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If you're worried about how you will pay for college during the COVID-19 pandemic, you're not alone. Students and families are concerned about the college financial ramifications as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and higher education institutions are anticipating an increase in students' financial aid need, as well as a large number of college financial aid appeals. Fortunately, there are ample options and resources to help you pay for college these coming semesters. Explore the various options to find out which works best for your situation - from scholarship deadline extensions to relief provided through the CARES Act and more.

Paying for College during Coronavirus

June 26, 2020 3:48 PM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
If you're worried about how you will pay for college during the COVID-19 pandemic, you're not alone. Students and families are concerned about the college financial ramifications as a result of the
A month ago, it may have felt that the only thing in deficit at the store were toilet paper rolls. Now, as people's routine grooming schedules have been put on hold, many are taking matters into their own hands by becoming at-home stylists. With clippers being one of the newer hot items, it brings a newfound appreciation and begs the question: How has the coronavirus impacted beauty schools and its cosmetology students? Fortunately, they're all in for a financial makeover.

Stimulus Aid for Beauty Schools, Cosmetology Students

April 23, 2020 11:21 AM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
A month ago, it may have felt that the only thing in deficit at the store were toilet paper rolls. Now, as people's routine grooming schedules have been put on hold, many are taking matters into
Negotiations and proposals for an economic stimulus package are being mulled over by lawmakers, ones that will ultimately affect school and education funding. Currently, student-loan borrowers are able enter forbearance on their student loans for 60 days without accruing interest. The U.S. Department of Education will also suspend student loan payments by borrowers who are over 31 days delinquent. The White House has already announced that it will waive the interest on federal student loan payments. Here are some of the recent developments in proposed relief for students, colleges and universities as part of the COVID-19 stimulus plan:

Coronavirus Stimulus Package: Higher Ed Edition

March 24, 2020 11:51 AM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
Negotiations and proposals for an economic stimulus package are being mulled over by lawmakers, ones that will ultimately affect school and education funding. Currently, student-loan borrowers are
The U.S. Department of Education's StudentAid.gov website debuted a variety of new tools, including a personalized loan simulator, new alert and notification system, and aid summary tool. These enhancements are some of the first of several upgrades to the website that will roll out in 2020, delivering on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' promise to modernize and personalize the customer experience with federal student aid, according to the news release. Here are the latest tools released and what they mean:

StudentAid.gov Debuts New Online Tools

February 25, 2020 10:59 AM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
The U.S. Department of Education's StudentAid.gov website debuted a variety of new tools, including a personalized loan simulator, new alert and notification system, and aid summary tool. These
Dozens of suburban Chicago families have been using a legal loophole to help their children get need-based college financial aid and scholarships. By their parents' forfeiting legal guardianship, students are able to declare financial independence so they qualify for federal, state and university financial aid.

Parents Giving Up Guardianship for College Cash?

July 30, 2019 9:24 AM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
Dozens of suburban Chicago families have been using a legal loophole to help their children get need-based college financial aid and scholarships. By their parents' forfeiting legal guardianship,
Across the nation, nearly 20 states offer statewide free college programs in an effort to increase the number of students attending college. The hope is that five years from now, we would expect that a majority of the states in the country would have free college tuition, and that would be a tipping point. States including Tennessee, Arkansas, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, Oregon and Rhode Island have already rolled out statewide free community-college programs, and more are expected to follow.

College "Free for All" in Almost 20 States!

January 8, 2019 4:15 PM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
Across the nation, nearly 20 states offer statewide free college programs in an effort to increase the number of students attending college. The hope is that "five years from now, we would expect
Southern Bancorp Inc., the Ross Foundation and Murphy Oil Corp. are investing millions on Promise Scholarships which offer to pay college tuition and fees for most Arkansas high school graduates from specific geographic regions. Arkansas is joining a number of other states which have enacted legislation for a promise program, including New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Montana, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Nevada.

Promise Scholarship Programs Offer Hope in Several States

August 21, 2018 1:47 PM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
Southern Bancorp Inc., the Ross Foundation and Murphy Oil Corp. are investing millions on Promise Scholarships which offer to pay college tuition and fees for most Arkansas high school graduates from
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