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The FAFSA Questions You'll See on Your Financial Aid Form


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You worked your butt off through high school. You studied for every test, turned in every extra credit assignment, and even got yourself an online tutor. So, you deserve to go to the college of your dreams. The only problem: College isn't cheap.

Maybe your family can't afford to help you pay for your dream school. And maybe you're looking at the cost of college, thinking about the loans you'll have to repay, and wondering if it's worth it. Let us assure you, it is.

According to the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, people in their 20s who have a bachelor's degree earn 47% more than people who only have a high school degree. During their lifetime, people with a bachelor's degree earn 73% more. And college grads are 3.5 times less likely to live in poverty.

So, if you want to set yourself up for a more comfortable future, the best decision you can make is to attend college — even if that means taking out student loans. And the first type of loan you should apply for is a federal student loan. Federal student loans have a lower interest rate than private student loans. And you don't need to start repaying federal loans until six months after you graduate, which gives you time to find a job.

To qualify for student loans, you'll need to apply by filling out the FAFSA.

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Stumped at School? 5 Signs You Need a Tutor


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You might be having a hard time mastering some math concepts that you need to know to get to the next level. Or perhaps your chemistry class is just not clicking. Maybe you just want to learn more about a topic that won't be covered in your current classes. If any of this sounds familiar, you just might need a tutor.

While many people think of tutors as a tool for struggling learners, there are many other reasons why someone might benefit from working with a tutor. Still, the decision to get a tutor is one you should consider carefully. We’ll review five key questions that will help you make a decision.

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How To Apply for Financial Aid: A Guide for Students and Families


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There’s no denying that higher education is a serious investment. High school students who dream of going to college may feel like attending college is out of reach financially, especially if they’d like to attend a four-year institution.

Fortunately, the federal government has an office of financial aid that offers a multitude of scholarships, grants, and other funding sources that can significantly reduce college costs. Since the aid process can be overwhelming and confusing, we’re making it easy. Here’s how to apply for financial aid to make the price of college more affordable.

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How To Hire an Econ Tutor Who Can Help You Make the Grade

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One part social science, one part mathematics, economics can stretch any student’s abilities. Add to that the many subtopics — game theory, political economy, corporate finance, econometrics, and so on — and navigating your economics courses can require you to fumble through a labyrinth of niche subject matter.

With the right economics tutor, however, you can master this complex subject and use it to do anything from developing a business to solving a social problem.

But finding the right econ tutor is key. The right tutor can ignite your enthusiasm for the subject while the wrong one can leave you snoozing into your textbook. So, here's what to consider before signing up for your first tutoring session.

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Summer Learning Loss: 3 Ways to Stay Sharp During Vacation


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For many students, the school year is long and mentally draining. When the summer months approach and the final day of classes gets out, thoughts of studies are quickly replaced by barbecues, beach trips, and busy days with friends.

Taking a break from school is healthy, but prolonged time off can result in summer learning loss. This can increase the achievement gap and make it harder for students to keep up in their grade level when the new school year starts, especially if they're already struggling.

Here's a look at what summer learning loss is, why it’s especially important in our era, and how to prevent it.

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