Sallie Mae’s Thank Yous, Beyoncé’s New Class, And More “News”

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This blog’s loyal reader(s) have probably noticed some changes over the past month, as we’ve cut back on our recurring features.

Perhaps you simply thought these were in hibernation. And who could blame them for going there—I mean, especially with this Polar Vortex!? (Yup, this is the topical humor you missed.) Alas, this is the new normal, and we don’t plan to cancel it soon.…

Understanding The FAFSA When English Or “Financial Aid” Isn’t Your First Language

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I miss a lot of things about college. My friends. The campus. Those rare, fun classes.

One thing I will never miss? Filling out that darn Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) at the start of every year. I thought that, once I graduated, I would never have to deal with that long, intense, wordy application again.

I was wrong.…

Federal Financial Aid Eligibility Explained: Part II

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This is the sequel in our two-part series breaking down federal financial aid eligibility requirements.

Part I explained the first four eligibility requirements (financial need, citizenship, Social Security requirements and selective service), whereas Part II will explain the final five requirements, including enrollment status, satisfactory academic progress and the various statements you’ll be required to sign upon acceptance of these awards.…

Federal Financial Aid Eligibility Explained: Part I

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Are you a new or current college student looking to apply for federal financial aid but don’t quite understand the eligibility requirements? Have you decided not to apply for federal financial aid simply because you think you are ineligible to receive funds?

Before you miss out on valuable loan and grant opportunities, let us help you better understand your federal financial aid eligibility! Here we’ve provided an explanation for each and every eligibility requirement for federal financial aid. Let’s dig in.…

Federal Financial Aid For Incarcerated Or Convicted Students

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Being convicted of a crime or being currently incarcerated doesn’t necessarily mean that you cannot receive federal financial aid in the form of grants and/or loans. Federal financial aid for incarcerated students is available, but there are many restrictions.

The federal government’s student aid website says it best: “Make sure you understand your status, and don’t assume you can’t get aid.” So, let’s figure out what your status is and what kind of financial aid you can receive as a result.…

The Ultimate Federal Financial Aid Eligibility Guide

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There is never a shortage of students who assume that they are not eligible for federal financial aid and don’t apply. It’s a real bummer because you’re potentially leaving thousands of dollars of free money on the table based on a false premise. To clear this up once and for all, here are the basic eligibility requirements for federal financial aid.…

Play A Game Of “Would You Rather” For A Chance To Win $3,000

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We’ve all done some strange things to make money. My weirdest job? Working at an events company where I dressed in an elf costume and shuffled snot-nosed kids through the line to meet Santa every holiday season. At an Easter event one spring, I saw the inside of the Easter Bunny costume head … and was never the same.

Every time I got a paycheck from that job, it seemed like it was gone in the blink of an eye. I had no idea how to make the right financial choices. I definitely would have preferred managing my money to laboring in Santa’s village. Now, DoSomething.org wants to know what you’d rather do to save some cash—and you could win a $3,000 scholarship by telling your friends.…

Easy Steps To Getting The FAFSA Done

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When the word “FAFSA” comes up among parents, there is normally a fair amount of eye rolling and sighing. “What a pain.” “It’s so confusing.” “Why bother—we probably won’t qualify.”

I agree that it can be a painful process; however, it’s an important one. If you and your family need help paying for college, you should maximize your financial aid chances, which the FAFSA lets you do.

So, clear your calendar and complete the FAFSA this week. I have some tips to help you get it done.…

5 Things You Won’t Believe Students Did To Battle Student Debt

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Last week, I read about this guy at the University of Michigan who’s trying to sell 1-inch-by-1-inch ads on his graduation cap. His goal is to sell 100 of them, at $300 a pop. If he succeeds, he’ll wipe out his $30,000 of student loan debt.

This is not only awesome, but I also wish I had thought of it first. It turns out, there are lots of crazy things college students have tried to do to pay back their student loans. Check out these four other examples.…

It’s Not Time-Wasting; It’s Résumé Building!

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As you may remember from my previous post, I’m currently job searching. As of now, I’m playing the waiting game, seeing if anyone gets back to me. Of course, I’m still looking for other jobs while I wait, but to be honest, it can be really daunting and boring.

So, I’m finding more enjoyable ways to pass the time (sorry, Mom and Dad!). However, I’m not just sitting around—I’m gaining knowledge and skills that will help me in my search. These could come in handy for you, too.…