Category Archives: Financial aid

When Federal Aid Isn’t Enough

You’ve filled out your FAFSA, you’re getting close to making your college decision and your financial aid award letter comes in the mail, typically around mid-April. You’re excited because this is one extra piece to help you make a decision.  … Continue reading

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Comparing college award letters

At this time of year, you seniors are probably anxiously awaiting award letters from the schools you applied to. While receiving an award letter is exciting, it’s important that you understand how to read and interpret your awards. Your award … Continue reading

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5 things you should know about financial aid

February is Financial Aid Awareness month, and in that spirit, I’m going to share the top five things I think every student should understand about financial aid. Are you ready? Let’s get started! Not all financial aid is need-based. This is the … Continue reading

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FAFSA help

If you are planning to attend college in the fall and you haven’t done so already, you will want to complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application by March 2, 2014. How can you meet … Continue reading

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Completing the FAFSA

If you’re planning to use financial aid for college next year, the FAFSA is the place to begin.  The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is your gateway to receive all kinds of federal and state financial aid. Complete … Continue reading

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5 steps toward college

Making the decision to attend college can be life changing.  Once you have made the choice, you then need to figure out how to pay for it which, let’s face it, can be overwhelming.  Many families are not sure how … Continue reading

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Understanding Financial Aid Award Letters: Comparing Costs

The average cost of college tuition and fees in 2012 ranged from $8,655 a year for in-state students attending a public, four-year college, to $29,056 a year for students attending a private, nonprofit four-year institution. Yet, a September 2012 survey… Continue reading

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When borrowing for school, compare your options

If you’re going to college or grad school in the fall, in the next couple months you’ll be making critical decisions about how you’ll finance the next school year. There are so many different options and loans available to you;… Continue reading

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Decoding your award letter with the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet

This year the college financial aid award letter process will be a bit different for families with the implementation of the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet. The shopping sheet is a form that was designed by the federal government in an… Continue reading

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It’s Financial Literacy Month

Here at the Student LoanDown, we like to think that every month is financial literacy month. But this April, it actually is National Financial Literacy Month!  Time to brush up on your financial fundamentals! One of the personal finance bloggers… Continue reading

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