5 Things to Consider When Picking a College in the COVID-19 Era

Colleges have faced innumerable challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. And the way they’ve responded to those issues should influence how prospective students evaluate them. Online learning, strict campus rules and lingering economic concerns have left many students wondering if their college investment will be worthwhile. As a result, fall 2020 enrollment declined by 2.5% — … Continued

What to Do When Your First Student Loan Payment Is Due

The first student loan bills are arriving for the Class of 2019. If the grads are able to stick to the standard plan, they’ll make payments every month for the next 10 years and be done with it. But not all borrowers will knock out their loans so quickly. Among federal loan borrowers who began … Continued

4 Places to Find Last-Minute Scholarships

Only a few weeks — or maybe even days — remain until college campuses reopen, but there may still be time to get a scholarship and reduce the amount of student loans you have to borrow. Here are four resources to find a scholarship to help pay for college before classes begin. 1. Your college’s financial … Continued

College Resources for Students with Disabilities: Best Colleges, Gov’t Programs, Scholarships & Helpful Apps

People with disabilities are a diverse and vibrant community, making up nearly one-fifthof the US population. Yet, they face unique struggles when it comes to accessing postsecondary education. People with disabilities of all kinds tend to attend and graduate college at far lower rates than people who do not have disabilities. According to a 2015 report from the … Continued

Ask Brianna: Is 4-Year College Right for You?

“Ask Brianna” is a column for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com. Americans want to believe that … Continued

Is Online College for You? Answer 5 Questions to Find Out

Amelia Roberts, a nurse in Washington, D.C., knew she needed to return to college for a bachelor’s degree if she wanted to win a care coordinator position at her hospital. But attending college on a campus wasn’t a practical option for her. “I was in the workforce, so traveling to a class in the evening … Continued

Why Some Students Quit College — and How They Can Finish

Growing up in Cookeville, Tennessee, a university town about 80 miles east of Nashville, Hayley Furcean was determined to be the first college graduate in her family. “I’ve always been the smart kid,” she says. After graduating from high school in 2008, she earned a full academic scholarship for her first year at Tennessee Technological … Continued

How Acing the PSAT Can Lead to Scholarship Money

If you’re like most high schoolers, you probably think of the PSAT as a practice run for the SAT. But this test actually has some pretty high stakes of its own. In fact, its full name is the PSAT/NMSQT, or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. If you get a top score on the test, you … Continued

How to Ace Your Transfer to a 4-Year College

Transferring from community college to a university should be as simple as basic math: Two years at the first school plus two years at the second equals a bachelor’s degree. But the equation is often more complicated. Many students’ classes don’t transfer correctly, and they have to spend extra time and tuition dollars finishing their … Continued

How Bad Grades Could Put Your Financial Aid on the Chopping Block

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