Where Are You on Your Journey

Choose where you are in the process of paying for college to see tips and hacks for making it possible:

Planning

Choosing Your College: The Price Factor

Asking the right questions now can make your college choice a better one...

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Explore Scholarships and Grants

It’s so worth the effort. You don’t have to be an academic or athletic superstar to qualify for grants and scholarships...

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Top 10 Ways to Slash College Costs

Your parents may have graduated without student loans—but that’s old-school these days...

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Your Starting Point: The FAFSA

It’s a mouthful, but important. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an online form required by U.S. colleges and universities to determine your eligibility for need-based financial aid...

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Federal v. Private Student Loans

Generally, there are two types of student loans: 1) Federal Student Loans... 

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What's a FICO score? Do I need one? And how do I get a great one?

Very few high school students have a FICO score (a score that determines a person’s credit worthiness, as determined by the Fair Isaac Corporation) or a personal line of credit to their name...

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College Versus University || What's the Difference?

What's the difference between a college and a university? It pays to understand your options. One place to start is with the fundamentals – the difference between a college and a university.

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College Visits: Only Tour Schools You Can Afford

College is one of the biggest financial investments you'll make in your lifetime, which is why it's important that you choose one within your budget. Touring a college is just like test-driving a car; both types of cars can get you where you want but to manage your expectations and make smart decisions, you only want to drive the cars you can afford.

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Private Versus PLUS Loans || Know Your Loan Options

Financing your child's education is a big decision for you and your college bound teen. direct PLUS loans for parents and private student loans are two of the most popular options. Continue reading to learn more about how these could fit into your family's college financing plan.

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What is Financial Aid, Anyway?

As we all know, college educations aren't free, and they typically don't come cheap, either. With that being said, you could be eligible for something that helps to bridge the gap between the sticker price, and what your family can afford to pay—financial aid.

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Paying

Six Easy Ways to Dig Yourself Out

Looking for Debt Advice? 6 Easy Ways to Get Out of Debt

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Why Spending Plans Beat Budgets Every Time

Get Your Money on Track with a Spending Plan

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Summer School in College?

Taking summer classes may not sound all that glamorous, but it could be just what you need to keep you on track.

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Repaying

Does Refinancing Make Sense for You?

If you’ve got student loan debt (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) you’re likely paying a good amount in interest each month...

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Your Refi Checklist & FAQs

Here’s what private lenders typically want to see early in the refi process...

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Student Loan Refinancing: Manage Your Extra Cash 

Refinanced your student loans? Smart. The real test is how you manage the extra money.

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Boost Your Credit Score 

Maintaining and boosting your credit score is key to your future financial security.

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