Reasons to Apply for FAFSA Early

Completing financial forms can be a hassle, so some people put off filling them out for as long as possible, but that's a bad idea in some cases. When it comes to finishing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) document for yourself or your student, there are many persuasive reasons to get it done sooner rather than later.   FAFSA Deadlines You must file the FAFSA application if... Continue reading
Top College Savings Plans

Top College Savings Plans

Date: August 23, 2016 Tax-advantaged college plans get their tax benefits from Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code and are intended to encourage people to save for future college costs. All states and the District of Columbia offer 529 college-savings plans, and you don't have to pick the one in your state of residence.  All 529 college savings plans are not created equal, however. Some are... Continue reading

How to Create Student Budget and Stick to it

How to Create Student Budget and Stick to It College is the first step toward independence for many young people, but don't neglect financial independence in your rush to exercise your new social freedom. Most students won't have sufficient income during college to start putting away money for the future, but everyone needs to learn budget basics — how to make a money plan and stick to it.... Continue reading

College Cost Calculator

The high cost of a college education has made it more important than ever to plan ahead for future education expenses. But you must also consider more than just the cost of education itself — and account for things like room and board, supplies and spending money as well. Whether you're planning for your own education or the future education of your children, you don't want to be left scrambling... Continue reading

How to Finance College if You Don't Qualify for Federal Aid

Given the price point of attending college these days, not many can easily afford to write a check for their child's tuition, especially if there is more than one college-age student in the family. Luckily, if you have trouble affording college tuition but make too much to qualify for need-based financial aid, you still have options. These tips can get you started. Continue reading

Ways to Minimize Student Loan Debt

Student loans are a normal part of the college experience these days, but it's still a good idea to keep your post- graduation debt as small as possible. Having a good game plan and making a serious budget helps you to avoid leaving college with bloated debt. Continue reading

How to Build Credit While Attending College

While a college campus is a hotbed of learning, most students are in serious need of a class on credit 101.  Teens are not traditionally thought of as responsible spenders, and most students enter campus without even knowing the basics of building and maintaining good credit.  Often saddled with student loans and other debt, it's more important than ever to get schooled on good credit habits. Continue reading