Financial Aid

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4 ways the CSS Profile differs from the FAFSA

By Tamara KrauseLooking for free money for college? If so, you’ll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® (CSS PROFILE), or in some cases both. Why? These wonderful little forms are your [...]

How to write a financial aid appeal letter

Have you had some issues over the last semester that may have caused your grades to slip? Maybe, you were battling an illness or helping a sick family member. If you have received notification from your college financial aid office that your fundi [...]

Spring Break on a budget

Thousands of college students are enjoying Spring Break this month and next, but not everyone can afford a trip to Cancun or a ski vacation in Vail. If you're a student with a bank account that is running on empty, here's some good news. We have f [...]

7 unusual jobs for college students

Does the thought of working at McDonald's or Taco Bell make you cringe? Are you tired of stocking shelves at your local retail store? It may be time to consider some alternative ways to make a buck this semester. Use your creativity and special sk [...]

How to get the best Black Friday deals

This year, the Black Friday deals are hitting the shelves even before people have had a chance to sit down and enjoy their Thanksgiving meal. Retailers are luring us out of the kitchen and off the couch with rock-bottom prices on some very desirab [...]

5 Strange Scholarships But True

If you think applying for scholarships is hard work and not a lot of fun, you obviously have never stumbled across any of these weird scholarships. But, unlike other strange award lists, these programs aren't for calling ducks or having the last n [...]

5 deadly sins of college spending

Some college expenses are unavoidable; no matter where you go, you're bound to be paying for it in one way or another. Fortunately, some expenses can be reduced or even avoided.  You just need to learn how to say 'no' and steer clear of temptation [...]