Posts with the category ‘Student Loans’


How Parent & Child Assets Impact Financial Aid Packages

By Lynn O’Shaughnessy Parents with big investments and home equity generally find it harder to get financial aid for their college-bound children. But if you understand how assets are assessed on the FAFSA and CSS Financial Aid PROFILE, you can improve your chances for getting the best financial aid package possible. Do you know how your investments might reduce your chances for financial aid? And what about the role that your family’s home equity plays in determining whether your child will… Read More


FAFSA changes: What you need to know to get the most financial aid

By Katie Lobosco If you plan to go to college next year, you need to know about two changes to the nationwide financial aid form. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form that every U.S. college student needs to fill out in order to be eligible for any need-based financial aid. That includes federal grants and loans, scholarships from the state and school, as well as college work-study jobs. Read more here to find out what’s new…. Read More


10 Tips for Maximizing Financial Aid

By Elaine Floyd, CFP® College tuition is so expensive that even high-income families can get offers of financial aid. Your first step is to complete the federal forms, and then contact the school directly to further negotiate a financial aid package. Every year the College Board faces a public relations challenge: how to accurately report trends in college pricing without discouraging high school students from going on to college. So in addition to its annual booklet “Trends in College Pricing,” the… Read More


Paying Off Student Loans

Prepared by : Financial Planning Association® Actively managing your debt is an important step, and your student debt may be one of the biggest financial obligations you have. There are many strategies that could help you manage student loans efficiently. Here is a checklist. Choose a federal loan repayment plan that fits your circumstances: The Standard Repayment Plan requires a fixed payment of at least $50 per month and is offered for terms up to 10 years. Borrowers are likely… Read More


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