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💰6 Ways You Can Put Your Tax Refund to Good Use 💰

When you put your tax refund to work for your future, you can reap the benefits for years to come. With that in mind, let’s look at some tax refund… Read more >

💗Tough Love: How to Prepare Your College Grad to Take on Financial Responsibility for Their Loans🎓

Nearly 40% of student borrowers are expected to default on their student loans by 2023 and more than one million people default on their student loans annually. This is a… Read more >

Ascent Non-Cosigned Student Loans are Changing the Way Students Pay for College – On Their Own!🎓💰

Does the ever-increasing cost of college have you stressing about cosigning for your college student’s loans? If that’s the case, it may be time to reassess how the cost of… Read more >

🌞Surviving Spring Break: A Parent’s Guide🌞

A good piece of advice would be to advise your student to set a budget before leaving for the trip and to stick to it. Impulse purchases with extras or… Read more >

Six questions you must ask yourself if you’re considering grad school🎓🎓

It’s no secret that graduate programs offer a whole new level of challenge to students. You must be willing to commit the time and energy needed to do the work.… Read more >

A Different Perspective on How to Approach Paying for College | Ascent CEO Ken Ruggiero on It’s Your Business on KCBQ-AM

Click here to listen to how Ken is changing the student loan industry in his full interview with @RichardMuscio on @theAnswerSanDiego [...] Read more Read more >

SAT vs ACT: What’s the Difference and How Do I Prepare??📚🎓

Students looking to apply for college are often faced with a choice between whether to take the SAT or the ACT. These tests can make a big difference when it… Read more >

💕Feel the Love: Affordable Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in College💕

Valentine’s day is upon us, and Cupid is aiming his arrows at college students around the country. Those who are looking to impress their crushes can be faced with the… Read more >

Get ready and Know Your Options: SAT and ACT Prep resources📚🎓

Due to the high demand for resources to prep for these exams, it can be difficult to determine which prep resource is best. Below are our recommendations for online, classroom,… Read more >

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for the 2019-2020 School Year

The majority of the awards in your student’s financial aid package are based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated by the FAFSA. Therefore, the EFC is a very important… Read more >