How Do You Define Success?

There is no picture of success next to the definition in the dictionary. Coincidence? We think not.
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Blogger and novelist John Scalzi wrote a moving piece this past winter titled “How I Knew I’d Made It,” about … well, the moment he knew he was doing pretty well in his career. He says it was when he bought a tank of gas and didn’t worry about how much it cost. Just being able to fill up and know that whether he was spending on gas today didn’t really matter. He finally had the cash flow to not be constantly worried about overdrafts.

Upcoming College Scholarship Deadlines: May 2014

Don’t give up on scholarships that seem at first like they aren’t for you.
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Even though the school year is coming to a close, that doesn’t mean that scholarships stop giving away money. There are tons of scholarships with deadlines during the summer months. Because most students are off on summer vacation or generally not thinking about school during the summer, you may face less competition for scholarship contests offered during the “off-season.” To get you started, I found a few scholarships with upcoming deadlines in May.

Want To Eat On The Cheap All Week? Cook A Chicken!

Sorry, chicken. You’re what’s for dinner … and then lunch, and then dinner again …
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Inexperienced cooks are often inclined to buy the easiest cuts of meat to deal with. Boneless, skinless chicken breast is a great ingredient for minimal prep work and fast cooking times, but it’s also the priciest chicken in the store (and not just because bone-in adds to the weight without adding to the meat). As with any prepared, or partially- prepared food, the store charges for a convenience factor.

Special Circumstances And Waiting Lists

Piglet wishes all her fans a happy (and fairly non-destructive) April Fool’s Day!
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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?).

Tax Season Is A Perfect Time To Revisit Your Retirement Savings Plan

Don't put it off until tomorrow.
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There are only two more weeks before the April 15 federal income tax filing deadline. Unlike that forgiving professor who accepted your mid-term paper three weeks after spring break, the IRS is no joke. They like deadlines. Even their name strikes fear in the hearts of people. While many of us dread tax time, I would look at it as an opportunity (I’m a glass half full type of guy, if you can’t already tell) to revisit your retirement savings plan.

I Wasn’t Expecting This Expense

Things happened, that's a given. So make sure as prepared as you can.
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Earlier this month, I received news from back home that my uncle Rafo passed away. When I first heard the news that he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor back in January, I knew that I had to prepare to travel at a moment’s notice since well, la vida es impredecible (Life is unpredictable). I didn’t expect him to leave so soon. I had managed to save up a few bucks but almost not enough.

One Way to Simplify Student Loan Repayment (That Might Actually Work)

What if your student loan payments were linked to your paychecks?
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Recent graduates face a number of challenges, from landing their first job, to possibly relocating, and learning how to repay student loans. One recent proposal from groups like the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), Young Invincibles, and the New America Foundation aims to make the latter a lot easier—at least for federal student loan borrowers who are just about to enter repayment.

Scholarship of the Month: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship

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Sometimes a scholarship is worth more than just the cash award. Some scholarship organizations provide their scholarship winners with resources such as internship opportunities, mentoring, and other awesome perks. When you win a scholarship like this, you are winning a supportive network of individuals who will work tirelessly to help you to succeed. For this Scholarship of the Month post I will be highlighting a scholarship organization that provides awesome resources for their winners: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Scholarship!

When And How To Apply For College Financial Aid

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Contrary to popular belief, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) does not automatically mean that you’ve applied for financial aid from your college. The FAFSA is how you apply for money from the federal government (and colleges use this information as a part of their award process). However, often you’ll have to complete another separate application in order to be considered for money from your school and/or your state. You do not have to do anything else to be considered for federal financial aid. Make sure that your school’s financial aid office knows that is your intent, otherwise they may think your application is incomplete.