August 2014 Newsletter

August 2014 Financial Aid News Vacation

7 Private Student Loan Myths -- Busted

Student loans, especially private student loans, are a hot topic in the media these days. We continue to hear disturbing stories about borrowers with massive debt and little hope for paying it back. Fortunately, this type of situation is not the norm.

Unfortunately, these stories have encouraged the spread of false information about private student loans. In this article, we reveal the facts, so you can make the best decisions about paying for your college education. 

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Ask the Edvisor: Your Questions, Answered

Question: I am starting at college soon. My parents and I are still trying to determine if we should borrow money for college. We’re confused by the differences between federal, college and private loans. Any suggestions as to which type of loan is best?

Get the answer from the financial aid experts at Edvisors.

College Rankings: Compare the Top Ten

Money magazine premiered a new college ranking system that tries to measure each college’s value based on quality of education, affordability and outcomes. This system produced rankings that differ significantly from the popular standard, U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges.

Money’s Top Ten:

1) Babson College
2) Webb Institute
3) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4) Princeton University
5) Stanford University
6) Harvard University
7) Harvey Mudd College
8) Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art
9) Brigham Young University
10) California Institute of Technology

U.S. News & World Report’s Top Eleven:

1) Princeton University
2) Harvard University
3) Yale University
4) Columbia University
5) Stanford University
5) University of Chicago
7) Duke University
7) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
7) University of Pennsylvania
10) California Institute of Technology
10) Dartmouth College

Learn more about Money’s new college ranking system.

How to Avoid Student Loan Repayment Scams

In light of charges filed by the Illinois Attorney General against two companies that advertise student loan debt relief, Consumerman Herb Weisbaum from NBC News produced an article with numerous tips and links that can help you recognize (and report) scams.

Read "Student Loan Repayment Scams: How to Avoid Being Ripped Off" now.

The Seven Scholarships

This monthly section of Financial Aid News features an intriguing list of seven scholarships that share a common characteristic. We hope this section will make you smile and inspire you to apply for more scholarships.

Seven Faith-based Scholarships

  1. Brigham Young University Scholarships
  2. The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Merit Scholarship
  3. Islamic Scholarship Fund
  4. Brawerman Fellowships
  5. John W. McDevitt (Fourth Degree) Scholarships
  6. Science and Sanatan Dharma Scholarship
  7. United Methodist Scholarship Program

Featured Scholarships -- Weekly Drawings Continue

For the month of August, the ScholarshipPoints program is continuing to do drawings every week. To enter the upcoming drawings, simply log in to your account and spend your points before midnight Pacific on the date indicated. (The winners are announced on the next business day.)

  • $1,000 Perfect Day Scholarship (8/10/14)
  • $1,000 Bite the Books Scholarship (8/17/14)
  • $1,000 Private Student Loans Fee-Fighter Scholarship (8/24/14)
  • ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship (9/15/14)
  • ScholarshipPoints $20,000 Ultimate Full Ride Scholarship (12/31/14)

Watch for our notification emails to see if you are a winner!

Stat Snapshot

Who should be responsible for paying for college?

Who Should be Responsible for Paying for College Bar Chart

Source: How America Pays for College, Sallie Mae

Financial Aid Term of the Month

Index Rate

An index rate is a variable interest rate upon which other variable interest rates are based. Examples include the LIBOR index, the Prime Lending Rate and the interest rates of various U.S. Treasury securities.

See more terms in the Student Financial Aid Glossary.

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