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Economic Mobility Score (EMS)

Get the best return on your college investment with our Economic Mobility Score. It helps you find affordable colleges with the highest graduate earnings.

January 27, 2023 | by David Levy

What is the true cost of college?

Real net costs of attending college have actually fallen in recent years if financial aid and opportunity costs are taken into account.

December 13, 2022 | by Dr. Michael Nietzel

Common FAFSA mistakes to avoid

FAFSA is among the most important student forms to complete, opening the door to various financial aid opportunities. Avoid these common FAFSA mistakes.

November 1, 2022 | by Jeremy Coppock

How to read a financial aid award letter

Receiving a financial aid award letter can be both exciting and confusing. Here’s a simple way to decipher the financial aid package you’ve been offered.

October 25, 2022 | by Jeremy Coppock

How to pay off student loans fast

As a graduate you needn’t struggle with student debt for the rest of your life. Read on to discover how to pay off student loans fast.

October 25, 2022 | by Tom Czaban

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How to avoid scholarship scams

Scholarships can be a great way to fund your studies, but some are too good...

October 25, 2022 | by Tom Czaban

A guide to working while in college

Looking to make some extra cash between semesters? Check out these summer college jobs to...

October 25, 2022 | by Jeremy Coppock

How to make college more affordable

Between tuition, room and board, utilities, textbooks, groceries and transportation, college students quickly learn to...

October 25, 2022 | by Olga Knezevic

Student loan horror stories

Planning to take out a loan to cover your education? Be sure to do your...

October 25, 2022 | by Brittany Mailhot

What is the 529 savings plan?

529 plans are the most popular way to save for a child’s education in the...

October 24, 2022 | by Olga Knezevic

Subsidized vs. unsubsidized federal loans

Understand the difference between subsidized and unsubsidized student loans and how loan repayment works in...

September 29, 2022 | by Michael Acosta

Tips and strategies to ace a scholarship interview

You may be required to participate in an interview as part of your scholarship application....

September 20, 2022 | by Jeremy Coppock

Student loan forgiveness: ultimate guide

Loan forgiveness is among the quickest ways to pay off student loan debt. Learn about...

September 20, 2022 | by Jeremy Coppock

11 ways to save money on textbooks

Textbooks may not be your first consideration when planning your college budget, but the costs...

September 13, 2022 | by Brandes Gress

How to choose the best private student loans

If you’ve exhausted federal student loan options you might consider a private loan to help...

September 13, 2022 | by Jeremy Coppock

Outside scholarships: How to get them and how they affect financial aid

Outside scholarships can be an excellent way to fund your college studies. Learn more about...

September 12, 2022 | by Brandes Gress

A guide to financial literacy for college students

How you handle your money can make or break the college experience. Take the time...

September 7, 2022 | by Olga Knezevic

Student loan forgiveness for healthcare workers

If you work in the medical field then you may be eligible for loan forgiveness....

June 27, 2022 | by Miranda Marquit

What is the CSS Profile and how do I apply?

Like FAFSA, the CSS Profile evaluates your eligibility for financial aid – but in this...

March 30, 2022 | by Brittany Mailhot

Student loan repayment options

Compare different federal and private student loan repayment options and find the cheapest repayment plan...

March 21, 2022 | by Brittany Mailhot

Types of student loans: advantages, disadvantages, and how to apply

Student loans have always had a bad rap, yet remain a necessity for many students....

March 18, 2022 | by Brittany Mailhot

What is the Federal Pell Grant?

Federal Pell Grants are awarded to eligible students, typically from low income households. This grant...

January 28, 2022 | by Brittany Mailhot

How to write an effective scholarship essay

Although many people consider writing a good scholarship essay to be an art form, our...

January 26, 2022 | by Brittany Mailhot

How to apply for a scholarship

Each year millions of dollars in scholarships go unused. Learn about different scholarships and how...

January 24, 2022 | by Miranda Marquit

How to successfully apply for FAFSA

Navigate through the FASFA process with ease by checking out this helpful guide that outlines...

January 12, 2022 | by Miranda Marquit

What every student should know about college endowments

Students are the main beneficiaries of their school’s endowment at most colleges. Find out how...

December 24, 2021 | by Dr. Michael Nietzel

How to budget as a student

Budgeting as a student is no easy feat. Read our financial experts tips to saving...

November 23, 2021 | by Miranda Marquit

Calculating ROI – or the earning potential of a degree

By basing the choice of degree program and educational institution on return on investment (ROI)...

November 8, 2021 | by Dr. Michael Nietzel

How to start investing while still in college

Investing online has never been easier, but getting started can be intimidating. Smart investments in...

October 11, 2021 | by Miranda Marquit

Do you have to pay for a PhD?

It is standard for PhD students in psychology, social sciences, and many other fields to...

November 9, 2020 | by Will Bennis