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 FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, isn’t difficult to fill out, but certain errors could have a big impact on your eligibility for financial aid. 

Here are 11 mistakes to avoid. 

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An important distinction when filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is whether to file as a dependent or independent student. Which one are you? Your choice could have a big impact on how much aid you receive.

Why is that? Because the more income you report on your FAFSA, the less aid you'll receive. 

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Can we all agree that college is expensive enough? By the time you cover tuition and fees, you've probably already shelled out thousands of dollars. Add in room and board and other expenses and your total price tag can shoot up quickly.

So listen, do yourself a favor and make sure that you're not spending money more than you need to, or worse, leaving money on the table that could help reduce your student loan debt. Here's what you need to know.

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It's probably not a newsflash that  women are still largely outnumbered by their male counterparts in science and engineering.

What might be news: More colleges and employers are making it a priority to get women into STEM fieldsand they're making financial investments to back that up. That means there are ever-growing options for female students who are hunting for scholarships. Here's how to find that sweet "free money" to help fund your STEM education. 

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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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