Transferring Colleges? Check these Items off Your List First

Making the decision to transfer colleges is one that college students shouldn’t take lightly. Consider that all of your credits may not transfer, financial aid does not transfer and when you transfer matters. But, students who successfully transfer are more likely to graduate.

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An Insider’s Guide to College Merit Scholarships

Scholarships and non-need-based grants are a great way to curb college costs, but getting merit aid isn’t easy. Merit scholarships are awarded to high-achieving students. But, it’s not just about academics, although high grades and admissions test scores are a significant factor in the merit scholarship calculus. Other important attributes include demonstrating strong leadership qualities, volunteering and superior abilities in a specific area.

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Refinancing with a State Education Lender

Some borrowers can lower their interest payments and simplify their finances by refinancing their federal and private student loans with a state education lender. State agencies and state chartered non-profit corporations have a funding advantage that enables them to make loans with lower interest rates than commercial lenders.

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529 Plans Remain a Mystery for Most Americans

A new study from Edward Jones revealed that Americans lack knowledge about the features and tax benefits offered by 529 plans. Few parents ranked saving for college as a top financial goal and 36% do not save for college at all.

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When it comes to 529 plans, parents just don't understand

A study from Fidelity shows more parents are saving for college than ever before, but they are still confused about how 529 savings plans work. By missing out on these key benefits, including federal (and sometimes state) tax savings, and favorable financial aid treatment, they could be leaving money on the table.

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