Financial Aid

  • Introducing StraighterLine Partner College Scholarships

    Beth Dumbauld

    We are pleased to announce  StraighterLine Partner College Scholarships. Now, the more courses you take with StraighterLine, the more you save on your degree. Your Degree Is Now Up To 60%  More Affordable All our Participating Partner Colleges have designed scholarships and discounts especially for StraighterLine students to help cover the cost of tuition. The following universities currently participate in our scholarship program: American Military University Bellevue University Brandman University Charter Oak State College Colorado State University Global Campus Concordia University Excelsior College Indiana Tech Liberty University Online Mount Washington College Strayer University Tiffin University (*New S ...

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  • Before You Take Out Student Loans, Reduce Your Overall Cost of College

    Beth Dumbauld

    Think student loans can help you afford college? Think again. It’s a mistake to confuse access to financial tools, including student loans, with affordability. What is a financial tool? A student loan is a financial tool. A credit card is a financial tool. A check is a financial tool. Cash is a financial tool as well. Financial tools, as necessary as they are, are limited in purpose: A financial tool allows you to pay your college expenses. A financial tool can not change the overall cost of earning your college degree. Affordability (your overall cost of college) and your ability to graduate from college with a degree are far more in sync than your ability to take out student loans and your ability to graduate from coll ...

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  • How Much Will Your Student Loan Really Cost You?

    Barry Lenson

    You walk into your college’s financial aid office and fill out paperwork to borrow $14,000 at a 6% interest rate that you promise to repay over 10 years. The financial aid officer who helps you fill out the paperwork calculates that when you start to repay, you will write a monthly check for $155.40. You leave the financial aid office feeling pretty good. You can handle that monthly payment easily, so why worry? Maybe you shouldn’t feel so great, because you just signed up to pay $4,651.60 in interest on that loan. That’s another way of saying that you borrowed $14,000, but will need to pay back a total of $18,651.60. Bet you’re not feeling so good now. New StraighterLine Video Helps You Calculate the Real Cost of Borrowing ...

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  • Best Way to Cut College Costs: Borrow Just a Little, Save a Lot

    Barry Lenson

    If you want to save a bundle on your college education here’s a powerful tip for you . . . Borrow as little as possible to pay for it, because borrowing money is incredibly expensive For every $5,000 that you avoid borrowing at 6%, for example, you save about $100 a month to repay your loan.  But your monthly payment is only a small part of the story, as the following figures show. The Real Cost of Borrowing $20,000 at 6% Interest Let’s assume that you will be borrowing $20,000 to attend a public university in your state for one year. (You live in Ohio, for example, and will attend Ohio State.) If you borrow that money a 6% interest rate and take five years to pay it back, you’ll be paying back $23,199.60.  So your cost of b ...

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  • Why Adult Learners Should File the FAFSA

    Barry Lenson

    Many people believe that the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is something that only college students between the ages of 18 and 22 need to complete. Not so. If you are returning to college at any age and need financial assistance, you should fill out the FAFSA. Here‘s what you need to know. 1) The FAFSA Is for All Students While the FAFSA application asks for your age and lots of other information, everyone can apply. There’s no age cutoff. 2) The FAFSA Doesn’t Only Connect You to Government Loans and Grants Although you fill out the FAFSA application on a government website, it is also a tool that individual colleges use to evaluate your need for financial assistance.  So fill it out and check the box ...

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