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The Hidden Costs of A College Education

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Some families get a huge sticker shock when they start looking into the cost of a college education. There are so many factors to consider; are you going to a two-year college or a four-year university? Will it be a public or private school? Will you have any type of financial assistance or will you be fully responsible for the costs? But, even once you narrow these questions down, there are still more questions to answer… and the answers can affect your TOTAL college cost in a big way.

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Looking for Ways to Reduce Your Tuition Bill?

College is a time for academic challenges, personal growth and professional opportunities; unfortunately, many students feel their time at college is often overshadowed by their looming tuition bill. According to USA Today, student debt was at $1.2 trillion in 2015 and has continued to grow as tuition and associated fees continue to rise. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to cut down on those costs and make the most of your college experience.

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Hit The Road! Saving Money on College Tours

College visits are an important step in the college selection process. Visiting potential schools can be very exciting, but unfortunately, these trips can also be expensive. Luckily, there are ways to make the most of your experience while not emptying your wallet.

Start Early

Sophomore year is not too early to start looking at schools.  If you start looking early, you can spread out the time and expenses involved in touring multiple campuses.

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Five Things to Know About Financial Aid

According to the College Board’s 2017 Trends in Higher Education report, the cost of tuition for a four-year public college or university weighs in at just under $10,000— a price tag that comes as a surprise to many families. Luckily, there are billions of dollars in federal financial aid available to North Carolinian students.

CFNC’s regional representative, Sarita Broadway highlights the top five things both parents and students should know when it comes to applying and evaluating federal financial aid offers.

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Building a Future with FAFSA

 

CFNC helps make higher education a possibility for every student with personalized financial aid assistance and scholarship opportunities. Watch as Princess Collins, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, shares how she paved her way to success by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and taking advantage of CFNC scholarships.

If you need help paying for higher education expenses, file the FAFSA and secure your future.

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FAFSA: Separating Fact from Fiction

All right, we admit it. Filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is no walk in the park. Families across the country make the unfortunate decision to skip filling out the form, potentially missing out on opportunities to make their dream of a college education a reality. So why do families make the choice to forgo the FAFSA? It’s usually because they don’t have the proper information. There are a lot of myths surrounding the FAFSA,

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How Does Interest Rate Factor Into College Loan Costs?

 

When you’re calculating college costs, you can’t forget about the interest rate.

Well, you can forget, which is the problem with all loans. You stare at the sticker price on a car, and consumers often don’t think about the interest rate attached. You buy a $200,000 home, for instance, and you don’t think about the 3.92 percent interest rate — meaning that the total cost of the home over 30 years of payments is actually $340,427.

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Financial Aid: One Tool to Make Higher Education Possible

Make Higher Education Possible

Financial aid is one of the tools that makes higher education possible for many students. It may mean being able to continue your education when you otherwise would not be able or being able to attend the school of your choice despite higher tuition costs.

Financial aid includes:

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Courses, Costs, and Calculations

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How to develop a college budget and still have some fun!

Heading to college is one of the most exciting times of your life. You’re about to start the shift from dependence on home and high school resources to greater independence in all areas of your life. If you’re like many young adults, this is the first time that you’ll be experiencing life without the constant oversight of your parents.

Of course,

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Understanding Your Financial Aid Package

Financial Aid Package

You’ve sent in your applications, filled out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), interviewed with schools and kept your grades up. Now, with graduation quickly approaching, it’s time to finalize your post-secondary education decision. Given that part of your decision will be based on your ability to cover the cost of tuition at your school of choice, understanding your financial aid package is critical.

 

When you filled out your FAFSA,

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