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How to Calculate Your Expected Family Contribution

How to Calculate Your Expected Family Contribution If you’re hoping to receive a substantial amount of need-based financial aid for college or graduate school, your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be one of the most important numbers you’ll ever see. (Need-based financial aid is financial aid you receive because you couldn’t afford college otherwise; “merit-based” financial aid doesn’t depend on …


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Should College Be Free? (And Proposals to Make It Happen)

Should College Be Free? (And Proposals to Make It Happen) Should college be free? With each election year — whether it is the major one or the midterm election — the issue of higher education and its increasing cost comes up. Students are graduating with more debt than at any other time in history — at least $30,000 in student loans, …


Some Popular Alternatives to Citibank Student Loans

Some Popular Alternatives to Citibank Student Loans Citibank used to have a student loan unit but closed it down a few years ago. Some students may have since graduated and are currently working a job, and not even realized their Citibank student loans were handed off to a different loan servicer. For those looking to use Citibank for student loans, …

How Much Money Does It Cost for Someone to Study Abroad?

How Much Money Does It Cost for Someone to Study Abroad? You’ve seen those study-abroad flyers around on campus and they look enticing. An exotic land with exotic food and people. Perhaps you would like to expand your cultural horizons. Sounds like the perfect adventure to experience while getting an education, doesn’t it? If you’ve hung around here long enough, …

The Best Phone Plans For College Students To Save Money In 2018

The Best Phone Plans For College Students To Save Money In 2018 Cell phones are a must have for college students everywhere.  Many college students start leaving their parents’ family plan, but don’t know where to go to find the best deals. And it can be confusing to try and find the best cell phone plans to save money with …

The Five Best Tips To Save On Textbooks This Fall

The Five Best Tips To Save On Textbooks This Fall If you’ve never purchased a college textbook, it’s likely your jaw will drop when you first see the price.  It’s not uncommon for math and science textbooks to run well over $150 per book! When you have to buy 4-5 of these books a year (plus other books and materials …

The College Student’s Guide to Investing In College

The College Student’s Guide to Investing In College So, you worked all summer and now you have some extra cash on hand, maybe $1,000 or more. If so, nice job! Now, do you take that $1,000 and spent it on beer all year? Or do you take that money and invest in college? Well, if you spent it on beer, …

eCampus Textbook Rental Review

eCampus Textbook Rental Review When I was in college, I always bought the cheapest book (used, or searched online for the best deal).  Textbook rental was just starting to become main stream when I left school, and now it is a very popular alternative to buying textbooks at the bookstore. If you’re looking for the best deal when it comes …

5 Money Tips for the Above-Average College Graduate

5 Money Tips for the Above-Average College Graduate You just graduated from college. And now it is time to master your money. However, nobody has ever given you practical guidance beyond “don’t buy expensive lattes” and “$20 for avocado toast is a waste of your money.” In this post, I’m going to share five money tips that will have you …

How To Use A 529 Plan For Private Elementary And High School

How To Use A 529 Plan For Private Elementary And High School The late 2017 tax overhaul didn’t just affect Federal income tax brackets. Since the start of this year, 529 plans have changed. Now parents can withdraw up to $10,000 per year to pay for private primary and secondary education tuition. This is a big change to 529 plans …