Transferring from a Community College to a Four-year University

2020-03-02T16:35:04-06:00February 20th, 2020|Categories: Melanie|

Transferring from a community college to a four-year university is a path many students take for different reasons. Planning and preparation are a big part of a smooth transition from one school to another. Here are a few steps to follow to help you reach your destination: Earn an associate degree. If you are [...]

Completing the FAFSA Just Got Easier … Use the New App!

2019-01-14T15:05:10-06:00January 11th, 2019|Categories: Melanie|

Happy New Year! What are your New Year’s resolutions? I hope one is to complete and submit your FAFSA application (if you haven’t already done so). It’s time. Although the 2019-2020 FAFSA was released in October, there is still time for high school seniors and returning college students to complete the form. Remember, some financial [...]

Going Back to School after Dropping Out

2018-06-22T17:00:35-05:00June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Melanie|

Whether you stopped attending school because of finances, family problems, academic issues, or left because life just happened, you are not alone. A lot of students have had to drop out for a variety of reasons, you’ll find that it’s never too late to go back. Here are a few things to help prepare [...]

A Few Things to Help You Survive College

2018-06-05T14:45:19-05:00February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Melanie|

These are things I wish someone would’ve told me BEFORE I started college. I ended up learning about them either the hard way or later in college. Hopefully, these will help you have a better college experience from the start. Get involved in campus groups and activities. This can be a great addition to your resume, and [...]

Make Smart Use of Your Financial Aid Refund

2020-12-18T17:04:01-06:00January 12th, 2018|Categories: Melanie|

Welcome to “Coaching Corner,” a blog we hope will help you make smart decisions with your money and get through school without breaking the bank. Each semester millions of college students ask an important question – “What should I do with my financial aid refund?” That’s the money left over from your financial aid after [...]

Tips for Completing the FAFSA, part 2

2018-06-05T14:49:43-05:00December 8th, 2017|Categories: Melanie|

So have you decided to fill out the FAFSA? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is released every year on October 1. You need to fill out a new one each year, and it may provide the grants, loans, and work-study you need to pay for school. Our last post looked at some [...]

Tips for Completing the FAFSA, part 1

2019-01-11T12:35:55-06:00December 8th, 2017|Categories: Melanie|

Getting good grades isn’t the only challenge on the road to graduation. Many of the students I talk to worry about how to pay for school. For a lot of them, their biggest support comes from federal financial aid (grants, loans, work-study). That means you need to fill out the FAFSA, the Free Application [...]

Managing Your Money: Needs vs Wants

2018-06-05T14:51:03-05:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Melanie|

We recently talked about how to make your financial aid refund last through the entire semester. Whether you get money from financial aid, your parents, or working, you need to manage it wisely. Setting up a spending plan helps you do that. Making Decisions Part of putting together a simple budget (spending plan) is identifying [...]