Student Lending Legislation Changes… and Why You Should Care

Tyler Disburg Credit Union Student ChoiceWritten by: Tyler Disburg of Student Choice

Public policy affects an increasingly large portion of our lives, and yet by and large Americans remain on the sidelines of the political process. Why?

“It’s messy.”

“My voice doesn’t count.”

“One person can’t really effect change.”

 

 

 

We’ve heard them all before. You may have even said something similar to friends and family.

Strikingly, our younger generations tend to have…

How to Write a Great College Scholarship Essay

writing a great college scholarship essayThe Road to Free Money for College Starts with a Great Essay!

Written by: Janet Barger of Student Choice

As colleges start for the year, I continue to get questions about getting last minute financial assistance and planning ahead for next year. Many students and parents have found that this year was more difficult…

How to Pay Remaining College Costs and Fill the Gap

how to fill the college funding gapWritten by: Jim Holt of Student Choice

My son’s college bill came in the mail this month and there is a very large number that we still need to pay. Given the amount, I should expect the envelope to be gilded in gold. Or, some fancy Town Crier to be at my doorstep eloquently announcing this silly amount of monopoly…

Are Federal Student Loans Still the Best Choice?

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Written by: Tyler Disburg of Student Choice

In light of recent legislation discussions, rate changes and headlines flooding the media, I get this question a lot. Federal student loans have long been considered the “gold standard” for education financing, but is that distinction deserved today? The short answer is yes, but why? First, we should examine why federal loans inherited their “King of the Hill” status.

Federal…

Maximize Your College Financial Aid

Maximize your college financial aid

Written by: Dustin Limburg of Student Choice

As students prepare to head off to college, dealing with the costs of education can be overwhelming. We hear it all the time: “What can I do to get the most out of my financial aid?”

Once you add in the cost of living like food, books, and basic accommodations like furnishing a college room, the…

Parent PLUS Loans Versus Private Student Loans – Comparison

Private Student Loans Versus Plus LoansWritten by: Jim Holt and Steve Wynne of Student Choice

How do I know if I should select a PLUS loan or a private student loan?

That is a great question and one that we hear a lot from folks trying to figure out the best way to pay for college. Let’s take a deeper look at both kinds of loans…

Guide to College Financial Aid – What to Know Before Applying for Student Loans

What do I need to know before applying for student loans?

Written by Dustin Limburg of Student Choice

Before you apply for student loans As someone who works with colleges, students and financial aid, I get asked that question a lot. In fact, it’s probably one of the most important, but least understood aspects of going to college. So today, I want to take…

Guide to Financial Aid – What is the College Financial Aid Process?

College Financial Aid GuideWhat is the College Financial Aid Process?

Written by: Steve Wynne of Credit Union Student Choice

When it comes to college, and especially paying for college, it can be hard to know where to start. There are so many different programs and different titles floating around, it can make anyone’s head spin. I can’t tell you how many times someone has asked me to…