14 Ways to Minimize Student Loans

By Brock Jolly / May 20, 2021

Putting the Student Loan Problem in Perspective In total, almost 45 million Americans owe about $1.7 trillion in student debt. About 70 percent of college grads have student debt when they graduate; the average debt among all graduates now pushes $37,000. These statistics look really scary, but the story is more complicated than “everyone’s crippled…

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What Is a Tuition Discount?

By Mario Carannante / May 5, 2021

What is a Tuition Discount? A tuition discount is an all-encompassing term that refers to any gift aid that the college offers to reduce your tuition cost. Most people use tuition discounts to describe automatic merit aid awarded by colleges. The money may actually appear on the award letter as a tuition discount, entrance award,…

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Is an Ivy League Education Worth the Cost?

By Tim McFillin / April 9, 2021

The Ivy League Dream: A Generational Holdover That Overlooks Disproportionate Cost I grew up in a family that valued higher education tremendously. My late grandfather was a Cornell graduate and worked for IBM as an engineer for 35 years. Although he was not a wealthy man, he was financially comfortable and able to put all…

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Four Things to Do Before Taking Out Student Loans

By Online Media Source / April 7, 2021

The Truth Hurts: The Unseen Burden of Student Debt It was a small family. The father was the breadwinner and worked a comfortable job from home in the oil and gas industry. It was hard not to get a bit envious after walking into such a wonderful home and hearing about his job and lifestyle;…

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The Ins and Outs of Your Financial Aid Award Letter

By Mario Carannante / March 23, 2021

Colleges are mailing financial aid award letters to millions of college-bound students, and these students need to make their enrollment decisions by the May 1st deadline. Many students will have multiple offers, and families will need to decide which award offer is best. Here are a few things to watch out for when reviewing your…

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Solving the Student Loan Problem: Understanding the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

By Bradley Wood / March 16, 2021

On March 11th, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a $1.9 trillion stimulus package into law called the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and with that came some exciting news for student loan borrowers. Section 9675 of the act effectively makes all student loan debt eligible for tax-free loan forgiveness through the end of 2025.…

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Preparing for a College Athletic Career: The Mental Game

By Cooper Hanning / February 23, 2021

This is the final part of the three-part series entitled “Scholarships and College Funding for the Student-Athlete.” If you haven’t read the first two posts in the series, find them here:  Part 1: College Athletic Scholarship Basics Part 2: How to Get Noticed and Increase Your Athletic Scholarship Potential To round out our series on…

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How to Qualify for More Financial Aid During COVID-19

By Rory Sullivan / February 12, 2021

This post was updated on February 12, 2021. It was originally published on May 19, 2020. Repercussions of the Pandemic: College Enrollment and Financial Aid In a Discover survey from the early stages of the pandemic, 48% of parents said they lost income, and 44% said they were not able to pay for college with…

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Saving for College Before Your Baby Is Born

By Jimmy Hicks / January 29, 2021

With the costs of higher education constantly rising, it is more important than ever that parents start saving as early as possible. So, when is the right time to start? Today! Ok, but how do we start? Contrary to what you may think there are lots of ways to start accumulating college savings on a…

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Solving the Student Loan Problem: Biden’s Executive Order & the Future Outlook of Student Loan Legislation

By Bradley Wood / January 26, 2021

This article follows up on Brad’s post from December that discusses what to do about federal student loan forbearance coming to an end. While the new president has extended student loan forbearance, many of the recommendations from the previous article are still relevant: Student Loan Stimulus Ending: What Federal Borrowers Need to Know. Federal Student…

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