What should I know about the Federal Work-Study program?

Tutoring Services  by Lower Columbia College  CC 2.0 If you’re heading to college and need money for tuition and fees, there are plenty of options, grants, scholarships, and student loans being the most common. But one form of financial aid that often goes unnoticed is the Federal Work Study Program. The Federal Work Study Program, […]

Are college graduation rates important?

When you’re considering what college to attend, one qualification will always come up: graduation rate. Graduation rate refers to the time in which a student enters and then completes a degree at a 4-year college or university, usually expressed as a percentage: X% of enrolled students complete their degree in four years. We can find […]

What does expected family contribution mean?

You plugged in all your information, dotted your i’s, crossed your t’s, and finally your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is completed. Now what? Sit tight. You’re waiting for the United States Department of Education to spit out this grand number, and that’s going to take a week or two. In the meantime, […]

What do I need to know when applying for student loans?

By now you’ve heard about the horrors of excessive student loans. Many students in recent years have been set up for life-long financial trouble by easily obtained, difficult to repay loans. If you don’t want to be one of them, you should really only consider student loans after you have sourced any and all free […]

How can I get a tuition reimbursement from my employer?

Maybe you went straight to work after high school, or after a couple years of college you cut out early to start making some money and figured you’d get back eventually. Well, now may be the perfect time to inquire if your employer participates in a tuition payment/reimbursement program, also known as waivers, to pay […]

Can I get financial aid with a criminal record?

Short answer: maybe. If you want to go to college, it’s best not to get convicted of a crime. But it’s an unfortunate reality that sometimes it takes a serious wake-up call to realize you need to turn your life around and make something better for yourself. In many cases, that means education. But, having […]

How can I get tuition paid as a veteran?

If you’ve served our country, it’s likely you’ve been promised the benefit currently known as Military Tuition Assistance (TA), although also frequently referred to as the G.I. Bill (or its official title, the servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944). However, its a misnomer to call it the G.I. Bill, as that really doesn’t exist anymore. The […]

What is the benefit of going to community college?

Lots of people, whether they’re graduating from high school or going back to school after some years of working, look at the cost of college and say, “Nope, can’t afford it.” Tuition in colleges and university, even public state institutions, is going up every year, and for many people, it’s just not manageable. But there […]

What’s a 529 plan?

The 529 plan is a college savings plan designed to help families set aside funds for future college expenses. The 529 plan originate within states or institutions, rather than the federal government (such as with college loans). With tuition costs rising rapidly every year, states have created funds (the original model being Michigan) in which […]

Common errors when filling out FAFSA

According to the Department of Education, about 30% of all FAFSAs (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) were selected for verification, a process intended to help correct common errors. You really want to avoid these errors: of course, it can prevent you from receiving financial aid, but it can cost you time and energy even […]