6 Ways a Gap Year Can Save You Money

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Gap years have become increasingly popular among graduating high school students. A gap year is when students delay starting college for year to pursue other interests. Generally, the students have already been accepted to a college and ask to defer their admissions for a year but it’s not necessary. Nor do students have to pay… Continue reading

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What are College Grants?

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What does it mean? College grants are a type of financial aid you do not have to repay. In simple terms, it’s free money to spend on college. They fall under the category of “gift aid.” How does it affect how much you pay for college? Obviously, the more grants you have, the less money… Continue reading

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What Does It Mean To Be Wait Listed?

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For a certain group of high school seniors, April is the cruelest month. Not for any of T.S. Elliot’s reasons but because they have been wait listed at their dream college. Many will spend the month frantically tracking down any and all possibilities for getting off the waitlist. They will agonize over their unknown chances… Continue reading

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What To Know About Your Financial Aid Awards

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If it’s past the deadlines for submitting¬†college applications, your student is either waiting to hear about all their admissions and financial aid awards or you have them all and you’re deciding how to compare them.¬† At this point in the process, don’t overlook the following …. Make an “apples to apples” comparison of financial aid… Continue reading

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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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