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Save for College or Pay Down Student Debt? Here’s What You Need to Know

  Americans are facing a crisis of college costs and coupled with the financial struggles brought upon by the pandemic, families with student loan debt are more impacted than ever by this burden. Knowing that the cost of college is rising on average 3-4% per year , parents are caught in a vicious c...

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Infographic: Paying for College - Americans Feel the Strain

The Gift of College ‘2020 Paying for College Survey’ gives a clear-eyed perspective on the student debt crisis that is weighing down Americans of all ages.   The data is resounding: student loans are causing emotional distress and interfering with other financial goals. And with many respondents u...

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5 Reasons Why College Savings and Student Loan Assistance Should be Part of Every Employer’s Benefits Package

A new star has emerged in the employee benefits space. Fueled by the growing crisis of higher education expenses, college savings and student loan repayment benefits programs have grown increasingly popular in the past years, falling into line among the most in-demand employer offerings on the marke...

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Image for blog Infographic: Paying for College - A Workplace Perspective

Infographic: Paying for College - A Workplace Perspective

In May, Gift of College spearheaded the ‘2020 Paying for College Survey’. An in-depth look at how Americans navigate the student loan debt crisis and the college savings journey, the survey revealed key insights about employees’ hopes and expectations for financing education through the workplace.  ...

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Image for blog Q&A: Gift of College Strategic Advisor Jaime Casap

Q&A: Gift of College Strategic Advisor Jaime Casap

Gift of College has an ambitious vision: a future where every young person has access to higher education, without the burden of student loan debt weighing them down for decades to come. In pursuit of this vision, we seek out innovators and employers who are ready to link arms and further strengthen...

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Image for blog On National 529 Day, Familiarize Yourself with 529 College Savings Plan Features

On National 529 Day, Familiarize Yourself with 529 College Savings Plan Features

National 529 Day (May 29) is an ideal time to make sure you know the basics of 529 college savings plans and just how useful they can be.  Here are five facets you’ll want to know about:  Versatility:   529 college savings plans can be used for many forms of post-secondary education across the U.S. ...

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How 529 as an Employee Benefit helps Families avoid Student Loan Debt

With National "529 Day" approaching later this week on 5/29, it’s rewarding to reflect on the many creative efforts undertaken this time of year to raise both local and national awareness of the existence and usefulness of 529 college savings plans to help families prepare for the cost of higher edu...

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Important FAFSA Deadlines

Did you know the deadline to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, for the 2019 to 2020 school year is June 30, 2020. If you're attending college now or in the future, there's a good chance you will need some form of financial aid to afford its expense. Fortunately, the FAFS...

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Image for blog 5 Ways To Tame Your Back-To-School Spending

5 Ways To Tame Your Back-To-School Spending

Every new school year brings with it trips to the mall, your favorite big-box retailer, or e-commerce sites. It's a time to splurge before you're stuck in the classroom. But if you're looking to tame your back-to-school spending this year, consider these five steps. 1. Make a list — and check it twi...

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Image for blog Put More Money in Your Pocket by Lowering Student Loan Payments

Put More Money in Your Pocket by Lowering Student Loan Payments

Student loans continue to plague the country. The average student loan balance rose from $18,259 in 2005 up to $35,051 in 2015 . This equated to an estimate of $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. With this increasing debt in mind, it’s important to remember it’s never too early to start considering...

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Strategies to Pay Off Your Student Loans Before Graduation

Think it’s too early to start planning your post-graduation finances? Financial planning   is most beneficial when it is done as early as possible. This is especially true if you are one of the 40 million Americans  facing student loan debt. Even though you may not be required to make a payment on...

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Image for blog 8 Hints How to Make a Student’s Loan the Most Affordable

8 Hints How to Make a Student’s Loan the Most Affordable

All families want the best education for their children, but not all of them can provide it. That’s why student loans are essential. They enable students to pursue the career paths they envision for themselves. Student loans often make headlines. The statistics are shocking, to say the least. In the...

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Image for blog How to Get Student Loan Forgiveness - What you need to know!

How to Get Student Loan Forgiveness - What you need to know!

More than 11% of borrowers across the nation are delinquent on their student loan monthly payments as of 2017. College can be enormously high-priced and stressful, especially when you add overwhelming student loan debt to the equation.  Today we will provide you a quick step-by-step guide on how to ...

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Image for blog Pinching Pennies: The Cost of Financial Stress in the Workplace

Pinching Pennies: The Cost of Financial Stress in the Workplace

Few people can get through their higher education journey without taking out loans of some kind. When those loan payments start, many people are unprepared for the drain on their monthly budgets.  When you feel financial stress—related to student loans, mortgages, credit card bills, or other financi...

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Image for blog 5 Common Student Loan Scams -  And How to Avoid Them

5 Common Student Loan Scams - And How to Avoid Them

Students these days have it hard. Not only does it cost thousands of dollars to study at college and not only are you left with a huge student loan. You also have to contend with scammers trying to eke more money from your already depleted bank account. Students are understandably looking for any wa...

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