Posts Tagged ‘financial aid’

My Loans are How Much?!

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

When I was starting college and filling out financial aid, I was happy that I was even offered enough loans to cover college. I’m the first in my family to go to college and we were low-income. So, I accepted all my Stafford loans offered to me; sometimes I even was offered an additional Stafford loan, due to my parents’ rejection for a Parent Plus Loan. A few days ago I realized I haven’t finished my exit loan counseling. I remember getting a little paper slip about it during the graduation fair, however… my mind just blanked on doing it. Or how to even do it. I finally started doing it; but I was shocked! I took about $30,000 out in federal loans. According to the loan repayment calculator I had to do, I will be paying roughly $42,000 over 10 years! That’s $400-600 a month it calculated. WHAT????

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5 Myths about College

Monday, June 5th, 2017

You hear a lot about college. These things influence how you think about college. Regardless if you decide to attend a private or public, big or small, near or far college these five myths are sure to come up.

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I Won a Scholarship!

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Imagine Courtney, stressed and exhausted at the end of the semester. A scholarship email appears in her inbox, she decides to apply… 3 days before it’s due. Courtney scatters to finish it on time, feeling slightly satisfied in her work but also really wants to go to bed before 2:30 am.

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Scholarship Season

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

As a high school senior, you’re always thinking of how to fund school. You go to your high school’s scholarship night, you apply to a million generalized scholarships, get financial aid, all that good, wonderful stuff. People always forget once you’re in college you can still get scholarships! I won one from high school last year that was $1000. Last night I spent a majority of my time looking up scholarships and brainstorming how to present myself in them. I always used to think finding scholarships for college students was hard – I was wrong! I found five I’ll be applying to. Some even were specific to juniors and seniors. I’ve got a good arsenal of recommendation letters and leadership roles under my belt, let’s see how this goes!

Financial Aid Package

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

So me, the nervous wreck about paying for college, finally got her financial aid package last week! It was sitting on the table for when I got home from Upward Bound. I’ve been so nervous because my being able to pay for school depends on one or two thousand dollars varying I receive or don’t receive in financial aid. Thankfully, this year, I actually got an extra $1000 for my Minnesota State Grant thanks to my FAFSA. Plus the fact I’m not getting a meal plan and Kerst is cheaper than living in the Suites, even though I have less outside scholarships this year, it still evened out to the same amount I needed to take out in loans, which is covered perfectly by Stafford loans. Whew!