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- Jan 27, 2017

If you’re interested in the best student loan repayment benefits, you’ll want to have Direct Loans. If you borrowed any federal student loans before July 2010, there’s a good chance that some or all of your federal student loans are not Direct Loans. But that doesn’t mean you can’t qualify for the best repayment benefits—you can. All you’ll need to do is consolidate.

To view full article, visit blog.ed.gov/2016/02/learn-the-secret-to-expanding-your-student-loan-repayment-benefits

- Jan 27, 2017

Exciting news! Want to compare student loan repayment plans, apply for a lower payment or consolidate your loans? You can now do it all on your mobile device.

To view full site, visit studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan

- Jan 27, 2017

When it comes to repaying your federal student loan, there’s a lot to consider. Understanding the details of repayment can save you time and money. Find out when repayment starts, how to make your payment, repayment plan options, what to do if you have trouble making payments, and more!

To view full article, visit studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans

- Dec 01, 2016

Need to fill out the FAFSA® but don’t know where to start? I’m here to help. Let’s walk through the process step by step...

To view the full article visit, http://blog.ed.gov/2016/09/8-steps-filling-fafsa/?utm_content=sf50869259&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=spredfast&utm_campaign=Federal&sf50869259=1.

- Dec 01, 2016

Although a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is the student’s responsibility, parents take a large role in the process when a student is determined to be dependent. If you’re getting ready to help your child apply for federal student aid on the 2016–17 FAFSA, here’s what you should be doing over the next few months...

To view the full article visit, http://blog.ed.gov/2015/12/parents-guide-completing-fafsa/

- Dec 01, 2016

As you are registering for classes please note that Federal Regulations require only coursework that counts toward your degree be used in determining your hours of enrollment for financial aid purposes. Courses taken that do not count towards your degree may require an adjustment to your cost of attendance and financial aid awards.

For example:
  • If you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant and enrolled in 12 hours and only 9 hours of the 12 hours are required for your degree, you will receive your Federal Pell Grant based on 9 hours. Your Federal Pell Grant payment will be reduced based on courses that apply to your degree program.
  • Federal Direct Loans for undergraduates require 6 hours of enrollment. If you are enrolled in 12 hours and only 3 hours of the 12 are required for your degree, you cannot receive a Federal Direct Loan.
See this link for a list of funds and their enrollment requirements.

Students in degree seeking programs are responsible for working with their advisors to ensure courses are degree applicable. Students may run a degree evaluation in the Howdy portal under the Degree Evaluations channel using the View Degree Evaluation link. A tutorial on degree evaluations can be found on the My Record tab. In order for minor coursework to be considered, you must have declared your minor with your academic advisor. Declared minors will appear in your degree evaluation.

Colleges and departments are responsible for guiding students through the degree evaluation process and should be the first point of contact with questions regarding course use in programs. Questions regarding courses counting towards your intended degree should be directed to your academic advisor. 

- Sep 20, 2016

There are two exciting changes coming to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA®) process this year.

To read more, visit blog.ed.gov/2016/08/2-major-fafsa-changes-need-aware/.

- Sep 19, 2016

You might have heard that the next FAFSA® will be available on October 1, 2016 as opposed to January 1, 2017. Well, it’s not a myth! If you (or your child) are planning to go to college during the 2017–18 academic year, you’ll want to make sure you have your facts straight. Check out the 7 myths about the FAFSA below.

To read the full article, visit blog.ed.gov/2016/09/7-myths-2017-18-fafsa/.

- Sep 19, 2016

Many college students are newbies at managing their own finances, making them attractive targets for a new type of phone scam that aims to steal their money and personal information.

To view the full article, visit finance.yahoo.com/news/scam-targets-college-students-130006628.html.

- Sep 12, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers against telephone scammers targeting students and parents during the back-to-school season and demanding payments for non-existent taxes, such as the “Federal Student Tax.”

To read the full article visit, irs.gov/uac/irs-warns-of-back-to-school-scams.

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