Applying to Graduate: What Every Student Should Know

Applying to Graduate - Ascent Student Loans

This is it—you’re at the final stretch, so close to graduation you can nearly feel the ceremonial cap on your head. All of your hard work is about to pay off, as the years of studying have prepared you to advance toward a future of new opportunities. With that being said, just because you’re nearing graduation doesn’t mean you can let off the gas. […] Read more

Financial planning starting to freak you out? Here’s what you really need to know about sending your kid to college.

Nearly three-quarters of parents report their highest stressor as completing applications for admission and financial aid for college, with their biggest concern being the amount of student loans the family will need to borrow. So, before you get too stressed out, here are 4 ways to prepare for college.

Nearly three-quarters of parents report their highest stressor as completing applications for admission and financial aid for college, with their biggest concern being the amount of student loans the family will need to borrow. So, before you get too stressed out, here are 4 ways to prepare for college. […] Read more

7 Tips Parents Can Give College Students During Finals Season

7 Tips Parents Can Give College Students During Finals Season - Ascent Student Loans

As a parent, you might be struggling with how to help your student during this stressful period other than reminding them to get enough sleep, eat well, and hydrate – which are actually very important. Although we can’t give you the exam answers or write any finals papers for them, here are seven tips parents can give students during finals season. […] Read more

Back to School: Planning for the Year Ahead

Once you have the budgeting ball rolling, it’s much easier to keep it going, but you’ll still have to work through the occasional bump in the road. We’ll explore some of the mental and financial challenges the school year can present, and ways to overcome these obstacles. By building upon your previous budgeting and planning knowledge, you’ll be well-equipped to take on whatever challenges you may face on the path to higher education. […] Read more

More Risk, Less Reward? New Study Finds College Students Taking on More Financial Responsibility While Lacking Confidence in Value of Education

 

July 9, 2018 (SAN DIEGO, CA) — As thousands of college students finalize their financial aid plans for the coming year, a new nationwide survey by Ascent Student Loans has found that while the financial responsibility on students is greater than they expected, they don’t believe the value of a college education is keeping pace with the increasing price tag.

 

Nearly half of students report they are now shouldering more responsibility for paying for college than originally anticipated – and in most cases are covering at least 50 percent of the total investment.  At the same time, more than half of […] Read more

Budgeting for College Students: Where to Start

Whether your funds come from family, student loans, scholarships or your own wallet, you’ll need to budget for expenses like textbooks, housing and, yes, a social life. Knowing who’s footing the bill, what costs to expect and which ones you can live without — ideally before school starts — can reduce stress and help you form healthy financial habits for the future.
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