Mar 262012

Planning for college is likely one of the most important financial moves a young person makes in his or her life up to this point.  It can also be quite a daunting task.  A recent NYTimes articles points out that “73 percent of undergraduates attending private four-year institutions received financial aid in the school year that ended in 2004, not even counting loans.” It  is comforting to see that colleges are stepping up to help, but it’s still necessary to work your way through the confusion.

Southern New Hampshire University has put together this handy guide to help navigate the financial aid process.  Very helpful and the visual elements really clarify some of the steps needed to figure it all out.
Navigating the financial aid system infographic by Southern New Hampshire University, SNHU.EDU
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The cost of education is rising on an annual basis, but this really shouldn’t prevent someone from attending college when there are so many options to help fund the expense.  This guide should get you started and help to understand what kind of decisions need to be made.

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Jun 172008

If you are a college student who has been hunting around for student loan programs to help you consolidate your loans you’ve no doubt been finding a lot of confusing information. At Student Loan Dir you’ll be able to not only learn a ton of information about student loans and the assorted loan consolidation programs you have available, but you can also use their handy loan finder to nail down the best deals on a program that fits your needs.

The benefit of a student loan consolidation is that it will allow you to merge your student loans into one, relying on a single lender. You can then simply focus on one payment at the lowest rate available. Using the easy to use loan finder at Student Loan Dir you can enter your information one time and let many different lenders compete in order to provide the loan that fits your needs at a rate that is most affordable. You’ll likely decrease your overall monthly payment, lock in a great new rate and have all your loan information under one roof.

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Jan 092008

If you’ve considered moving into the property management field and currently live in Nevada or are thinking about making the move, you would do well to consider Nevada property management training at Key Realty School. Since the state of Nevada requires a property management permit for anyone in certain types of leasing activities such as those involved with multiple owners or multiple sites, it is imperative that the proper training and certification be met.

The course offered by Key Realty School, spread out over three days, and the successful completion of the permit test at the PSI testing centers will satisfy the Nevada state requirements for a property management permit. Since Key Realty School has educated over 30,000 students, they are in a great position to provide the proper training and support needed to obtain the certification. You can learn more about their property management training program, as well as other information on education they provide at their web site.

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Jan 022008

If you’re in the market for a new job and have experience in the finance and business world you might consider using the services of the executive job placement experts at Willis Consulting. Willis is an executive recruiting firm that focuses their energy solely on finding jobs within the corporate finance world for qualified individuals.

The recruiters who work for Willis have considerable knowledge and experience within the finance and business industry and are thus able to provide the know-how to both understand the needs of their clients as well as place executives in the right job. The clients for Willis Consulting include companies that work within the banking and corporate finance world like investment banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies and more.

If you’re looking to switch careers or get started in the financial services marketplace working as an executive you need the competitive advantage over other employment candidates. Since Willis Consulting specializes in recruiting financial executives they will be able to help you find the right firm or company for your skills, abilities and experience.

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Nov 132007

If you’ve been hunting around for college scholarships you might have some idea what a daunting task it can be. Fortunately, you can get some great assistance with this challenge by utilizing the ever useful and expansive college scholarship database at

The service at provides users with a very extensive variety of grants and college scholarships for free. Using the information you submit in your personal profile they’ll help you locate scholarships that are most suited and relevant to you from an extensive database that is continually updated. You’ll be able to find a host of great opportunities like the Bill Gates scholarship and millions of other. In fact, they feature about 2.7 million scholarships and grants that total over $19 billion.

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Oct 312007

I get a lot of questions from readers and also from friends and family regarding opportunities to work from home or to simply a way to supplement a part-time income. The information on the internet is certainly confusing as it seems like there are a ton of opportunities but no clear path to fulfill them. The good news is that there are actually some nice endeavors you can undertake to work from home and one unique opportunity comes from Courtney Raymond Consultants.

Working from home via Courtney Raymond you will be recruiting for one of the largest financial services company in the world. The dream of working from home can easily be a reality. One of the benefits of this company is that you won’t be totally on your own. They will give you the assistance you need to get going and be successful as they provide you with free training. You’ll also have free leads and you’ll never have to buy anything.

This unique opportunity will allow you to work from home so you can spend more time with your family, work in you bathrobe if you want and keep you hard earned money for yourself. You don’t need any experience just a desire to earn some extra income and some great phone skills. Imagine earning a great full-time income with part-time hours working flexible hours from the comfort of your own home. Sounds like a great opportunity not to be missed.

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Jun 062007

There was an interesting article in a recent NY Times article discussing rising tuition costs for elite universities. Interestingly enough, the gist of this article is that some of these colleges have had to raise tuition to look more attractive to prospective students. The idea here is that the more expensive a college is, the better it must be. This point is highly questionable, at best, and there are far too many variables that need to be considered, but the end result is the same…higher college tuition.

The upside to this recent trend is that colleges have increased the amount of financial aid that they are providing to their students. The NY Times article points out that “73 percent of undergraduates attending private four-year institutions received it in the school year that ended in 2004, not even counting loans.” This is of some comfort, considering the high costs of college, but doesn’t change the fact that college is not cheap.

In order to better prepare for these high costs, whether your child is planning on attending an elite, Ivy League university or a “cheaper” state school, it is best to start saving soon. You should consider opening a 529 college savings plan as soon as your child is born, or at least in the first few years of their life.

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Dec 082006

It’s really never too early to start saving for your children’s college education. One of the best ways to accomplish this important move is with a 529 college savings plan in order to generate some tax-free savings to cover college costs. I’ve started plans for both of my sons and they’re only 5 and 1 now. I figure this early start will help decrease the pain of a pricy college education when the tuition fees start to roll in when they’re older.

There’s a lot of information available on 529 plans, and it pays to research them as much as you can. There is quite a bit of variety with these plans and no two are really alike. Some of the plans have some pretty hefty fees while others are more reasonable. Many states have multiple plans, catering to different strategies based on your needs and goals.

You can certainly utilize the help of a financial planner if you need, but there is no reason not to go it alone and research the best plan for you. Most states have multiple investment plans and flexible contribution options. In many cases, it is best to pick the plan for your own state due to state-tax savings that these plans can afford. Despite this advantage, however, don’t be afraid to shop around for other state plans. There are no rules that say you have to use your state’s 529 college saving’s plan as many plans are open to non-residents.

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Nov 032006

Finding the adequate financing for a vocational education can be a daunting task, but for those individuals needing financial assistance there are a host of vocational student financing options available. Keep in mind that all vocational schools are not the same and some have different strategies for addressing the financial needs of their students. One of the best types of financial assistance is in the form of a scholarship or grant, which unlike a loan, does not have to be paid back at a later date. These scholarships and grants can sometimes be found directly through the school and some states set aside scholarships exclusively for students of a vocational institute while other scholarships are sponsored by union groups, religious organizations or private corporations and companies.

The federal government provides a great deal of funding for vocational students ranging from grants to student loans. You can call 1-800-4 FED AID or check the US Department of Education’s website ( for more information on the type of financial support available to students.

If your vocational school qualifies for Title IV funding, then it is possible to obtain a student loan much like you would through a traditional college or university. Many private loan companies provide funding for students of qualifying schools.

Finally, most vocational schools have an office specializing in financial aid programs. Plan on meeting with a financial aid officer to see the best types of funding that the school can provide. Take advantage of the resources that are available in these offices and make sure to utilize all of the information they can provide. These individuals are very knowledgeable of the financial aid world and are happy to provide assistance to students seeking aid.

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Aug 282005

With the A-level results coming out, the long wait for UK school leavers hoping to go to university will soon be over. All the hard work that has been put into achieving the grades required will now pay off and the fun and freedom that is student life can begin. This may have been the case in the past, but the notion that university life is socially and financially responsibility free is now lamentably outdated. These days, if you want to study beyond the age of 18, learning becomes very expensive. Continue reading »

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Aug 222005

Grants are a type of student aid that is awarded by the government. Grants for college students do not have to be repaid. Grants are based upon financial need, as calculated by the federal aid program. The first step in applying for government grants is by completing the FAFSA. Continue reading »

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Aug 172005

Any student who is on the lookout for online degree colleges would probably have been swamped with the many options marketed to them over the internet. Therefore, it is not a wonder that many students feel confused on the right college selection as they may not know the way to nail down the advantages that certain colleges have over others. Although many renowned colleges charge higher fees for their courses, the extra costs incurred may not necessarily be justified by the facilities, recognition and educational value that they provide to students. Continue reading »

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Aug 162005

So your teenager has decided to go to college. You’ve hoped for this day. You sweated through 12 years of school with your child, and have been an active participant in his/her education. You’ve been saving for this day for years, but with all the other “incidentals” of daily life, car expenses, medical bills, that new roof, the money you had hoped you’d have is not there. What you have is not quite enough for that four year private college he/she is interested in attending, and you don’t want a home equity loan. What to do? Continue reading »

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Mar 112005

Asking for a raise is a lot like looking for love. No one really values anything that comes too cheaply. But while dating can be fun, confronting authority can be intimidating. We asked John Towler, of Creative Organizational Design, a management consulting firm to outline how to talk money with your boss. Continue reading »

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Jan 112005

Many of us could really use some extra income. We have enough to pay our bills and put food on the table, but nothing extra. You could always go to work for McDonalds or Walmart, but with all of your responsibilities, is minimum wage worth it? Continue reading »

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