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Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for federal student aid must satisfy certain eligibility requirements. Other forms of financial aid have similar eligibility requirements, as well as a few additional restrictions, such as age and state residency requirements.

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Student Loans Will Cost You Double

Every dollar you borrow will cost about two dollars by the time you repay the debt. So, before you use student loan money to pay for something, ask yourself if you’d still buy it at twice the price.

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Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Early or Save for College?

Instead of saving for college in a 529 plan, some families pay off their mortgage early to free up future cash flow. Families should consider their mortgage interest rate, the liquidity of their assets and whether or not they plan to stay in their home before deciding to pay off their mortgage early.

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Saving for College While Repaying Your Own Student Loans

Parents who are still repaying their own student loans, but have to save for their own children’s college costs, are between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Some parents are stuck repaying student loans they borrowed as college students themselves or loans they borrowed on behalf of their older college-bound children, with younger siblings still needing college financing help.

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Pros and Cons of Dual Enrollment

Students can save on college costs by earning dual-enrollment credits in high school. Here is a list of the biggest pros and cons to consider when deciding whether or not to take dual-enrollment classes.

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