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[12 May 2009 | No Comment | 1 views]

It’s that time of year again – the end of the semester, graduation, and free stuff.
Lots of free stuff.
Take a look at your local Craigslist, especially if you live anywhere near a college or university. If you’re in the City of Boston, for example, you can’t sneeze without hitting a college.
Start looking through all the free listings in the area for items that might be of value to someone – furniture, electronics, etc. You’ll find, especially in larger cities, that there are plenty of students who are moving back home …

Miscellaneous, PLUS Loans, Podcast, Scholarships, Student Loans »

[10 Apr 2009 | 3 Comments | 1 views]

FAP906: Parent loans, tax refunds, free stuff, Black Lab
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Weekly Financial Aid Roundup
Breaking – the Department of Education has canceled PLUS loan auctions.
Through a notice in the Federal Register of March 3, 2009, the Department established an April 1, 2009 deadline for the submission of pre-qualification requests under the Competitive Loan Auction Pilot Program for Parent PLUS Loans, relating to loans to be made for loan periods beginning on or after July 1, 2009 and ending on or before June 30, 2011. In order for …

Financial Aid, Miscellaneous, Scholarships »

[9 Apr 2009 | 2 Comments | 1 views]

Daily Aid 111: How to increase your education tax refund
Student Financial Aid News
From NASFAA and the Seattle PI:
“In the wake of the governor’s proposal to raise college tuition by 30 percent over two years, University of Washington students and administrators are trying to find ways to blunt the financial impact on families,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. “One possible solution is federal money. The economic stimulus plan President Obama signed in February expanded tax credits to low- and middle-class families who are paying for higher education. ‘That’s the magical one,’ UW spokesman …

Miscellaneous, Student Loans »

[31 Mar 2009 | No Comment | 1 views]

Daily Aid 105: Yet another reason to oppose all-Direct Lending
Scholarship Update
Today is our drawing for a $10,000 scholarship. Even if you miss today’s, we’re doing another at the end of July. Apply now. It’s free.
Ranting and Raving
A little QQ, or complaining vocally, about a student loan servicing company, ACS, from me.
Dear ACS:
For the last 3 months, you’ve lost every payment I’ve sent to you, and what’s more, your customer service team’s ability to deal with it in a courteous, polite manner has been inexcusable. They’re not even …

Interview, Miscellaneous, Podcast, Saving Money »

[10 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 1 views]

FAP890: Expert interview with financial aid consultant Reecy Aresty
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In today’s interview, Reecy Aresty makes a return to the podcast with tips on moving around money for maximizing financial aid, a look at fixed equity indexed annuities, and much more.
Disclosure: neither Reecy nor I are certified financial planners or CPAs. With a lot of the more complex financial stuff he talks about, you will definitely want to hire a CPA to make sure you’re 100% in compliance with all federal, state, and local tax laws.
Learn …

Financial Aid, Miscellaneous, Podcast, Saving Money, Scholarships, Student Loans »

[5 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 1 views]

FAP889: Free Christmas Gifts, Financial Aid Roundup
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Financial Aid Roundup
MASFAA conference roundup parts 1 and 2.
Did you get our new FAFSA eBook?
Philadelphia loses a major scholarship.
Sunday Evening Financial Aid!
Scholarship Update
City of Philadelphia scholarships directory.
Eye on the Economy
Internships note
+ Saving vs. investing
Free Stuff Friday
+ Free reusable grocery bag
+ TiVo cookie cutter
+ Lipstock free lip cream conditioner, which consists of watermelon seed oil, organic avocado oil and organic shea butter
+ Free Dr. Dobbs magazine
+ Betty Crocker 2009 calendar
+ Feed it Forward: Give up to 3 free $10 …

Miscellaneous »

[27 Nov 2008 | No Comment | 1 views]

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, please consider this super-easy leftovers tip: whatever you don’t need, whatever’s extra, please donate to a local food pantry, soup kitchen, or homeless shelter. Even just an extra can of cranberry sauce or can of coffee makes a difference, and it’s so easy to do.
Don’t know where the nearest one is? Use this Google Maps query. Go to maps.google.com and type:
food pantry near your town, your state / zip code
food pantry near 02169
food pantry near Quincy, MA
You might want to call ahead and ask …

Miscellaneous »

[18 Nov 2008 | No Comment | 1 views]

Over dinner with Professor Mark Frydenberg of Bentley University, the topic came up about how new media could be used as part of a senior project. Here’s an idea I’d love to throw out to other college seniors and students to see what you think. We know new media is powerful. You have unparalleled access to some of the smartest people in the world, some of the most well connected. At the same time, as a college senior, you’re looking to do something to make your mark on the world …

FAFSA, Miscellaneous »

[22 Oct 2008 | No Comment | 1 views]

Daily Aid 28: FAFSA Secrets and Hidden Traps
A special blog post while I’m on the road to Arizona for a couple of days off – and yes, vacation for me is doing public speaking! I’ve been working on the 2009-2010 FAFSA guide for the coming year over the past week or so, learning the ins and outs of IRS tax code, the new draft FAFSA (which won’t be finalized until November), and a bunch of stuff that goes with it all. Some interesting lessons I’ve picked up so far:

FAFSA, Miscellaneous, Saving Money, Scholarships »

[10 Sep 2008 | No Comment | 1 views]

Daily Aid 6: Warren Buffett, FDIC, student loan settlements, savings bonds
Student Financial Aid News
New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo settled with Nelnet (ticker: NNI), Campus Door (ticker: LEH), GMAC Bank (ticker: GMAC), NextStudent, Xanthus Financial Services, EduCap, and Graduate Loan Associates for $1.5 million in a lawsuit against deceptive student loan marketing practices.
From the Wall Street Journal:
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (ticker: BRKA) has told one of its subsidiaries to stop insuring bank deposits above the amount guaranteed by the federal government, dealing a fresh blow to the financial-services …