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Consider doing financial awareness counseling after you took out a federal student loan
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What Happens to Financial Aid If You Drop a Class?

Dropping a class may or may not impact your financial aid eligibility depending on how it affects your academic progress and your enrollment status. To know what happens to financial aid if you drop a class, it helps to first understand the requirements to qualify for financial aid. This only applies to federal financial aid. …
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Responsible Ways to Show Your Independence

You finally made it. College! After twelve years of school in your hometown, you now have the opportunity to break free and discover who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go. Now is the time for you to be selfish, adventurous, and curious about the world around you. This is …
financial advice & planning

7 Smart Ways to Use Your Graduation Money

You’ve graduated – Congratulations! Graduation day marks a major milestone in your journey toward adulthood. For the first time in your life, you’ll be truly independent and responsible for making your own decisions, personal and financial. The big question now is – what are you going to do with your college graduation money?  On graduating, …
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The Art of Learning from Failure

We all know what failure feels like. Everyone has been there at one point or another. Maybe it was a teeny tiny mishap or maybe it was something super important and it just didn’t end up how you wanted it to. Whatever the “failure” may be, there is always a chance of learning and growing …
college news & trends

5 Important Things Gen Z Wants Out of College

Gen Z is a very unique generation that is entering and attending college now. They are the first generation to grow up in a world surrounded by digital technology and social media. Because of this, they hold different perspectives and worldviews compared to other generations.  In general, Gen Z is more willing to talk openly …
student loans

6 Reasons Student Lending Speed Matters

College is expensive and many students depend on federal and/or private student loans to help finance their education. These types of loans have different eligibility requirements, interest rates, and repayment terms and conditions. Even the lending speeds are different. Student lending speed refers to the time it takes for a lender to process and approve …