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

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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?).

How To Eat On A Backpacker’s Budget When Traveling In Europe

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When you’re on vacation, your instinct is to do things the easy way—which means eating most of your meals at restaurants.

In Europe, it’s really easy to blow through your budget on food and drinks. The food is great, and the prices seem inexpensive (that is, if you were able to avoid issues with exchange rates or other banking fees). However, with a bit of effort, you can stretch your food budget much further.

Here are a few tips I’ve learned for how to save money on food while traveling.

4 Free Ways To Continue Your Education After College

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During my time in undergrad, I learned that school is more than sitting in a classroom. So, even if you’re not heading back to school in the fall, that doesn’t mean you can’t nurture your love for learning into your adulthood!

You can further your education without filing that FAFSA all over again. Get resourceful, and use your connections and community to improve your skill set and beef up your résumé. Or heck—just learn something new because you think it’s cool. That works too. Here are four ways you can do it for free.

8 Things Incoming Freshman Must Do The Summer Before College

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When I asked my soon-to-be-college-freshman son what to include in a pre-college to-do list, he said: say goodbye to your girlfriend or boyfriend, buy a good alarm clock, and watch a movie about balancing partying with education.

Well, at least one of his suggestions mentioned education (sort of).

Based on what my other kids have experienced, there is a lot more to do before you arrive on campus. If you’re heading to school in the fall, be sure to check these eight things off your to-do list.

3 Ways That Apps Can Help You Survive Long-Distance Friendships

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In high school, I counted down the days until summer vacation. But now that I’m in college, I’m really starting to understand the “Summertime Sadness.”

With classes and homework out of the way for 3 months, there’s plenty of time to hang out with friends. In high school, most of my friends were a short drive away, so pool parties and bonfires were weekly events for us. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case in college.

3 Tips To Succeed At Your Entry-Level Job

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After I graduated in January, I immediately started my first entry-level job. It was such a lightning-fast transition that it’s taken me nearly 6 months to reflect on the whole experience.

I’ve come to quite a few conclusions about the whole thing, not least of which is “what the hell were you thinking/why didn’t you just hibernate for what would’ve been your spring semester?”