How Marriage Law Ruling Affects Financial Aid Options [EXCERPT]

Posted on August 19, 2014 by:

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Due to the Supreme Court’s ruling, federal programs now recognize legally married same-sex couples.

A little more than a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court found the Defense of Marriage Act (which defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman) to be unconstitutional. What does this have to do with paying for college?

A lot, actually.

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Based on the Supreme Court’s ruling, eligibility requirements changed for borrowing federal student aid and some student loan repayment options.

Over on the U.S. News Student Loan Ranger blog, our own Betsy Mayotte detailed five things that all borrowers and their families should know about DOMA and these changes. Check out an excerpt from her post below, and click through to read the entire piece.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that part of the federal law against gay marriage, the Defense of Marriage Act, was unconstitutional. This section had prohibited all federal agencies, including the Department of Education, from recognizing same-sex marriages for the purpose of federal programs, including financial aid programs.

This ruling resulted in significant changes to eligibility for both federal student aid and certain student loan repayment options. Here are five things all families, regardless of current marriage status, need to know about changes to the financial aid process in the wake of the ruling.

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What’s The Worst-Case Scenario For A Defaulted Student Loan?

Posted on August 14, 2014 by:

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But first, let Piglet take a selfie.

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?).

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The Consequences Of Default

My mom is a flight attendant making under $30,000 a year. Her husband is retired. She took out a Parent PLUS loan years ago for around $40,000. That has now ballooned to $100,000 due to forbearance after forbearance and default. There are many reason she let it go this long, but at this point, it really doesn’t matter. I need to know what her worst-case scenario is —not the generic stuff, but some hard numbers.

She collects Social Security every month, and from what I read, they will take 15% maximum? Is that correct? How much of her salary can they garnish on top of that percentage? How will this play out?

I’m so glad you reached out. First of all, I think you should work with your mom to get this loan out of default through either rehabilitation or consolidation. You can read about these options here.

The reason I suggest this is that getting the loan out of default will not only get rid of the risk of Social Security, wage, and tax refund garnishment, but it will also allow her to be eligible for income-contingent repayment. This plan can keep her payments manageable and allow the remainder to be forgiven if there is still a balance after 25 years (10 if she works for a nonprofit or the state or federal government). Parent PLUS loans aren’t technically eligible for income-contingent repayment, but if they are consolidated into the Direct Loan program, they gain that eligibility. Unfortunately, they are never eligible for income-based repayment.

If you think that’s not a good solution for her, that’s OK too. To answer your question, yes—they’d garnish up to 15% of her Social Security (unless it was SSI; that cannot be garnished) that is over $9,000 per year and 15% of her wages, as well as taking her state and federal refund. There’s also a chance they sue her, and this tends to happen more with six-figure balance loans. This is why I think she’s better off getting the loan out of default and pursuing income-contingent repayment.

Take a look at those options then email me again and we’ll work out the best strategy for her.

Refinancing Student Loans

I currently have my loan consolidated with an interest rate of 6.5%. I have a fairly good credit score (between 700 and 750). Is it possible to or wise to transfer my loan to someone else to get a lower interest rate?

Is this a federal student loan? Interest rates for these loans are set in federal law by Congress and cannot be refinanced within the federal program. They also are based on a weighted average of your underlying loans rounded up to the nearest 1/8%, not on your credit score (but congratulations for having a good score, by the way!).

Some companies outside the federal program are willing to consolidate federal loans, and they may offer you a lower rate—but I would not recommend taking that action. Federal student loans offer lower payment options and protections that private loans do not. These include postponements, income-focused repayment plans, loan forgiveness, and discharge options. You will want to preserve these options in case life throws you any curveballs along the way.

You can save additional money in interest by paying extra when you can. There is a never a pre-payment penalty on student loans, and the faster you pay your debt off, the less you pay in interest.

Please let me know if you have additional questions

Have a student loan question you need an answer to? Just Ask.

(Note: The questions and answers above are real; however, they have been edited for grammar and clarity, but not by Piglet.)

Upcoming College Scholarship Deadlines: September 2014

Posted on August 7, 2014 by:

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Think a particular city could benefit your career? Writing an essay about it could win you a scholarship.

To make your scholarship search a little easier, we’ve put together a list of scholarships with deadlines in September 2014.

Be sure to read through the eligibility requirements carefully and visit the scholarship provider’s website directly before applying.

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Joseph A. Levendusky Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Deadline: September 5, 2014

The International Water Conference will award a $7,000 scholarship to an undergraduate mechanical or chemical engineering student who has a passion for water technology.

To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must demonstrate interest and commitment to seek a career in the field of water technology (environmental wastewater, water pollution control, and water resource management not included)
  • Must be accepted for enrollment in or be enrolled in good standing as a student in an accredited institution in the United States
  • Must be of sophomore or higher class status
  • Must not be planning on studying outside of the country or planning to use monies to do so

Hit The Books Scholarship

Scholarship Deadline: September 30, 2014

This is a quick and easy $500 scholarship to be used toward the cost of your college textbooks and materials.

To apply, students must complete a 500-word essay on the importance of education and how the scholarship money will help them achieve their goals. Bonus points are awarded to the student who finds a creative way to include their passion for coffee in their essay.

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply for this award:

  • Must be at least 18-25 years of age
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university

The Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship

Scholarship Deadline: September 30, 2014

The Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship is open to students from any major (not marketing specific). In fact, this scholarship is judged primarily on responses to the following essay topics:

Essay #1: Choose a city located anywhere in the world that you believe would, from a future employment prospective, benefit your career. Explain in under 500 words how spending time in this city would help you become more marketable to a potential employer(s). Clearly identify how it will benefit you.

Essay #2: Explain in under 500 words, why you think you should be granted the Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship.

(Note to my readers: For essay #2, you can use the “personal statement” template essay and simply modify it slightly to address the prompt more specifically.)

To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States or Canada
  • Must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Must have at least one full year of post-secondary studies remaining at the time of the award
  • Must be between the ages of 16 and 25 on September 30, 2014

The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

Deadline: September 30, 2014  

This scholarship provides $1,000 – $10,000 in scholarship awards to minority students enrolled in one of the technical sciences or engineering disciplines.

To apply for the Xerox Technical Minority scholarship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be a full-time student enrolled in a 4-year institution
  • Must have a B average or better
  • Must be pursuing a BS, MS, or Ph.D. in a technical science or engineering discipline
  • Must be black, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Alaskan, or Hispanic
  • Must demonstrate financial need

For more information on college scholarship deadlines in 2014, including our scholarship of the month feature, check out our post on Upcoming 2014 College Scholarship Deadlines.

Happy hunting!

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Stop Sending Your Student Loan Payments To The Direct Loan Servicing Center

Posted on August 1, 2014 by:

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Make sure you mail your payments to your loan servicer, not the Direct Loan Servicing Center.

It can be hard to keep up with what’s happening in the student loan industry, but policy changes can sometimes mean the difference between paying off your loans on time and facing a delinquent status.

Fortunately, the SALT™ Blog is here to keep you up to date in the world of student loans, including a big change affecting Direct Loan borrowers.

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The Department of Education (ED) has been transitioning away from its Direct Loan Servicing Center for nearly a year now.  On June 30, after many communications to affected borrowers, they shut down the mailbox that had previously accepted payments for those borrowers serviced by that particular center. Despite these communications, we hear that many people continue to send their student loan payments to this particular mailbox. This may not seem like a big deal, but sending your payment to the wrong address could mean that your loan is not paid on time—and that has serious consequences. If you have been sending your payments to P.O. Box 530260, it’s time to stop.

Any payments sent to that mailbox will be returned, but if you sent it too close to your due date, you may not get it back in time to send to the right servicer’s address. As a result, your account could become delinquent—even though you had the funds to make your payment and tried sending it on time. Not good, since delinquency can result in late fees and affect your credit rating.

Fortunately, there’s a pretty easy fix. If you’re making your own payments, just start sending them directly to your servicer’s payment address. If you use a bank or bill paying service to pay off your loans, let them know your servicer’s name and payment address.

But what if you don’t know exactly where to send your payment? Check the mail you’ve received from your loan servicer, and you’ll find their address. You can also look up your loan servicer’s address in the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®). You can find other contact information for loan servicers here.

Have a question about where to send your student loan payments? Let us know in the comments.

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August Scholarship Of The Month: The Clubs Of America Scholarship For Career Success

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A great essay about your plans for the future could get you this month’s scholarship.

Let’s face it: It’s August, you may be getting tired of your summer roommates, and you’re likely looking for something to do before heading to school. Let me help you take advantage of that spare time by presenting you with the Clubs of America scholarship.

I mean, what better way to get into the new school year spirit than by applying for a scholarship?

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As you know, I’m a huge fan of scholarships that are simple, open to a lot of students, and have a reasonable award. This scholarship has it all.

Also, after speaking with a representative from the company (see below), I get the feeling that the judges genuinely care about the stories and aspirations of their scholarship applicants. Why is this important? I like knowing that if I put effort into my scholarship application, someone will actually take notice.

My advice? Work hard on your essay/video submission for this one. The organization seems truly interested in students that can share their story, be creative and fun, and have big goals for their future. If you can capture all of that in your essay, then you stand a good chance of winning.

Good luck!

Website: Clubs of America Scholarship for Career Success

Award Amount: Up to $1,500

Number Of Awards: 1

Deadline: August 31

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a current student
  • Must be attending an accredited U.S. college or university (2 or 4 year)
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0

Q&A With The Clubs Of America Scholarship For Career Success

Q: Tell us about your motivations to start this scholarship program.  

A: Clubs of America is a gift company, and we launched our scholarship program to give back. We want to help and inspire students in expanding their education and ease the burden of rising tuition costs.

Q: What are you looking for from an ideal candidate? 

A: A motivated candidate that has passion about what they are pursuing. Any current student of an accredited U.S. college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is welcome to apply.

Q: What is the biggest mistake you see applicants make when applying for your scholarship? 

A: An essay that too generic. Some essays come in too much of a canned presentation like, “I would like the scholarship because I want to be a _____.” We are seeking a specific passion on “why” they are following this career path. Is it because one of their parents was in this same career? Is it something they wanted to do since they were little? Why are they truly interested in this path?

We are seeking uniqueness, passion, and a student that thinks outside the box.

Q: What are some characteristics that make an applicant stand out? 

A: Creativity and aspirations to reach their career goals in reaching for something they see themselves enjoying in their career.

Q: Do you have any general advice for the students who are applying for this award?  

A: Think outside the box, and reach for the stars in your education and career goals!

Find even more scholarship opportunities in our post on Upcoming 2014 College Scholarship Deadlines.

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How To Choose The Right Private Student Loan For You

Posted on July 28, 2014 by:

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John Wayne can’t help you through the Wild West of private loans, but SALT™ can!

With many fall semester bills due on August 1, you may currently be looking for ways to cover your remaining tuition balance. And you may be considering private student loans for the job.

Unfortunately, when it comes to borrowing private student loans, things are as unruly as the Wild West—except there’s no John Wayne to make the tough decisions for you. So, before you sign the dotted line, here are some tips to help you choose the right option for you, pilgrim.

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1. Be Sure A Private Loan Really Is Your Best Option

Before navigating the waters of the private student loan market, make sure that you exhaust all the other options you may be eligible for: grants, scholarships, federal student loans, etc.

(Did you look under the couch cushions yet? I’ll wait.)

2. Know Your Interest Rates

Your loan’s interest rate will predominantly determine its overall cost, but don’t just jump at the lowest advertised one.

Many lenders claim “rates as low as X%.” The only way you get a rate that low, though, is if you or your cosigner has nearly perfect credit. You will need to apply to find out what your actual rate is.

Don’t be afraid to shop around for the best rate that you qualify for—just try to do so in a small window of time (2 weeks or less). That way, all the hard inquiries into your credit won’t affect your credit score as much.

Pay attention to whether the rates are fixed or variable, too. Even if it has a cap, a variable rate that starts low can increase significantly over time, costing you a lot of money. Don’t get caught off guard.

3. Read The Fine Print For Costs And Benefits

There are other loan costs than just interests. Many lenders also charge an origination fee, which deducts a percentage of your total loan before it ever gets disbursed to your school. Try to stay away from loans with these or other fees. If you can’t avoid them, go for options that have the lowest fees you can find.

Also, see if the lender offers postponements (deferments or forbearances) if you are having trouble making payments. And find out if they’ll discharge your loan if you become disabled. Most private student loans may not offer options like these, but if they do, that could make them worth your while.

Finally, if someone is cosigning your loan, see what options they have. For instance, a cosigner release is a great selling point if he or she is on the fence about cosigning with you. This release is sometimes offered after 48 months of on-time payments.

4. Do Your Research

Borrowing a private loan is like entering into any new business arrangement—you should be aware of whom you’re working with. You don’t want to wake up to find that your loans aren’t being handled how you had expected.

Visit the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) websites to learn about the lenders themselves. The BBB has business reviews and records of complaints against companies. The CFPB compiles reports on private student loan lenders’ practices and gives helpful information about the types of complaints received about each.

You should steer toward lenders that have good customer service, fewer complaints, and will be around for the long haul. Consider a student-friendly lender who specializes in student loans before Joe Shmoe Bank that just opened in the old Blockbuster building down the street.

5. Seek Guidance

Don’t be afraid to talk to your financial aid office about your options—they’ll likely know choices you may not be aware of. For instance, many states have agencies that offer private student loans. You may also be eligible for state-sponsored alternative loans, which are usually offered to students who are residents of that state or attend school in that state. Either way, you won’t know unless you ask.

Do you have a private loan? What do you wish you had learned before you borrowed?

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Can You Discharge Federal Or Private Student Loans Through Bankruptcy?

Posted on July 22, 2014 by:

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Piglet gets away from the vacuum by hiding behind the computer. You may not have as easy an escape route from your loans.

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?).

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Discharging Loans In Bankruptcy

I have Sallie Mae as my loan company, and [my loan] is through the U.S. Department of Education. Is this considered a private loan or federal? If I filed for bankruptcy, would it be possible to discharge this loan? I am unemployed, and I have no money to pay my debt.

Regardless of whether you have a federal or private loan, I’m afraid it is likely not eligible for discharge through bankruptcy—as education debt can only be discharged in cases of long-term and extreme financial hardship. Therefore, you’ll want to examine all your debt carefully and talk to a professional before deciding that bankruptcy is right for you.

The good news is that it sounds like you have a federal loan, which means you have many other repayment options available without declaring bankruptcy. First, ensure you are currently utilizing an unemployment deferment to prevent your loan from going past due while you seek full-time employment. Once you find full-time work, if the payment amount is not affordable, look into one of the many lower payment options available for federal student loans. Income-based repayment is an option that will actually adjust as your income does to ensure the payments stay affordable.

Please let me know if you have additional questions.

Paying Off A Tuition Balance

I was just informed that my school will not let me attend classes this fall unless I pay a balance of $4,000 that I owe from last year. How do I get a student loan to pay for this?

I’m afraid that schools can only approve federal student loans before the end of the period of time they will cover, so those won’t be an option for you. Some private student loans will allow limited funds for past due balances not more than 6 months or a year old for students still enrolled at the school. Your school should be aware of lenders that work with them for this purpose.

Another option might be to request a payment plan and pay the balance off over the school year. It may mean getting a part-time job, but if you are able to swing this and the school allows it, you’ll likely be able to pay the amount you owe with little or no additional interest.

Have a student loan question you need an answer to? Just Ask.

(Note: The questions and answers above are real; however, they have been edited for grammar and clarity, but not by Piglet.)

Money-Saving Ideas For Furthering Your Education Post-Undergrad

Posted on July 21, 2014 by:

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Going to graduate school is a sweet move—if you have a way to pay for it.

I have been job searching since graduating. Now, I’m feeling the pressure to find work from my parents, but more so from my wallet—thanks to student loan payments kicking in.

I’ve begun weighing options that can help me land work, including going back to school. But, with a tight budget, furthering my education seems hard. So, I rounded up some less common ways to keep learning post-undergraduate without completely breaking the bank.

If you’re in the same boat, check out this quick information to see if these options may work for you.

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1. See If Your Work Will Pay For It

If you have found a job, check out if they offer any compensation for post-graduate courses. Your work might pay for your higher education for a number of reasons, like the skills you’d gain would be in their best interest or they simply offer this benefit to their employees.

Employers can pay for your schooling in a few different ways, including paying up to a certain dollar amount, paying an amount based on your GPA, or just paying in full in general. Ask your employer if they offer this, and find out how their compensation works. Be ready to negotiate if they have any flexibility.

2. Get A Certificate Or License Instead

Furthering your education doesn’t always have to be about getting a degree. Degrees can cost tens of thousands of dollars. However, you may be able to achieve your educational goals without one. Not all jobs require a degree—you’d be surprised what professions require only a certification or license.

As I’ve previously said, I am interested in working for a book publishing company. The jobs I want don’t require additional education; however, getting a certification would put me above other applicants.

Someone who previously worked in the publishing industry told me a certificate was just as good as a master’s in the field—at a fraction of the cost. I might be able to get a certification for around $3,000, while going for my master’s could cost over $20,000.

3. Join The Military

Although each branch has its own way of paying for your schooling, many times the military will help you pay for continuing your education. Another bonus from joining the military is that as long as you and your loans qualify they could help you pay your student loans as well. SALT™ has a great eBook that covers the financing options available for service members, veterans, and their families.

Of course, be sure that you don’t enlist just to further your education or to get help paying back your loans. Do your research before you sign up. Remember, you are serving your country and could be moved around a lot, depending on the branch and your job in the military.

4. Volunteer With Peace Corps/AmeriCorps

Volunteer opportunities like the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps can provide financial aid and scholarships to further your education. Unfortunately, from what I can tell, it seems most times you need to have been a previous volunteer to qualify.

On the bright side, this information is very useful for previous volunteers or college students planning to volunteer. Further research for other volunteer opportunities that offer some sort of funding for higher education might be required.

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Hopefully, this information will help you save some money if you decide to continue your education for a graduate degree. There are probably even more options, so be sure to do your research and decide which is best for you.

Know of any other ways that you can save money while pursuing higher education? Tell us in the comments!

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4 Surprises You Could Find When Looking Up Your Student Loans

Posted on July 11, 2014 by:

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This is what Courtney looked like when NSLDS told her she had multiple loans.

There’s something you should know about me and my financial aid application process. Both my parents studied accounting in college. They’ve both done taxes for a living. Because of this, when my mom offered to fill out my FAFSA, I said YES. Leave it to the expert! No monotonous form-filling-out for me!

I’m starting to regret taking the easy way out.

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When I told Ryan that I didn’t know a lot about my student loan situation (just that I had one), he suggested I check out NSLDS®. NSLDS, or the National Student Loan Data System, is a government website that holds information about students’ federal loans and grants.

I figured I would just see my one student loan when I logged in, but that’s not what I discovered. Here are four surprises I found:

1. You Need A PIN To Get In

To access NSLDS, you need the PIN you used to sign the FAFSA; I had no idea what this was. I guess it may have been helpful to at least look over my mother’s shoulder while she filled out the FAFSA.

As fun as it has been to be blissfully unaware of my financial aid situation, it’s time to be independent. I don’t want to be completely reliant on my parents for my PIN or any other financial information.

Lesson learned: Whether or not you’re the one filling out the FAFSA, you’ll need that PIN throughout the life of your loans, so pick one you can remember. If you or your parents can’t recall it, you can easily retrieve your PIN online.

2. One Loan Can Look Like Three Loans (Wait, No …)

After consulting my mother for my PIN, I log on to NSLDS and see three unsubsidized Stafford loans. Wait … three? I thought I only had one, and its amount increased each year. Is it time to panic?

Here’s how unsubsidized Stafford loans work: Freshman year, I got a base amount plus some more unsubsidized funds. Each year since, I got a different loan with a different interest rate and a larger base amount. I’m on track to graduate next year, which means I’ll have four student loans in total—not one.

I know how much money I owe; I just didn’t realize how it was split. NSLDS confirmed the amount I have to pay back, so if you aren’t sure how much you owe, visit NSLDS. If you think you owe a certain amount, and NSLDS says you owe significantly more, that’s definitely something you should look into.

3. The Interest Really Piles Up

Because my loans are unsubsidized, I have to pay all the interest that accrues on them—including during my time in school. NSLDS is kind enough to show how much I’ve accumulated thus far, and yep, the interest on my loan from freshman year is pretty hefty.

For unsubsidized loans, it’s especially beneficial to start paying off your debt while you’re in school—before the interest gets added to your loan’s balance (and you get to pay interest on top of your interest). So, the more you pay now, the less you have to pay later.

4. Your Parents May Not Know Best

Logging on to NSLDS was an eye-opening experience. While I knew roughly how much I owed, seeing the exact number reminded me of the work I have to do to pay it off. Finding out how much interest my loans have accrued made me want to start repaying now.

That being said, I could have gotten a head start if I had been more involved in my financial aid process. I’m grateful for the help I got, but I wish I had tried to fill out the FAFSA by myself and paid more attention to the loans I received.

If you’re like me and you’re not totally comfortable filling out financial paperwork on your own, it’s worth sitting next to your parent while they do. You’ll pick up some useful information, and next time you’ll have a better chance of completing these forms on your own.

If your FAFSA days are over, you can still take control of your loans. Log on to NSLDS and see what your debt looks like. You can even add your loan info directly to SALT™. Once you know what you’re facing, you’ll be able to make a repayment plan and tackle your debt.

Did you find anything surprising when looking up your student loans? Tell us in the comments!

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Upcoming College Scholarship Deadlines: August 2014

Posted on July 8, 2014 by:

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Lace up your sneakers and apply for a scholarship this month.

August is historically a slow month for scholarships.

Generally, scholarship providers do not like to put their deadlines in August because most students are just starting classes again and don’t have a lot of time to apply for scholarships. As such, August presents a perfect opportunity for you to apply for scholarships without a ton of competition!

This batch of scholarships includes a few awards that almost any student can apply for. Good luck!

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The Gene And John Athletic Fund Scholarship

Scholarship Deadline: August 1, 2014

This organization provides scholarships to LGBTQ athletes who are also pursuing a college education.

From my research, it appears as though undergraduate and graduate students can apply. There doesn’t appear to be any citizenship requirements either, so international LGBTQ students should feel free to apply for this scholarship as well.

The only stated eligibility requirements are the following:

  • Must be an LGBTQ athlete looking to continue their education or actively pursuing a sports career (either professional or recreationally)

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation

Scholarship Deadline: August 1, 2014

The Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation is offering five $5,000 scholarships to low-income women with children who are pursuing their education. To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a woman
  • Must be at least 17 years of age
  • Must be a mother, with minor children
  • Must be pursuing a vocational degree/certificate, an associate’s degree, a first bachelor’s degree, or a professional/master’s/doctoral degree
  • Must be enrolled in a not-for-profit, accredited institution or program during the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Must be low income (annual family income less than $20,000 for a family of two; less than $24,000 for a family of three; less than $28,000 for a family of four)

The ARTBA’s Student Transportation Video Contest

Scholarship Deadline: August 1, 2014

A $500 prize goes to the student (or team) that creates the best 2- to 4-minute video examining any aspect of transportation in the United States. To apply, you must be currently enrolled in any post-secondary (college, graduate school, community college, etc.) program.

The Eve’s Addiction Scholarship

Scholarship Deadline: August 15, 2014

This scholarship is an essay contest open to almost any student. To apply, you must complete a 500-word essay on the following topic:

“How can the web give a company a competitive advantage?”

Additional eligibility requirements include:

  • Must be a high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate school student
  • Must be enrolled in a degree program in fall 2014 or spring 2015

Domo Scholarship For Business Management

Scholarship Deadline: August 31, 2014

Domo is awarding $2,500 scholarships to two college students who study business management. The scholarship requires you to complete a brief survey and write a 200-word essay in order to apply.

To qualify for this scholarship, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be attending a U.S. based 4-year college or university
  • Must be studying business
  • Must demonstrate an interest in analytics

Happy hunting!

For more information on college scholarship deadlines in 2014, including our scholarship of the month feature, check out our post on Upcoming 2014 College Scholarship Deadlines.

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