Historically, the college process has caused lots of anxiety for families. With technology, good information, and a plan, students can find a great college fit without taking on mountains of student loans. This podcast covers all the bases to help students smartly approach the process of finding and paying for college.
My son or daughter got into college now what? What is the total cost of attendance really? Can I afford it? What options are there for financial aid, loans, merit aid, scholarship? Do I really have to pay the sticker price? As families start to assess their ability to afford college, what should they be doing and when?
Many grandparents want to help their grandchildren achieve their dreams of college. Unfortunately, how grandparents save or offer assistance can unintentionally reduce a student’s eligibility for financial aid. Knowing some of the rules in advance will ensure that a grandparent’s good intentions are fulfilled without penalizing the student.
If you are a grandparent (or soon to be one) here are a few things to consider when planning to help save for college.
Use these holiday hints to increase college savings and by this time next year, you’ll be proud of your accomplishments. (…and don’t forget to clue in grandparents and other relatives to get a bigger bang for your buck!)
When people buy things, they know the price and act accordingly. For inexpensive stuff, Apple-pay, a debit card or cash is offered without much analysis. With increasingly more expensive items, such as a TV, a car, or a house, consumers research. They consider options and shop around to determine what is affordable and how to pay the bill.
Calculating a precise Return on Investment (ROI) on a college degree is less important than taking actions which will result in better returns. We can put the calculator away and think simply about how to increase the Return on Investment (“ROI”) for education.
A lot has been written about the $1.7 trillion of student loan debt outstanding. But not much has been written about the relationship between student loans and credit scores. Student loans can increase or decrease your credit score - you should know how this works.