How Do Your Student Loans Affect Your Credit Score

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The impact of student loans on your credit rating

Written by: Sarah Miller for Student Choice

We recently talked about how your credit (or lack thereof) can affect your eligibility for student loans. But there’s another important way student loans and credit are tied to one another. Once your student loans go into repayment, the way you handle those payments can have an impact on…

College Student Loan Myths Busted

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Student Loan Myths – BUSTED!

Written by: Lisa Phelps for Student Choice

The news these days is filled with stories about the student loan burden: students graduating with back-breaking debt, whether or not it’s even worth going to college, and how much student loan debt is ok to have. These are all important topics that college students should pay attention to.

How to Manage Your Money in College

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iGrad – A New Way to Manage Your Money

Written by: Sarah Miller for Student Choice

When I left for college I’d never had a credit card before, but I opened one to build credit and pay for books.  I transferred my bank account to a local credit union (in the days before online banking), and while I’d always had a part-time job, I’d never really had…

How Does Your Credit Score Impact Your Student Loans?


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Give Me Some Credit Here!

Written by: Lisa Phelps for Student Choice

If you’re headed off to college for the first time, you may have never given any thought to your credit score or how it affects loans you apply for. You might not even know what a credit score really is, other than a term used in a catchy TV commercial. But if you or your…

Completing Your FAFSA – Step by Step

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Written by: Sarah Miller for Student Choice

Do you have a “Getting Ready for College” checklist?

Which items do you have left to cross off? Filling out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) should be at the top of that list! No one likes filling out forms and applications, but everyone likes FREE MONEY and that’s what the FAFSA can get you. Completing…

How to Afford Out-of-State College Tuition

how to pay out of state college tuitionAre Out-of-State Colleges Too Expensive to Consider? Think again – maybe not!

Written by: Steve Wynne of Student Choice

At First Glance

You live in Massachusetts, but your dream school is University of Virginia: Thomas Jefferson; Corinthian columns, killer tailgating.  What to do?  Going to college out-of-state is just too expensive for most students, right?  Or…is it?  The fact is, public and…

Earn College Credits in High School and Save on Tuition

earn college credits while you're in high schoolWritten by: Sharon Newkirk of Student Choice

Bank those college credits early!

Saving money when you’re in college is on the top of most college students’ minds. But, what about saving money in college – before you get to college? One of the best ways to save money is to prepare well in advance. There are several methods to attain…

What Are Tuition Payment Plans and How Can They Save You Money?

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Written by: Tracie McGetrick of Student Choice 

It seems like every time I visit a college, I hear someone talking about payment plans and getting their loans paid off when they graduate. And for good reason. If you’re like many college students and you’re thinking about graduating, or someone in your family is, then I suggest…

Working During College – Some Part-time Jobs are Just Better than Others

Working during college - some part time jobs are better than othersWritten by: Sharon Newkirk of Student Choice

Congratulations, you made it!  Are you ready to go off to school yet?  Run through the list:

  • Financial aid reviewed and accepted – check
  • Classes selected – check
  • Tuition covered – check
  • Living arrangements handled – check
  • Packed and repacked – check
  • You may also want to check out these handy checklists

Cost of Attendance: How Much Does College Really Cost?

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Written by: Tracie McGetrick of Student Choice

What does it really cost to go to college these days?

That’s a fair questions and believe me, I receive it a fair amount from students and parents across the country.

First things first, let’s define cost of attendance­, which you may see abbreviated as “COA” on your award letters or cost estimates from colleges. Cost of attendance is the sum…