It’s Not Too Late! How To Painlessly Change Your College Major

Even though choosing a college major is a big decision, many schools require you to declare your major right away or after your first year. This is going to impact your future course requirements and set you up for life after college. However, not all college majors are going to work well for you.

And if you find that after a couple of years you’ve headed down the wrong path, what do you do? Read more

Tips on How To Pay For Your Dream School

Congrats! You’ve been accepted into your dream school. All your worries and fears that you wouldn’t get in are behind you. Now you just have to concern yourself with how to pay for your education. I remember the happiness of being accepted at the school of my dreams and how quickly reality set in on how was I going to afford it.

I have some DIY tips to share that you can use to make your dream college fit your real budget. Read more

Changes to FAFSA and What To Do About It

Filling out the FAFSA is frustrating under the best circumstances. While I was excited about some of the ways the application process was made easier this past fall (“Get ready to apply for the FAFSA“), it looks like some of the tools to make life easier actually got harder in the past month. If you’re attending (or applying to) college in one of the states where the FAFSA deadline has already passed, or if you already completed the application: congratulations! You’re done and don’t have to worry.

Get the latest on the new FAFSA changes. (Credit: Iowa State Daily)

Get the latest on the new FAFSA changes. (Credit: Iowa State Daily)

For the rest of us who tend to put things off until the last minute, plan to set some time aside, pull together your parents’ 2015 IRS paperwork, and get ready to manually enter all that data into the FAFSA. The Data Retrieval Tool, which allowed students to grab that data and fill it out almost instantly, has gone down with no revival date in site. Read more

Student loan debt: 5 common mistakes college students make

As an undergrad, I relied on loans to help me pay for my education. If you are a college student you probably have some amount of student loan debt facing you after graduation—hopefully less than I did! Handling that so it doesn’t affect your financial security for the rest of your life is obviously not something you want to obsess about, but odds are strong that you are anyway.

Read on for how to avoid some of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to handling their student loan debt. Read more

Changes to FAFSA 2017-18: Here’s what you need to know

If you are like most college students, you have some student aid to help you pay for your higher education. FAFSA, aka the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, has undergone some changes this year.

I’ve got the fast facts to help you with all the things you need to know so your college expenses get covered. Read more

Get ready to apply for the FAFSA

It’s that time of year again–your free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) can be filed. It seems earlier than before, right? That’s because this year, there’s an earlier filing date for the FAFSA: the application window opened October 1st. Don’t worry, the application deadline is still way off, but it’s a good thing to check on, because there are FAFSA deadlines at the federal, state, and even college level. (Colleges are being encouraged to set the deadline no earlier than February.)

I know it can be a hassle to apply for federal aid–I needed it for all four years of undergrad–but with some of the new tools, including the handy IRS Data Retrieval tool, the whole process is getting easier. Read more

Top 4 scams for college students to avoid

College is a time to learn, try new things and find your own identity. Unfortunately, others are seeking your identity, too. College students are vulnerable to all sorts of scams and types of identity theft. Just at a time in life when you’re starting to build a good credit score, scammers can derail your plans.

One of the most common is the student loan forgiveness scam, but there are plenty of other ways that students can get ripped off. Read more

Free tuition at public universities? Hillary Clinton says yes

Many millennials were supporting Bernie Sanders in his bid for the democratic nomination because of his stance on offering free tuition at public universities and colleges. With Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee, these same people were feeling disappointment, thinking their hopes for a college education without giant amounts of student loan debt had been dashed.

Do you think free tuition is a real possibility? (Credit: Plexuss)

Do you think free tuition is a real possibility? (Credit: Plexuss)

But not so fast, I have some exciting news! The Clinton campaign announced that they now have a free tuition plan, too. But how does it stack up to Bernie’s plan? Let’s see, shall we? Read more

Student debt relief is available for federal student loans

If you’re worried about how you’ll pay off your federal student loans, then I’ve got good news for you. On April 28, 2016, President Obama “crashed” a press conference with some breaking news for college students. Within the next year, 2 million more people will be enrolled in the Pay As You Earn program.

Find out more about student debt relief. (Credit: Tyler Kingkade, Huffington Post)

Find out more about student debt relief. (Credit: Tyler Kingkade, Huffington Post)

The program will help some borrowers with federal student loans by capping their monthly loan payments. The President also promised other future announcements that will help ease the burden of student debt. Read more

Paying for college: Are small scholarships worth the essay?

It’s common knowledge: apply for scholarships and you’ll be better able to afford college, right? Certainly, large scholarships are the best ones to receive: $10k or $25k off of that $70k per year college bill makes a huge difference in the amount you have to cover. I wonder now if I should have applied for more scholarships–even small ones that would cover my books (or groceries!)–to limit the amount of debt I’m leaving college with.

Let us help you decide which scholarships to apply for. (Credit:

Let us help you decide which scholarships to apply for. (Credit:

For high school seniors or returning students looking for tips on paying for college, consider whether it’s worth applying for a small scholarship, especially if it requires a brand new scholarship essay. Read more