Category Archives: Graduate school

Should you stay or should you go?

When faced with the choice to go far away to school, or stick closer to home, which would you choose? My stepdaughter was recently faced with this question when she got into two different grad schools. One school was two… Continue reading


Fun for less than $10

I’ll admit, I’ve got budgeting on the brain. Maybe it’s because it’s relatively early in the New Year, and I have the chance to start fresh with a clean slate. Maybe it’s because my student loans have recently gone into… Continue reading

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Renew old, seek new funds

Caroline has already gone over some details of the FAFSA for beginners, but what about those of you who filed a FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid)  last year? You need to complete a FAFSA every year you’re in… Continue reading


Realistic resolutions

Happy 2009! Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?  I’m not a particularly successful resolution-keeper. Last year, I vowed to eat healthier, and for six weeks it was nothing but oatmeal for breakfast, salads for lunch, and Lean Cuisine®  for… Continue reading

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Staying ahead of your student loan payments

Last week I was talking with a friend of mine who is still paying off his student loans from graduate school. Like he does with his car loan and his mortgage, he pays more than the minimum amount. The extra… Continue reading


Grad school: Not a bailout plan

It’s hard to avoid all the bad economic news  these days. College students, I wouldn’t blame you if you’re nervous about leaving the safe confines of campus. The real world isn’t looking too inviting these days. So with a rough… Continue reading


Do your financial lifestyles match?

When you’re choosing a roommate, there’s a lot to think about — especially if you’ll be living off-campus, where you have many more responsibilities than you do with on-campus housing. One of the things to consider seriously is whether your… Continue reading


Increased loan limits for grad school

Student LoanDown readers, I’m pleased to share another question and answer series with you from Ask the Expert: I am starting graduate school in the Srping of 2008 and going full time. My intended graduation date is May, 2009. I… Continue reading


Navigating the Financial Blogosphere

Looking for more guidance on preparing to pay and actually paying for college, as well as general personal finance information on a variety of subjects? (If you’re reading this blog, I’m guessing that you’re interested in these topics!) There’s a… Continue reading


Working or not?

For a number of my friends, formal education didn’t stop at our undergraduate commencement. Many are now taking graduate level classes towards a master’s degree. Some are taking classes on top of a full-time job, some are working part-time and… Continue reading

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