Financial Aid

7 Ways To Maximize Your Military Education Benefits

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Oct 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Here are a few points to keep in mind to help you get the most from your hard-earned education benefits.

When Yvonne Millan joined the U.S. Army in 2000, she had three goals in mind.

First, to serve her country. Second, to earn a college education. And third, to prepare for the civilian career she would pursue after she completed her military service.

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Topics: Military

4 Reasons Adult Students Should File The FAFSA

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Sep 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Think the FAFSA is just for traditional students? If you’re an adult in an online degree program, here are four reasons why you should apply.

By Amanda Black,
Associate Director of Communication and Financial Literacy

Are you an adult taking online courses to earn a college degree? 

Then be sure to file the FAFSA. It’s the first and most important step toward obtaining financial assistance to help pay for school.

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Topics: Paying for College

Paying For College: 25+ Apps For Managing Money

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Aug 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

A critical step in paying for college is managing your finances responsibly.

As an adult student, stretching your paycheck to cover monthly household bills and tuition while saving for the future is challenging.

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Topics: Paying for College

4 Reasons You're Not Applying For Scholarships

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Jul 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Forget the excuses. An updated version of Saint Leo’s scholarship guide for adult learners is now available and can help you get started.

If you’re an adult learner earning your college degree online, you’ve probably convinced yourself that you have some really sound reasons why you’re not seeking scholarships to help pay for your education.

And not one of them has to do with a rich uncle who left you a huge inheritance.

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Topics: Paying for College

5 Private Scholarships For Military Veterans

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Jan 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Spring deadlines are approaching for several veteran scholarships from private foundations and organizations.

If you’re a veteran looking to finance a college degree, the first thing you should do is apply for benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' GI Bill and Post-9/11 GI Bill®, which is the leading financial aid option if you have been honorably discharged within the past 10 years.

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Topics: Military

The FAFSA Is Changing -- Here's What You Need To Know

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Nov 19, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid will affect millions of students. But there’s no reason to panic. Here’s what to expect.

By Amanda Black,
Associate Director of Communication and Financial Literacy

Let’s be honest. Few acronyms can strike more dread in the heart of a college student than FAFSA. 

And now you’ve heard that major changes are coming down the pike.

Terrific.

Actually, the changes are not as onerous as you might think and will benefit students.

Even better, filing for the 2015-2016 academic year remains the same; the changes don’t take effect until the following year.

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Topics: Paying for College

Beware Of Student Loan Repayment And Consolidation Scams!

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Jul 27, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Loan consolidation companies exist that prey on student borrowers looking to lower their payments. Don’t pay for services your lender or loan servicer provides for free.

By Amanda Black
Associate Director of Communication and Financial Literacy

What could be worse than paying back a huge federal student loan?

How about getting tricked into paying hundreds or thousands of dollars’ worth of so-called processing fees on top of your debt?

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Topics: Saving Money

Center For Online Learning Offers New Scholarships For Working Adults

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Jun 22, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Two new scholarships designed for adults working in public safety professions and as health care practitioners who want to earn a college degree online are now available.

In honor of working adults who serve their communities while achieving their educational goals, Saint Leo University’s Center for Online Learning has established two new scholarships: the Public Safety Scholarship and the Caring Professions Scholarship.

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Topics: Paying for College

Save Student Financial Aid

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on May 26, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Saint Leo’s financial literacy expert explains what’s happening with the federal budget and why college students need to be concerned.

By Amanda Black,
Associate Director of Communication and Financial Literacy

Could you use another grant or scholarship?

How about an affordable federal loan to help cover educational expenses?

Even though most college students would answer these questions with a loud yes, Congress is actually trying to reduce financial aid – not increase it.

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Topics: Paying for College

Get Financially Fit: 10 Tips for Students

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Apr 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Money begets money, or so the old saying goes. So how can you make, save, and manage your money so that you have more?

By Amanda Black,
Associate Director of Communication and Financial Literacy

Bet you didn’t know that April is National Financial Literacy Month?

While everyone knows that April 15 is the filing deadline for U.S. federal income tax returns, (Two days from now, in case you forgot!) the fact that an entire month is dedicated to improving understanding of financial principles and practices is as obscure an observance as International Guitar Month (also April).

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Topics: Paying for College