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FAFSA Verification – Don’t Delay Your Financial Aid!

FAFSA Verification – Don’t Delay Your Financial Aid!

You completed the FAFSA, you received the Student Aid Report (SAR), now what? Many students aren’t aware but one out of three students will be selected for verification, and if you are chosen don’t ...

FAFSA Verification – Don’t Delay Your Financial Aid!
Cost of Attendance, Online Classes, Living with Parents, and Changing Plans

Cost of Attendance, Online Classes, Living with Parents, and Changing Plans

Still thinking of continuing your education online or virtually? Something to think about is your Cost of Attendance (COA) and whether or not it has changed for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Y...

Cost of Attendance, Online Classes, Living with Parents, and Changing Plans
Planning for Year 1 and Year 2 during COVID-19

Planning for Year 1 and Year 2 during COVID-19

COVID-19 has probably thrown a wrench or two into your plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Travel plans may not be in the cards for you this school year. There are still so many options to make the...

Planning for Year 1 and Year 2 during COVID-19
Finding Financial Resources for Postsecondary Education

Finding Financial Resources for Postsecondary Education

Paying for college can turn out to be a scavenger hunt for funds, but when it comes to achieving your goals, nothing should stop you, not even the net cost.Financial resources for college or career tr...

Finding Financial Resources for Postsecondary Education
What You Should Know About Student Loan Refi

What You Should Know About Student Loan Refi

There is an app on my phone that tells me exactly how long I have until my student loans are paid off. It is a basic countdown app that I set up after using this online calculator to find out just how...

What You Should Know About Student Loan Refi
Net Cost: Beyond the Sticker Price of Schools

Net Cost: Beyond the Sticker Price of Schools

The price of colleges can seem a bit daunting, and some families spend years preparing to pay for college. Of course, cost is something to consider when choosing a school. But if you see an expensive...

Net Cost: Beyond the Sticker Price of Schools
Saving Now for College Pays Later: 529 College Saving Plans

Saving Now for College Pays Later: 529 College Saving Plans

It’s no secret that going to college today costs more money than it did 10 years ago. If you’re a parent who has already started saving for your student’s college –congratulations! If not, one op...

Saving Now for College Pays Later: 529 College Saving Plans
Loans Myths You Don’t Want to Fall for

Loans Myths You Don’t Want to Fall for

In the hierarchy of financial aid, you should always seek gift-aid first before taking out a student loan, but the cost of attendance can often exceed the amount of gift-aid – if that is the case, st...

Loans Myths You Don’t Want to Fall for
Alaska Performance Scholarship: Using it for Career & Technical Training!

Alaska Performance Scholarship: Using it for Career & Technical Training!

Not everyone has a desire to be college bound during their senior year. Instead, they may be focused on career and technical education (CTE) training options to start their career and enter into the ...

Alaska Performance Scholarship: Using it for Career & Technical Training!
What Makes YOU Stand Out

What Makes YOU Stand Out

Do you know someone who makes $500 per hour? That could happen with a scholarship application. It is worth the time it takes to pay close attention to the application instructions, the details of th...

What Makes YOU Stand Out
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You completed the FAFSA, you received the Student Aid Report (SAR), now what? Many students aren’t aware but one out of three students will be selected for verification, and if you are chosen don’t worry, its routine.  Verification is to ensure that the information is accurate, because people are human and mistakes can happen.  Simply putting down the wrong birthday, social security number, or putting tax information in the wrong box can make it difficult for financial aid offices to give you ...
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Still thinking of continuing your education online or virtually? Something to think about is your Cost of Attendance (COA) and whether or not it has changed for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. You may recall a previous blog called Net Cost: Beyond the Sticker Price in Schools, where we covered the basics of COA. However, things may have changed a bit since you filed your FAFSA. Three things to review are the following:
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COVID-19 has probably thrown a wrench or two into your plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Travel plans may not be in the cards for you this school year. There are still so many options to make the most of your time and to prepare from your region and from your home.
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Paying for college can turn out to be a scavenger hunt for funds, but when it comes to achieving your goals, nothing should stop you, not even the net cost. Financial resources for college or career training are in place to help you effectively pay for your postsecondary education. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started on your own financial resource scavenger hunt:
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There is an app on my phone that tells me exactly how long I have until my student loans are paid off. It is a basic countdown app that I set up after using this online calculator to find out just how long I will be paying off those loans. Here’s a calculator for federal loans.
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The price of colleges can seem a bit daunting, and some families spend years preparing to pay for college. Of course, cost is something to consider when choosing a school. But if you see an expensive price tag for a university and think you can’t afford it, don’t be intimidated just yet. In your journey to obtain a college degree, the first thing you’ll probably see is the schools’ published Cost of Attendance (COA), or as some may call it – the ‘Sticker Price’. But what really matters ...
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It’s no secret that going to college today costs more money than it did 10 years ago. If you’re a parent who has already started saving for your student’s college –congratulations! If not, one option to consider is a 529 College Savings Plan. A 529 College Saving Plan is a tax-advantaged investment account that allows you to save for future college costs. It’s usually offered by a state or educational institution.
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In the hierarchy of financial aid, you should always seek gift-aid first before taking out a student loan, but the cost of attendance can often exceed the amount of gift-aid – if that is the case, student loans are a viable option. When looking at your loan options, make sure to research the interest rates, repayment logistics, and always read the fine print (usually located in the promissory note). To help you navigate through the realm of student loans, we listed a few myths below:
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Not everyone has a desire to be college bound during their senior year. Instead, they may be focused on career and technical education (CTE) training options to start their career and enter into the workforce. Just like college, there can be costs associated with getting an education. Thankfully, the Alaska Performance Scholarship can be used at CTE Institutions and Training Centers.
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Do you know someone who makes $500 per hour? That could happen with a scholarship application. It is worth the time it takes to pay close attention to the application instructions, the details of the application form itself, and the supporting documents required for the scholarship. Here are some tips to help you stand out in a stack of scholarship applications.
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