Posts by Libby Miller

Libby Miller is a freelance copywriter. With experience working in both financial aid and the student loan industry, Libby loves helping students and their families get the best bang for their buck on a college degree.
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The most affordable way to earn a bachelor's degree is pretty simple: Start at a community college and then transfer to a public, in-state school. Oh, and live at home if you can. 

This may not be the sexiest option you can imagine, but with ever-soaring tuition costs, it just might be the most sensible path. Your future self will thank you for not going into massive debt to fund your education.

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Pell Grants are one of the most sought-after forms of financial aid. They are awarded by the federal government and can be worth up to $6,345 for the 2020-2021 school year. Yet, there is a lot of confusion about who qualifies and for how much. 

Let's dive into the top five myths about Pell Grants, so that you can get ALL the grant money you may be entitled to. 

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College is expensive enough. Don’t make it pricier than it has to be by making choices about financial aid, classes, and college living that increase your costs even more. 

Here are nine tips to help prevent simple, but expensive mistakes that can increase your college debt:

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Believe it or not, working while going to college may have benefits other than the obvious financial ones. There's good evidence that juggling a job while seeking your degree can actually boost your GPA. 

Here's what you need to know.

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When you get your financial aid award letter, your eyes may automatically scroll down to the bottom line—but that is a mistake. 

Why? Because most financial aid award letters fail to give you the complete picture. 

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You may have thought your financial aid award letter would answer one burning question: how much does this school cost? But, as you may have noticed, many schools don’t include the cost of tuition in financial aid award letters. 

On top of that, your financial aid allocations can be ... confusing. Can you imagine buying anything else in life without knowing the price, or what kind of discount you might be receiving? Probably not. 

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