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Financial Advice You Can Trust

LearnMoreIndiana.org for information about making college more affordable, FAFSA and state financial aid opportunities. Investindiana.org for advice on financial literacy, student loans and options for Indiana students. FAFSA.ed.gov is your link to completing the FAFSA and provides plenty of federal financial student aid advice and planning tools. Studentaid.ed.gov covers all the basics on college, types of financial aid and how to apply. Moneysmarts.iu.edu offers classes, a podcast and helpful advice on avoiding debt and spending more wisely. Purdue.edu/mymoney provides web-based, reliable budgeting tools and a student loan calculator. Additional resources…

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Does College Have to Cost a Fortune?

Many adults without a bachelor’s degree want to go back to college, but worry about the overall affordability of student loans, according to a 2019 nationwide survey.* The survey showed the dilemma that faces many adults who have less than a college credential. About 70 percent said they believed colleges successfully prepare adult students for the workplace, and the same percentage believe having a bachelor’s degree is important to secure a job. Roughly 60 percent have considered returning to school to complete a degree. The majority said that finances pose…

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Active Ways to Save on College Expenses

Many of us learned new ways of saving money by being more frugal in 2020, perhaps by cooking at home or postponing small luxuries. Those small savings can translate into impressive ways to save for your education, or a loved one’s. FINANCIAL TIPS Fill out the FAFSA every year. Complete the FAFSA by April 15th before each new school year, regardless of your family’s financial status to see if you’re eligible to receive funds. The FAFSA helps you tap into federal, state and institutional grants and scholarships. Apply for scholarships…

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3 COSTLY FINANCIAL MISTAKES AND SMARTER SOLUTIONS

Your college degree is the best investment you can make for your future. But costly mistakes can undermine your best efforts. Here’s what to avoid and some thoughts on a better approach: Mistake: Taking forever to finish your college degree. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education estimates that every additional year students spend in college costs at least $50,000 in tuition, fees and lost wages. Solution: Taking 30 credits per year is the best way to graduate on time and finish within your budget. Plus, under Indiana law, students must…

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