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Grants That Can Help Reduce Student Loan Debt

Paying off student loans completely can be very frustrating. It can take many years of saving money and juggling finances just to afford the monthly repayments. And even then, it can seem like you’ll never ever be debt-free. One way to reduce the burden of student loan debt is by availing of grants established for …
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When Will I Get My Award Letter For Financial Aid?

Most colleges sent out financial aid award letters about 1 – 3 months after receiving your FAFSA information. But this is not a hard and fast rule. The timeline for sending award letters for financial aid may vary among schools. Understanding the process will give you a better idea of when to expect your financial …
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State Grants for Minnesota Students

Almost all states offer their students grants to better afford college – Minnesota included! We put together a quick list of some of the grants Minnesota offers, plus give you some links to additional resources for affording college in the state! Minnesota State Grants 1. Minnesota State Grant Program Available to low and moderate income …
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State Grants for Mississippi Students

Did you know the state of Mississippi has several grants available to its students who wish to go to college? We cover just a few of these below, plus give you additional resources so you can learn more about going to and affording college in Mississippi! Mississippi State Grants 1. Higher Education Legislative Plan (HELP) …
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Important Things to Know When Filing FAFSA for Grad School

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a standard application for students to access federally subsidized financial aid. You most likely received federal financial aid after filing the FAFSA as an undergraduate student. You can also access low-cost student loans, grants, and scholarships by filing the FAFSA for grad school.  The process of …
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A Quick Guide to Recertifying Income-Based Repayments

All federal student loan borrowers have access to income-based repayment plans. These plans can help lower your monthly repayments if you can’t afford the current repayment amount. To stay on the plan, it’s important to renew your plan every year. This is known as recertifying your income-based repayment.  Why You Need To Recertify Income-Driven Repayments …
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Can I Claim Student Loan Interest Deduction?

You may be eligible to claim a student loan interest deduction if you took out student loans to cover educational expenses. This tax break allows eligible borrowers to deduct up to $2,500 paid interest from their annual taxable income.  What Is Student Loan Interest Deduction? Student loan interest refers to the interest you’ve paid on …
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8 Tips for Dealing with Student Loan Debt

Staying on top of your loans can seem like a never-ending struggle. On the one hand, you have to keep track of multiple payment amounts and due dates. On the other hand, you have to figure out how to get the funds to repay the debt. But dealing with student loan debt doesn’t have to …
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Can You Return Unused Student Loan Money?

Have you borrowed more than you need and are wondering what happens to unused student loan money? You may or may not be able to return the excess amount without paying interest or fees depending on your lender and type of loan. Let’s walk through the different scenarios.  Why You May Have Unused Student Loan …