1. Parents & First-Year Students: What You Need to Know About Student Loans

    Father & Daughter Discuss Student LoansWhen it comes to paying for college, student loans may be a necessity for some families. But all student loans were not created equally. Before your child signs that promissory note, it’s important to understand the student loan commitment, as well as the various kinds of student loans available, and of course, how to apply.

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  2. Who Can Qualify for In-State College Tuition? New Laws Expand Access

    Diverse group of college studentsIn-state tuition for college can cost a lot less than out-of-state tuition, often by one third. This makes state colleges and universities powerful lures for students and families looking to limit the cost.

    Until recently, some categories of individuals, including “stateless” veterans and undocumented immigrants, were not eligible for in-state tuition no matter where they lived. In most states, to receive in-state tuition, you have to be able to prove that you’ve lived in the state for at least one year. Veterans just coming off of deployment can’t do that, nor can children of undocumented workers.

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  3. Off-the-Beaten-Path Scholarships to Help Pay for College

    With the cost of a college education in the United States still on the rise, people keep seeking increasingly creative ways to help pay for tuition and other expenses. After doing some legwork, we compiled a list of 10 college scholarships that may have passed under your radar, which your child may be eligible for but may not have considered.

    Whether your child’s interests are in business or social change or animal rights, he or she may be able to uncover a new or unexpected frontier that could help pay for his or her college education. For starters, here are 10 scholarships to help pay for college, in the areas of fire safety, community improvement, corrective eyewear, livestock, groceries, sandwiches, potatoes, animals, ducks, and … candy:

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  4. Ways to Save Money on College Expenses

    Mother Helping Son with HomeworkMany families save, plan and try to do everything right, but when it comes time to send their children to college and to dig into their save-for-college fund, many families also quickly realize that they haven’t saved enough. In addition to setting aside money for your child’s college education, there are ways to stretch the college purse strings to make the most of every nickel and dime. Here are some:

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  5. Report finds Americans More Confident About Paying for College

    Students Throwing Their Mortar Boards in the Air at GraduationA 2013 study by Sallie Mae, a private company that services federal student loans, reveals that even in these tough economic times, American families belief in the value of college has been unwavering.

     

    Why is a college education so valuable? Today, many people consider a college degree to be a necessity rather than a luxury. The job market has become fiercely competitive with hundreds if not thousands of applicants for every job advertised. In this climate, people with a college degree are often the best positioned to grab the brass ring.

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