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Articles for High School Students

Resources for College Planning

Many parents and students know they should make a plan for college or other options after high school, but knowing exactly where and how to start is another issue. Here are some common questions and the resources to help you answer them.

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How to Get a Student Loan

When borrowing for college, researching options and knowing what to expect can help ensure responsible borrowing for college.

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Choosing a College: Consider Costs

Cost of attendance is often the biggest factor in choosing a college, but the affordability of any particular college or university can be difficult to determine.

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6 Tips for Staying Sharp During Break

Don’t let your time away from the classroom impact all that you have been learning. Stay sharp by engaging your mind in different activities.

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Prepare to File for Financial Aid

Whether you are planning to enter college for the first time next fall or are returning for another term, securing financial aid means filing your FAFSA.

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Minimize Your Student Loan Debt: Declining Awarded Student Loans

Colleges sometimes include the maximum available federal student and parent loans on financial aid award letters, but it’s not always clear that students don’t need to accept the full amount of all loans.

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10 Things You Need to Complete the FAFSA

Before you start to fill out the FAFSA, make sure you have these items available if they are applicable to you.

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FAFSA: What You Need to Know

Here are answers to some of the most important questions about the FAFSA.

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6 Steps to Choosing a College

The time to choose a college is approaching, but the wide variety of options can make it hard to know which ones you should seriously consider. These six steps can help.

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Know Which Student Loans Are Right for You

Learn about the different types of student loans, both federal and private, to help choose the best option for your financial situation.

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Know the Difference: Types of Financial Aid

The variety of college funding sources often leads to confusion as students and parents plan for college. This financial aid primer can help you sort out and compare financial aid options.

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What Your Award Letter Doesn’t Tell You

Don’t forget to plan for expenses like these when estimating your cost of college attendance. Having a clear idea of all your expenses upfront will allow you to better plan how you will pay for college.

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Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Package

While college acceptance letters are often exciting, the arrival of financial aid award packages can be confusing. Keep these five things in mind as you review your financial aid awards to limit stress.

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Scholarship Tips for High School Students

Gain insights on where to find scholarships for high school students, in addition to tips for writing the perfect scholarship essay.

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Tips for Landing a Scholarship (Infographic)

As you enter your last few months of high school, the pressure’s on to figure out how to pay for the next stage of your education. Improve your chances of landing scholarship funds with these tips.

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How to Manage Scholarship Applications

Even though it may seem like you don’t need to add to your to-do list, a couple of simple tricks can help you feel less anxious about scholarship results.

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Here's What You Need to Know Before Applying for a Student Loan

Before filling out loan applications, consider future repayment for any loans. Here’s what you need to know.

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Maximizing Summer Earnings for College

If you’re planning to work this summer to offset some of your college expenses, consider these tips.

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Maximize Your Graduation Money

From $50-$5,000, we broke down different ways to make the most of monetary gifts you receive at your high school graduation that will better help you prepare for college.

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To-Do: College Prep

As you quickly approach your freshman year at college, take some time to be ready for your new independence.

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Making the Most of Your Senior Year

Use this checklist if you’re planning to go to college after you graduate from high school, you may find yourself overwhelmed as you try to prepare for next year and enjoy this one at the same time.

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How Much Should You Save for College?

Use these tips to determine how much you want to save for college costs.

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Financially Preparing for College: What to Think About When Making a Budget

Follow these 5 steps as you create and maintain your budget throughout your time in college.

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Tool Helps Borrowers Make Good Decisions About Loans

The College Funding Forecaster is a free, online tool designed to help borrowers make good decisions about borrowing student loans.

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Getting Back in the Habit (Infographic)

The first few days of a new school year can be a big adjustment after your summer break. Help yourself get back into the school routine by preparing now with these tips.

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9 Reasons for Getting Involved

Opportunities to become involved in extracurricular activities, athletics, and work activities abound. Here are nine reasons high school students should take advantage of at least a few of those opportunities.

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Building Time Management Skills

Students of all ages need good time management skills to balance school, homework, activities, family responsibilities and just having fun.

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Financial Basics for High School Students

High schoolers, make sure you understand these financial basics to avoid future money problems.

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Crossing the Line: Improve Academic Standing for Financial Aid

Did you know that a small margin can sometimes push you over the line for eligibility, or even for higher awards, for scholarships?

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Smart Scheduling for College

You might think the freedom to spend your time however you want in college sounds great. But if you don’t budget your time wisely, you may struggle academically.

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Tips to Study Smarter

It’s easy to say “study smarter,” but how do you actually accomplish that? Try out some of these tips to up your studying game.

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High Schoolers: Start Saving Today

Whether you’re planning on college next year or just starting your freshman year in high school, you can take steps to save money today that will help you with college costs in the future.

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Save Now or Pay More Later

When planning for education after high school, saving instead of borrowing for college has one simple but very important advantage: It will cost you less money.

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Explore Careers and Starting Salaries

Do you know how much college graduates can expect to make in their first job? ISL Education Lending offers this information, along with other related career information.

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Comparing Options After High School

The options for education and training after high school can be confusing. Here is a comparison of the most common routes for recent high school graduates.

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What to Ask During a College Visits

A visit to a college campus is a great way to familiarize yourself with the overall atmosphere on campus and see what daily life there may be like.

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Researching a College Before Visiting

Many of the most common questions people look for when researching a college can be answered by looking at the school website or other sources.

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Beyond the Basics of Choosing a College

When choosing a college or university, you may benefit from asking more than the standard questions.

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6 Things to Know Before You Apply to College

The time to choose a college is approaching, but the wide variety of options can make it hard to know which ones you should seriously consider. These six steps can help.

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Addressing Financial Aid Myths

Don’t be tempted by common myths to skip completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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7 Tips for a Strong Admissions Essay

If the colleges you are applying to require one, your admissions esay gives you have a chance to show admissions officers that you are more than your grades and test scores.

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4 Reasons to Apply to Multiple Colleges

There is no right number when it comes to how many applications to complete, but applying to multiple colleges is universally recommended for many reasons.

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Understanding Family Contributions

An integral part of the college financial aid process is an expected family contribution, or EFC. This number is the basis for the amount of financial aid made available to a student.

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Building Good Credit as a Student

You've likely heard before that as a young adult you need to build good credit. Use these tips to do just that.

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Before the Next Big Step: What to Do After Graduation

Undecided about your future? Here are some suggestions for what to do until you're able to take the next big step.

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5 Tips for Cutting Costs

If one of your goals is to reduce expenses so you have more to save or spend on essentials, these five tips to cut costs can help, regardless of what you usually spend money on or where you shop.

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Save Money on College Supplies

Use these tips to save money as you prepare for your first semester of college.

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10 Budget Tips for Spring Break (Infographic)

Spring break can mean fun, sun and no worries, unless you blow your budget. Use these tips to help you stay on track during break and save your money for your education.

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Dine on a Dime: 8 Budget Tips for Dining During Spring Break

Food and drinks can be among the most expensive parts of any trip, and visiting a popular destination for spring break is no different.

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15 Ideas for Making Money During Winter Break

Put your down time on winter break to good use with a part time job. Here's 15 ways to you can make money over your break.

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10 Ways to Get Fit for Free (Infographic)

A common goal is often to lose weight, get in shape or otherwise improve health. And good news, you have many options to get fit for free.

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Understanding Loans: Supplemental Private Student Loans

What is a private student loan exactly? Learn about cosigners, interest rates, fees, and benefits, in addition to interest charges and repayment plans.

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Understanding Loans: Reduce Loan Costs

The easiest way to reduce any student loan costs is by eliminating loans completely or by borrowing a minimal amount. Here's how you can reduce your need for student loans.

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Understanding Loans: Credit Scores and Loans

Learn the importance of credit scores and how they affect student loan interest rates. Don't forget about the impact of poor credit.

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Understanding Loans: Student Loans and Interest

Student loans are different than car loans and mortgages because the majority of student loans allow you to defer repayment while you're attending school on at least a half-time basis.

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