Q & A with Paying for College Expert Sallie Mae
Sep22

Q & A with Paying for College Expert Sallie Mae

Sallie Mae brought their expertise on the FAFSA and paying for college to CampusChat, Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Read the Q&A for expert FAFSA tips.

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Scholarship Mom Tip #64: Break it down to do-able steps
Mar20

Scholarship Mom Tip #64: Break it down to do-able steps

It is easy for students to get overwhelmed with a stack of college scholarship applications and essays that they are expected to complete within a certain period of time. Ease their minds and break down each application into small, do-able steps, each with their own deadlines. The application can be filled out one day, the essay written over the weekend, the required materials obtained in batches (don’t just ask for one copy of student transcripts, try and get multiple copies at one time), and the whole package assembled (in proper order!) and mailed on another day. Keep this up throughout the year and you will be astonished at how many scholarships can be applied for as a...

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Parent College Coach Tip #7: The Ball’s in Your Court!
Mar14

Parent College Coach Tip #7: The Ball’s in Your Court!

— College admission offers are rolling in. Which college will score the most points when it comes to a financial win? The ball’s in your court now.

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Parent College Coach Tip #6: Talk To Your Kids About Student Loans
Mar07

Parent College Coach Tip #6: Talk To Your Kids About Student Loans

— Student loan dept adds up — an important talk to have with your college-bound teens.

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Scholarship Mom Tip #59: File the FAFSA
Feb13

Scholarship Mom Tip #59: File the FAFSA

We are right in the middle of FAFSA season! It’s time to file the FAFSA. Becoming familiar with financial aid terms is an important part of applying and trying to get as much help as possible in paying for college. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form can be found at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and is 100% free to submit. Applicants and their parents are directed to answer each question with helpful suggestions and information provided along the way. There are many websites offering assistance in completing the FAFSA forms and although they may be helpful, they are costly and give no guarantee that the student will receive more aid as a result of using their services. Have you filed your FAFSA yet? More FAFSA Tips FAFSA – What are you waiting for? FAFSA – What arTop Five FAFSA Mistakes: How to avoid theme you waiting for? The College Money Talk – Does It Include...

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College Expenses: Planning Ahead is a Must
Jul23

College Expenses: Planning Ahead is a Must

How America Pays for College 2013” is a national study released by Sallie Mae that gives us a look college costs and who’s paying. In addition, the report indicates that 85% of parents believe that a college education is a smart investment. As you plan your college visits, be sure to go prepared with a list of questions about financial aid and scholarships.   Infographic – click to enlarge   Explore the infographic above (click on the image to open) to see how the parents surveyed report on where the money comes from when it comes to financing a college education. College Money Tip: Watch your expenses. Take out only the amount of student loans you need to cover college costs. Some students felt that a 3.4% rate justified using student loan money to cover living expenses, but that isn’t a sound strategy any more. Consider living at home, sharing a room, and take full advantage of your meal plan. Using student loan money to go out for pizza every week could cost you a lot of money in the long run. — Jodi Okun, College Financial Advisors What are you doing to save for college? Please share your thoughts and tips in the comments section...

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