Category Archives: Paying for College

4 Ways to Establish Good Credit at a Young Age By Meghan Belnap

161019_credit_card_computerWe live in an age of credit. From bank credit to credit cards to buying a car or house, everything requires credit–and a good credit score is extremely important. When you’re young, it can be difficult to establish that credit and prove to potential creditors that you are worth the risk and deserve that loan you’re asking for. Younger adults often ask, “How can I boost my credit score? I’m barely out of high school. How can I prove that I deserve this loan?” Here are four ways to establish good credit so you can purchase that house, car, or other item you have your eye on with a low interest rate.

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Funding Your Education: 5 Possible Options to Pay for College By Scott Ragin

161011_piggy_bank_money_financial_aidFinding money for college is a difficult task, but it is one that nearly everyone needs to do. As student loan debt has recently reached $1.2 trillion, many high school graduates become more and more interested in alternative ways to pay for college in order to avoid serious debt. It is a known fact that college education in the United States is expensive for many, and the price for tuition continues to rise every year. Even though federal loans are provided to help students get through college, they do not always cover the entire cost of tuition, and many students are graduating with thousands of dollars in debt.

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How to Finance your Master’s Degree by Vera Marie Reed

There are several ways to finance your Master’s Degree. Most of us already know about the FAFSA for Graduate students, which qualifies you for the standard government loans. However, with a combination of smart shopping, some extra paperwork and savvy bargaining, you just might be able to score yourself a discount or even a free ride. There are different types of financial aid available, and the first step to savvy financing is to understand the differences.  Read on to learn more. Continue reading

Congratulations to our latest scholarship winner!

college scholarship winnerWe’re excited to announce that Génesis Suárez from Venezuela has won our $2,500 scholarship during International Students Day. Our scholarships reward students for researching universities online. Genesis visited five university profile pages on our website during our International Students Day online college fair, and was automatically entered in a drawing to win. Continue reading

Congratulations to our latest scholarship winner!

Scholarship winner - LoganCongratulations to Logan, who won our latest $1,000 college scholarship! Here’s what Logan had to say: “I am currently a senior at Great Oak High School. I am so grateful to CollegeWeekLive for awarding me this scholarship! This money will go a long way to helping me as I begin to study as an undergraduate philosophy student next fall at Biola University.” Continue reading

Dos and don’ts of getting college scholarships


You’re headed to college soon and if you’re like many students, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to pay for it all. Getting a head start on your scholarship search will help you get this worry out of the way. Here are some quick dos and don’ts to keep in mind as you begin researching college scholarships: Continue reading

How do you know if a university offers a good value?

FAFSAEveryone’s looking to get the most value for the money they spend and college tuition is no exception. Each year, the Princeton Review and other organizations rank colleges and universities that they find to offer the best value. But what does value mean? Here’s a quick snapshot of how to determine the value of colleges that you’re considering attending. Continue reading

What is the Expected Family Contribution?

What is your expected family contribution when you go to college?When you complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), you’ll be asked for quite a bit of personal information about you and your parents’ finances, including their income, assets, and benefits, such as Social Security. This is because you and your family are expected to contribute to the cost of college to the amount that you’re able to do so. Continue reading

Comparing college tuition costs

scholarshipsComparing college costs may seem tricky at first, but financial aid experts say don’t be scared by a college’s “sticker” price. What’s important is the price you would actually have to pay to attend the school. That is, the total cost of attendance (including tuition, room and board, books, and supplies), minus the amount of scholarships and grants that the college will give you (and that you don’t have to repay). Continue reading