One Way To Make Parent PLUS Loan Payments More Manageable

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Helping people understand student loans is our job at SALT™, and few are better at it than Betsy Mayotte—the director of regulatory compliance for American Student Assistance® (our parent company). We told borrowers to “Just Ask” her questions, so check out her answers below (as well as her cat—because if Piglet can’t make student loans better, what can?).

Why Your LinkedIn May Be More Important Than Your Résumé

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I’ll never forget the conversation I had with a senior marketing professional at Hubspot’s INBOUND Conference about a year ago.

We sat next to each other in one of the sessions and gradually ended up talking about the weather, Boston, recruiting, and entry-level jobs, probably in that order. At that point, I was just beginning my job search and expressed my frustrations formatting a résumé specifically for each position I applied to.

His words: “Don’t bother. When I hire, I only use résumés to search for the person’s name on LinkedIn. Then, I throw the paper résumé out and just read their profile.”

Scary Cheap DIY Decor And Freaky Food For Halloween

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Halloween is arguably the best holiday on the calendar. It’s fun at every age to dress up, transform your apartment into a haunted house, and use it as an excuse to eat loads of junk food. It’s no wonder most people stretch it out and celebrate for an entire week (or even the whole month of October!)

Fortunately, it’s also easy to impress your Halloween party guests without breaking the bank. On a low budget, you can produce a spectacular array of DIY decor and freaky foods. Here are a few tips.

What To Do While Waiting For Your Dream Job

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I’m happy to report that, late this summer, I finally landed a job! It took me about 8 months, but I’m currently working as an associate editor for a local newspaper and getting the experience that I wanted.

However, I know not everyone is as fortunate. Don’t get discouraged. You still can find your dream job. Unfortunately, you can’t know when it will arrive—and with student loans and other expenses around, you can’t keep waiting.

3 Questions To Answer Before Applying To Grad School

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Going to grad school was one of my better life decisions. As an undergrad, I went from a fashion design major … to a business major … to a degree in international affairs (I wasn’t exactly the most focused student). For me, capping off a liberal arts education with an MBA was a good investment—and it definitely helped me land a great job.

However, grad school isn’t for everyone. Before you apply to any schools, consider the following three questions. With many schools’ application deadlines looming in December or January, now is the perfect time to answer them.

3 Final Pieces Of Advice For SALT Blog Readers

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A couple posts ago, I talked about the importance of having a side hustle. Mine, my website (Money After Graduation), has given me opportunities I never imagined when I started blogging—including a new one with a financial start-up.

I’m excited about this new opportunity, but it comes with more changes to my life. Sadly, this will be my last post for the SALT™ Blog.

3 Ways To Make College Food Delicious And Affordable

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I have a love/hate relationship with my college’s dining hall.

As someone who hates cooking for herself, I like the ease of walking to the cafeteria and grabbing a meal. But I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of dining hall food, and believe it or not, sometimes I get sick of eating pasta every day.

Whether you have a meal plan or not, eating well on a college budget can be a challenge. Here are three ways to spice up your diet without emptying your wallet.