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What Are The 529 Plan Rules?

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When it comes to saving for college, 529 plans are often at the forefront of many parents’ savings research and goals. However, there are a lot of rules and information to digest. States offer 529 plans to give parents a way to save for their kids’ college tuition. Parents who start saving in a 529 …

How To Protect Yourself From New Student Loan Scams

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Looking for student loans can be a trying process. When you’re under that kind of stress, it’s easy to fall prey to student loan scams. Scammers work by offering you a tempting easy solution to your problem. Unfortunately, instead of resolving anything, it just throws you further into debt. Knowing how to protect yourself from …

What Is Student Loan APR? Why Is It Important?

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When you start researching student loans, you will come across several new terms. Sometimes it’ll feel like learning an entirely new dictionary. Each new term is vital to understand, however, since they will play a part in your finances. One such term that’s overlooked or misunderstood is APR—or Annual Percentage Rate. Let’s take a look …

How Do I Discover My Financial Aid Eligibility?

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Many, if not most, students depend on some financial aid to help them cover the cost of college. Determining financial aid eligibility, however, can be confusing. What do you qualify for? How much can you earn? This article covers the general eligibility requirements for the 3 main types of financial aid available to students—federal student …

Betsy DeVos in Trouble for Violating Student Loan Court Order

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U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim has found that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos violated her court order to stop going after the debts of former students of defunct Corinthian Colleges. Instead, DeVos continued telling them to make payments toward debt they had accrued. There would be nothing unusual about this if the school was still …

What Does The FAFSA Stand For?

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When you start researching your financial aid options for college, one term you’ll come across a lot is ‘FAFSA’. So, what does the FAFSA stand for? FAFSA is an abbreviation for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is an application you need to submit to determine your eligibility for all federal financial aid programs. …

What You Need to Know About the 2020–2021 FAFSA Updates

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If you’re looking into financial aid for the upcoming 2020–2021 school year, you should be aware of important FAFSA updates. There are a number of alterations from last year’s form—from question eliminations to some much-needed updates.  Here’s what you need to know about the 2020–21 FAFSA.  Why is it Updating? There are two main reasons …

Chatting With College Raptor $1,000 Scholarship Winner Grant Parker!

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Congratulations to Grant Parker, the newest College Raptor $1,000 scholarship winner! In addition to writing a winning essay, Grant also answered some interview questions. Read on below to learn about his current college preparations as a high school student. Tell us a little about yourself! My name is Grant Parker, I live in Canton Texas …
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