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How to create an FSA ID

Posted on November 3rd, 2017

It’s that time of the year: time for college-bound students and their parents should fill out the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA).

Students and parents should complete the FAFSA ASAP for priority financial aid consideration.

Even if you’ve filled out the FAFSA before, there are some big FAFSA changes you need to know about if you haven’t submitted one in the past couple of years.

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College net prices rise for 6th straight year

Posted on October 27th, 2017

We’ve written in the past how net price — the price you actually pay for college after financial aid, grants and scholarships — is more important than a college’s published price.

Many colleges have high sticker prices, but end up being affordable because they have generous financial aid policies.

Unfortunately, because the rise in financial aid hasn’t kept up with rising costs, the net price of college has risen for the sixth straight year, Money reports.

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Perkins Federal Student Loan Program Ends

Posted on October 13th, 2017

As of October 1, students can no longer take out federal Perkins Loans to help them pay for college.

The government’s oldest federal student aid program, established in 1957, ended Sept. 30, after Congress failed to extend the program. As a result, up to 500,000 eligible students at 1,500 colleges will no longer be able to take advantage of this financial aid program.

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FAFSA now available for 2018-19 school year

Posted on October 3rd, 2017

As of October 1, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available for families and students applying for financial aid for the 2018-19 academic year.

Current high school seniors as well as college freshmen, sophomores and juniors will need to fill out the FAFSA to receive federal financial aid for next year.

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Student loan balances have increased nearly 150% in last decade

Posted on September 5th, 2017

"In most cases, higher education is worth the investment because student loans pay off in the form of higher income over time. However, it's especially important for young people to understand the terms of their loans." -- Rod Griffin, director of public education at Experian

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How much public college tuition costs have risen by state

Posted on August 28th, 2017

With college as expensive as it is now, public colleges have been touted as a good alternative for students looking to limit college costs.

But, like private colleges, tuition at public colleges across the country has risen rapidly over the past ten years.

Between 2008 and 2017, the average cost of attending a four-year public college went up in every state, even adjusting for inflation, according to a recent report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, as reported by MarketWatch.

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Tips For Off-Campus Students Commuting To College

Posted on August 18th, 2017

Living off-campus and commuting to college can be a great way to save on college costs.

But it’s not always the most ideal for making new friends. One of the downsides of commuting is missing out on the college dorm experience, which facilitates many friendships.

Commuting also comes with some expenses and inconveniences, such as dealing with traffic, extra time spent in the car and transportation costs.

Luckily, there are still plenty of ways to make friends even if you’re not living on campus and reduce the hassle and expense of commuting to college. We’ve put together a list of tips on making commuting to college easier.

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College tuition hikes are (finally) slowing down

Posted on July 28th, 2017

It seems there’s a light at the end of the college cost tunnel.

While college costs are higher than they’ve ever been (and continuing to rise), the yearly increases are, finally, slowing down, according to new data from the Labor Department.

The department found that over the past 12 months, tuition rose by just 1.9 percent–the lowest rate since before 2007, StudentLoanHero notes.

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2017-18 Excelsior Scholarship Program Deadline Approaching

Posted on July 10th, 2017

If you want to have a chance at receiving free tuition at a SUNY or CUNY college this fall through New York’s free college program, you’d better get moving.

The deadline to apply for the Excelsior Scholarship is July 21, 2017, so you must apply by then in order to be eligible.

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Most private colleges opt out of New York’s free tuition program

Posted on June 27th, 2017

There’s been plenty of talk (and controversy) over the Excelsior Scholarship program, which will provide students in New York from families under specific income levels with free tuition at state public colleges.

One new aspect of the new free college initiative that’s been overlooked by many is the Enhanced Tuition Awards Program, which provides up to $6,000 for students who choose to attend private colleges instead of one of the state’s SUNY or CUNY colleges.

But it hasn’t been all smooth-sailing for this program, either. In fact, a majority of the state’s private colleges are choosing not to participate, The Journal News reports.

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