

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4 Reasons to Search for Colleges on CollegeResults.org

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There are plenty of college search websites you can use, but even if you have a favorite, you owe it to yourself to try CollegeResults.org. This website is run by The Education Trust and makes it as easy as possible to search and compare colleges on indicators of cost and results. It’s also one of… Continue reading

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Can You Afford Two Extra House Payments?

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Let’s talk about how much to expect to pay for college. It’s time to stop the wishful thinking about full-ride scholarships and encouraging your teen to pursue her ‘dream school.” It’s time to answer a very basic question, can you afford two extra house payments each month? Because that’s how much you’re going to be… Continue reading

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The Real Reasons Your Kid isn’t Getting Any Financial Aid

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We know that something needs to be done about the cost of college. We know that the current system is in need of serious reform. We also know that it took 30 years to get to this point and anyone starting college in the next few years has to deal with the system as it… Continue reading

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