How GPA and Test Scores Affect Financial Aid Opportunities

Over the course of your high school career, you’ve probably been told to make sure you keep your grades up. You’ve probably stressed about your standardized test scores and your GPA. Those two factors play a very large role in the college admissions process. But do better grades result in better financial aid opportunities? In …

Bad Excuses for Not Filing for Financial Aid

No matter the reason, every student should be filling out the FAFSA, or Free Application For Federal Student Aid, each year. Here are a few reasons we’ve heard students give when asked why they didn’t complete the application: I Won’t Qualify The number one reason that students or parents don’t complete the FAFSA is because …

How To Improve Your Credit Score During College

With tests, student loans, and plenty of studying, credit scores are often forgotten during college. However, these years are a great time to start working on your score. When you graduate, if your score is strong, it will help you get the things you need, like a car or an apartment. Here are some small …

Fun Facts about Financial Aid in America!

Many students are anxious when it comes to financial aid. How do I find it? Do I qualify for any? When are the deadlines? While applying for financial aid should be taken seriously—you don’t want to be lax about your applications—it’s always good to step back a little, take a deep breath, and keep these …

Finding Extra Financial Aid as an Out-of-State Student

When searching for colleges and universities that interest you, affordability is often a large concern. Among private universities, it doesn’t much matter: they don’t receive state funding, and therefore charge their students the same for tuition regardless of which state they reside in. Public universities are different. Because they receive state funding that comes from …

What Does it Mean When a School Has a “No Loan” Policy?

You may find yourself reading the title of this post and thinking, “Wait, what?” How could a college not have students taking out loans to pay for their education? However, once you learn more about how and why colleges are doing this, it starts to make sense. First things first—why are colleges across the country …

Questions to Ask Your College’s Financial Aid Office

A college visit is prime time to ask the experts any burning questions you have. You can ask your guide about the best study spots on campus, you can ask professors about class size, and you can ask the financial aid office questions about paying for college. College finance is often on the forefront of …

9 Effective Ways to Save Money as a College Student

College life is definitely important in anyone’s life. The college-going students are exposed to a completely new atmosphere. At this point, they can enjoy freedom as a student. At the same time, they have to learn many things to become successful in the years ahead. It is because most students have to get settled in …