College Savings

Category description: College savings plans, including 529 plans, Coverdell savings accounts, UTMA/UGMA accounts, and more.

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Scholarship Tips and Tricks

Scholarship Tips and Tricks: Advice from a Scholarship Winner Summertime is great. It's a time for freedom, a time to ease up on your academic course load, and a time for you to generate some money for college. Summer is an ideal time to apply for scholarships, to avoid having to take out educational loans for the school year.  "Scholarship" brings both a sense of optimisn and an overwhelmingly daunting feeling for students. Everyone wants a scholarship, but due to the time involvement and their competitive nature, they can be discouraging. With such a competitive environment, how can you ensure that… Read more here!

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Budgeting Your College Expenses

So you've spent the last eighteen hard working years of your life saving for your kid’s college fund. You have poured in enough money, in your mind, to pay for two Ivy League educations and then some. In reality, inflation, which you didn’t think could have actually happened in that short amount of time, has taken quite the toll on your child’s college fund. So you were ahead of the curve and invested some of that money to counteract inflation? Well I’m guessing that account hasn’t looked too pretty either since 2008 and your own invested assets aren’t looking too promising… Read more here!

Categories: College Planning | College Savings
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Financial Aid Workshops

Hi all!  Happy (almost) Valentine’s day.  So you’ve finally gotten the chance to really sit down and take in all of the financial aid details, the process, all of that.  But maybe you find that you are still a little bit stuck?  Lucky for you, we at Go Financial Aid loves to help people just like you find ways to better understand the financial aid process, as well as helping to get you the most aid possible.  Today, let’s take a few minutes and talk about one good way of obtaining the information and help that you need: financial aid… Read more here!

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Financial Assistance

And so it begins: college life.  Hopefully you took as much from your years in high school as you could—learning as much as possible, asking questions and taking the time to realize that high school prepares you for a more demanding academic load.  That next step, a college education, as one school puts it, “prepares you for the real world.”   Students learn field-specific skills and hone time management and study strategies, which will aid in a strong professional future.  However, with the flimsy nature of our economy, and less money coming into households, many become concerned about the affordability of… Read more here!

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Financial Aid for College

Hey everyone!  We're in the heat of summer here these days, and between the cookouts and parties, parents and new freshmen looking to the future have financial aid for college on the brain.  The hard truth is that while we keep our chins up and push forward, the economy is still down.  Many families have likely wondered how in the world they would pay for school.  In fact, Pittsburgh news stations recently featured stories about children affected by their parents' layoffs and job losses.  Struggling though they may be, many of these students have rebounded and found their way to… Read more here!

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Getting the Facts Straight About Financial Aid Help

As senior year approaches for high school students, and even more so as the year begins to wind down, financial aid solicitors begin gearing up to mail out countless brochures offering their services to assist students in navigating the financial aid process. While understanding all the requirements of the financial aid process is highly important in obtaining as much aid as possible, it is just as important to make sure that the help you are getting as a student or as a parent of a student is legitimate and not a scam. Remember that getting help is definitely a viable… Read more here!

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FAFSA and Financial Aid: Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

The FAFSA is obviously one of the most important documents you will fill out in the financial aid process. Federal aid is one of the most sought after kinds of financial assistance, and can provide you with substantial amounts of money to help pay for your education through various education loans. Filling out the actual FAFSA is also part of the process that everyone dreads the most. In fact, many people lose hundreds or even thousands of dollars in financial aid that they could have been eligible to receive simply because of unknown errors made while filling out the FAFSA.… Read more here!

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Learning How to Apply the FAFSA to Your Financial Aid Process

When choosing your financial aid sources from all the different options out there, the FAFSA is one of the key forms you definitely do not want to overlook. This form is required by most colleges and universities to be sent in before attendance, and it is meant to provide you with federal financial assistance towards your education. After making the decision of which school you are going to attend, you should begin the financial aid process immediately. Since you will know the general cost for the school itself, you can make a rough estimate of the financial assistance needed in… Read more here!

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Is the FAFSA Application Scaring You Away From College?

Recently, more FAFSA-related topics have been discussed in the national news regarding the correlation between the difficulty of the form, and the lowering amount of students attending college.  More and more students are finding themselves having to either pay for college without parental assistance or to just simply not attend school until they can afford it, if at all. Many universities are dealing with the common issue among students of not being able to obtain sufficient financial aid to attend college, and this predicament is often seen in students whose parents will not help them financially to go to a… Read more here!

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FAFSA: Helpful Tips

Filling out the FAFSA form is little short of time consuming and fairly frustrating.  However, there are a few things you can do to make filling out the form easier and much less stressful.  These FAFSA tips will help you with the process of getting all the paperwork finished on time and correctly in order to ensure that you get all the financial aid benefits you can. Some FAFSA tips... Lower your cash amounts that you have on hand before filling out the FAFSA.  This may sound strange and pretty ridiculous to do, but the more cash you hold with… Read more here!

Categories: College Planning | College Savings | Financial Aid Applications | FAFSA
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