Some college students might justify a slip in their grades by saying a 2.2 GPA student earns the same degree as 3.8 GPA student. But getting decent college grades matters. In fact, earning at least average grades is one part of making “satisfactory academic progress” (SAP), a key element of financial aid eligibility. So if you’re … Continued

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There’s nothing like your first-ever paycheck to teach you about the reality of taxes. And as we get older, the many ways our money goes to the government become even more apparent. But what about college scholarships? Surely the money you received to pay for your education can’t be taxed, right? The truth is, it could be. To find … Continued

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While many colleges will soon send bills for this fall’s tuition, most won’t expect payment until late summer. That gives college-bound students and their families time to finalize financial aid details. Here are six basic, but crucial, things to know about using student loans, scholarships and more to pay for college. 1. When I take … Continued

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