Money stacks: financial awareness
- Know your scholarship renewal criteria.
- It's never too late to apply and qualify for additional scholarships. Keep applying!
- Budget your future.
- Know what your estimated loan repayment will be based on the amount of the loans you are taking out at www.finaid.org/calculators.
- Research career opportunities and determine a realistic starting salary.
Tips to help prevent identity theft
- Avoid obvious passwords.
- Don't share your passwords with anyone.
Protect your Social Security number
- Don't carry your Social Security card in you purse or wallet.
- Avoid giving your Social Security number out whenever possible.
- Never leave your purse, wallet or backpack unattended.
- If you have a laptop, keep it secure.
- Make sure you have up-to-date anti-virus software. Avoid accessing sensitive information like your bank account from public computers.
- If necessary, make sure to log out completely.
Federal student loan repayment
Can I start repayment while still in school?
Yes, in fact we recommend it if possible.
How do I know who to make payments to?
Log into nslds.ed.gov to get information about your loan servicer, including how to contact them.
What is the benefit of repaying my loans while in school?
You will pay less over the life of the loan because you will not have accumulated as much interest.
When does mandatory repayments begin?
Six months after you graduate. If you drop below half-time enrollment, repayment also begins six months later.
What is loan consolidation?
It is a process of combining one or more loans into a single new loan. This will result in a new weighted average interest rate and different repayment terms.
Should I work while in school?
Working while in school is a decision each student needs to consider. If you decide to work, the following offices are great help:
Review open student positions to see if there are any opportunities at a campus near you.
Get help with resumes, interview preparation and finding job opportunities and internships.
The FAFSA is available each year at www.fafsa.gov starting October 1.
Ideally, the FAFSA should be filled out by February 1 for the upcoming academic year.