For the longest time, I thought the phrase "never LOOK a gift-horse in the mouth," was "never LICK a gift-horse in the mouth." Yuck, I wondered, why would anyone do that?! Does that even require such a warning? It turns out that looking at the teeth of a horse someone gifted to you is bad manners.
Whether you are looking or licking (please, don't lick!), it's a bad idea when it comes to financial aid. Don't question free money for college, no matter the amount. Be grateful for any amount that reduces what you need to borrow. Here, we will explain the differences between gift aid and self-help aid for college.
The RISLA College Planning Center is happy to announce that in addition to its two permanent locations in Warwick and Cumberland, Rhode Islanders will have access to free college planning services at local high schools throughout Rhode Island this winter. Throughout January and February, RISLA College Planning Center counselors will be traveling across the state in an effort to make filing the FAFSA and CSS Profile easier for college-bound students and their families.Read More
Preparing yourself to enter the work force is no easy task, which is why we've created this handy infographic with tips that can help you get your first job. The idea of going out into the real world on your own can be overwhelming. You might feel like you don't have the right skills for jobs you're applying for or that you just don't interview well. Whether your looking to gain experience to enhance your resume or are looking for tips to fine tune your interviewing skills, we've got you covered.
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Local scholarships are one of the best ways to hack away at your tuition bill. Why you ask? Because it's free money that doesn't need to be repaid and there are usually no strings attached! Scholarships are much like grants in that they don't need to be repaid, but they sometimes have requirements you must meet in order to win them, or you may be required to send in a separate application for the scholarship. If the scholarship is awarded by the school itself, you may need to get your admission application materials in earlier than normal to be considered.Read More
As winter vacation and the holidays come to an end, it is time to get back on track when it comes to college planning. January tends to be a slower month for both high school juniors and seniors, resulting in an easy transition back into school mode. But don't let the month pass you by. Be proactive and take the next steps to build a successful future. Stay on track with these timelines and tips.Read More
In life, nothing is guaranteed. Oftentimes things change, and your student loan payments may just be one of those things. Recent increases to variable interest rates, after a very long period of staying static, have left many student loan borrowers in a state of shock. When rates increase, so do monthly payments on variable rate loans, and after sitting at historical lows for nearly a decade, market rates have been on the rise these past two years.Read More