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How to Save on Out-of-State Tuition

By: Katie Wornek, UHEAA Public colleges and universities in the United States operate on budgets that are partially provided by their respective state’s legislature. Since state taxpayers are already contributing to these colleges and universities, students who are state residents pay a lower tuition rate than students attending from out-of-state. Private colleges do not operate

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4 Steps for Maintaining A Good Relationship With Your Loan Servicer

By: Katie Wornek, UHEAA If you’re approaching graduation or considering dropping below half-time enrollment, you will soon be held responsible for paying back any federal student loans you borrowed, which means you will be working closely with your loan servicer. A loan servicer is a company responsible for billing, collections, and other services associated with

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6 Awesome College Money Habits That Will Save Your Wallet

By: Bryan Lee, UHEAA Pursing post-secondary education is NOT just about getting your degree or diploma. College is a great time to develop different habits such as how you budget your time, budget your money and much more. Today, I want to share some money saving habits that you can learn while you’re in college that will help you throughout

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Know Before You Borrow

By: Bryan Lee, UHEAA You know that your choice to go to college is an important decision for your future. It will open opportunities for your life. By understanding what you’ll make after you graduate you can make good decisions about your finances while you’re in school. Just like you wouldn’t start building a house

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What Grants Are Available?

By: Bryan Lee, UHEAA Federal Grants Federal Pell Grant (PELL) — The Federal Pell Grant (PELL) is financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund). Pell grants usually are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree. You are not eligible

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Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs on or off campus for students who demonstrate financial need. The program allows you to earn money to help pay educational expenses and also encourages community service work and work related to your course of study.   Apply for the Federal Work-Study Program by checking the “I am interested in

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Why You Should File the FAFSA

By: Bryan Lee, UHEAA The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be the first thing you do if you’re looking for financial aid to pay for your education. Think of the FAFSA as the gateway to financial aid. It’s the only way to apply for ALL federal and most states’ financial aid, including Pell grants, Work-study,

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Pause Payments: Deferment

By: Bryan Lee, UHEAA Eligibility for deferment depends on your situation and the terms of your student loan. Deferment may allow you to temporarily postpone your monthly payments. Make sure to find out if your lender requires you to pay interest during the postponed period. If you have a Federal Perkins Loan, Direct Subsidized loan, and/or

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Comparing Student Loans

By: Bryan Lee, UHEAA Attending college is an investment in your future success. There are a lot of options to help pay for college. You can use grants, scholarships, work study and even student loans. When comparing student loans there’s a lot to think about. We’ve put together these six questions for you to ask when applying for

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After the FAFSA

By: Jacob Newman, UHEAA After you’ve filed your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), there are important steps to follow. The college or university that you are attending might contact your through your student portal or your email, so be sure to check both frequently. Following these steps will ensure that you are prepared

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FAFSA Verification 101

By Katie Wornek, UHEAA What is verification? When you complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you provide personal and financial information that is used to calculate what is called your “Expected Family Contribution” or EFC. Your EFC helps determine the types and amount of Federal Student Aid (grants, federal work-study,

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Who Is My Parent On The FAFSA?

By: Katie Wornek, UHEAA The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application you must submit to be considered for all forms of federal student aid (grants, work-study, and student loans). Some states and colleges also use the FAFSA to decide how to distribute the money in their student aid budgets. The FAFSA

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