[Financial Aid] Videos

Financial aid is a way of life for most college students. Tuition can be very expensive, and many families just don’t have the money to help their children pay for college. The fact that obtaining college loans is commonplace doesn’t make it any less intimidating. You may be wondering if it’s a good idea to take out loans for your education. My view on the matter is that it really depends, and the decision should be weighed on individual factors. There’s no right answer for everyone. (more…)

As I mentioned in my last post, we’re at the point in the semester where a lot of you may be feeling burnt out. Things may be so crazy right now that you’re even considering dropping a class. If you think you’re too far gone in a certain course to be able to pass, it may not be the end of the world to drop it. However, there are several things to consider before doing so. Most schools require an adviser’s signature to drop a course. There’s a reason for that. You need to be aware of the possible repercussions dropping a class may cause so that you can make an informed decision. So many things can be affected by dropping below a certain amount of credits. (more…)

I watched an interesting segment on The Today Show this morning about whether students should delay going to college due to the economy. The experts in the segment gave good advice on whether you should consider putting off college and what to do if you are thinking about it.

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I can’t help it. I’m going to nag you about seeing your adviser. Over and over again. After all, I was a college adviser. Remember? As an adviser, I’ve seen countless examples of how students could’ve saved themselves a lot of trouble if they had just sat down and talked to someone about their academic decisions. So let me give you a list of reasons of why I think it’s important to visit your adviser at least once each semester. I can’t promise I won’t nag you about it again, but at least you’ll know where I’m coming from. (more…)

Not long ago I wrote about financial aid and the importance of filing early. I just got some information this morning from Christopher Penn of The Student Loan Network that I think is important to pass along to you. Christopher was recently featured as an expert on CNBC’s On the Money, and he gives great advice in the segment regarding financial aid, change in financial circumstance, and scholarships.

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An article from USATODAY.com claims that “financial doors can open for college applicants that plan ahead.” In the article, experts agree that the key to getting into the college of your choice is planning.  Along with planning comes action. You’ll need to get your applications in before the crowd in order to ensure success.  (more…)

FAFSA is a term you should be familiar with if you’re currently a college student receiving financial aid. If you’re in the process of applying to colleges and will need financial aid, you definitely need to know about the FAFSA.  (more…)