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Funding for Non-Tradition Students

Going back to school shopping for yourself may not have been what you thought you’d be doing 20 years ago. But, with the ever changing job market there has been a drastic increase in adults returning to school to complete a wide variety of degrees. Some things have changed since the last time you attended class - one of the most notable changes being the ever-rising cost of tuition. However, one thing has remained constant, that financial aid is available to help make college affordable. In fact, there are more financial aid options available to you than your younger counterparts.… Read more here!

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Missing the FAFSA Deadline

Missing the FAFSA Deadline  So you missed the FAFSA deadline. What now? First, deep breath. Second, keep reading. Affording college seems out of reach, but have no fear because there are more opportunities for you to get money for college. In order to make sure that you do not miss out on federal aid next year, make sure that you partner with Go Financial Aid and fill out the FAFSA on time and correctly. Scholarships There are a multitude of scholarships available for students to help afford college. There are scholarships based on your unique interests, field of study, minority… Read more here!

Categories: Financial Aid | Financial Aid Applications | FAFSA
Tags: fafsa fafsa deadline financial aid scholarships student loans

Federal Grant Reserved for Education Students

Federal student aid is generally allocated to those with a financial need or in a special circumstance, but students going to school for teaching can be an exception to that rule. This grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, rewards recipients with $4,000 a year for four years, saving you from $16,000 of school loans.  You may be thinking, “Free money, that is not based on financial need…is there a catch?” Yes—Post graduation, you must serve a four-year term as a full-time teacher in a primary, middle, or secondary school in a high-need field and in a low-income community.… Read more here!

Categories: Financial Aid | Grants | Student Loans
Tags: fafsa financial aid grants student loans

When and How to Build Your Credit

You may be thinking: “I’m not 18, so I can’t even start building my credit” or “I’ll just worry about my credit when I’m ready to take out a loan for a car or a house.” There are many misconceptions with how credit scores work, and I advise everyone to get their credit started and straightened out while they are still young.  What is a credit score and who checks it? A credit score is a numerical value given to an individual, which represents their likelihood of paying back debts. Lenders do credit checks to decide whether or not to… Read more here!

Categories: College Planning
Tags: credit planning ahead saving money student loans

How to Estimate Your Financial Aid Package at Any Given School

Cost is a factor for most people in deciding where to go to school, but with your financial aid package, you could end up paying far below sticker price. The equation used to calculate financial need is: COA-EFC=Financial Need. COA (cost of attendance) is the summation of all expected yearly expenses of attending of attending a particular college or university. COA includes tuition, room, board, books/supplies, transportation and other personal expenses. EFC (expected family contribution) is the amount your family is expected to contribute toward your education based off of your family’s financial strength, and it is calculated by filling… Read more here!

Categories: College Planning | Financial Aid
Tags: fafsa financial aid scholarships student loans

FAFSA Makes Changes in Defining One’s “Parents”

On Monday, April 29th the Department of Education announced adjustments to the 2014-2015 FAFSA, influencing the future financial aid eligibility for children of gay parents. To qualify for all major forms of financial aid, it is necessary that students submit the FAFSA (free application for federal student aid.) The FAFSA is intended to assess a family’s financial strength, and translate that into a monetary value that the family is capable of supplementing toward their child’s education. That value is also known as their EFC or expected family contribution, and is directly related to the amount of financial aid they will… Read more here!

Categories: Financial Aid | Financial Aid Applications | FAFSA
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Private Colleges Are Willing To Give More

Going to college is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many American families. According to a report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, college tuition and fees have stunningly increased nearly 570 percent over the past 30 years. An American family, on average, is expected to pay $9,000 a year for an in-state public college and more than $30,000 for a private college. Obviously, this is a huge difference for a lot of families, who are responding to the price jump by giving up the option of going to private colleges. There has been a substantial decrease in… Read more here!

Categories: Financial Aid | Grants | Scholarships | Financial Aid Applications | FAFSA
Tags: fafsa financial aid scholarships

Dealing with the Financial Aid Award Letter

For many of us, getting our hands on the financial aid letter from our choice school is a stepping stone, something to celebrate.  After all, the funds listed on that piece of paper are what make college more affordable and therefore more possible.  As a follow-up to our previous discussion on college acceptance and financial aid, let’s talk about a few more financial aid considerations that come into play upon moving on towards college life.  Specifically, let’s talk more about that financial aid award letter and how to better understand and deal with it. Locate the free aid.  On every… Read more here!

Categories: Financial Aid | Grants | Scholarships | Student Loans
Tags: fafsa financial aid financial aid award financial aid award letter scholarships

College Acceptance and Financial Aid

College acceptance letters are slowly starting to trickle in.  Some of you may have already gotten a few.  As March draws to a close, more and more of these acceptances will be coming in, causing a whirlwind of anxiety for many students.  It's also a very exciting time.  But college acceptance isn't all about the "Congratulations!" letters.  Families also must be concerned with financing education.  So, as those acceptance roll in, rememeber a few things: Compare costs.  Sticker price of individual schools is just that--a sticker price.  Many higher cost schools make up for the high tuition rate by offering… Read more here!

Categories: College Planning | Financial Aid | Grants | Scholarships | Student Loans
Tags: acceptance letter college acceptance financial aid scholarships

Disasters and Financial Aid

Each year, numerous regions are affected by Mother Nature's unpredictable ways.  Tornadoes, massive storms and hurricanes all rain down on us (no pun intended).  Such a situation is difficult to deal with, much less bounce back from, but somehow people manage to do it.  Last year, Hurricane Sandy rocked the East Coast, causing devastation for many.  The same way people have done before them, New Jersey residents and New Yorkers picked up the pieces and are beginning to recover.  Reading this, you could be thinking, "Well yeah, that's horrible and it's all true, but what does it have to do… Read more here!

Categories: Financial Aid | Financial Aid Applications | CSS Profile | FAFSA
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