Financial Aid

Mary Beth Erskine

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6 Tips For Mastering Student Loan Debt

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 15, 2015 8:29:00 AM

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to create a plan for getting your finances in order. Saint Leo’s new tool, SALT, can help you do that.

By Amanda Black,
 Associate Director of Communication and Financial Literacy

How’s that New Year’s resolution going? Is it still alive and well?

Statistics show that 75 percent of people who make resolutions keep them through the first week, but only 64 percent through the first month.

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Topics: Paying for College

Stay Out Of Debt This Holiday Shopping Season

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 2, 2014 7:27:00 AM

Saint Leo finance professor offers practical advice to help you avoid additional debt from holiday spending.

If you’re a student in an online degree program with a tuition bill to pay every term, you keep a close eye on your cash flow. So you do many of the common sense things to save money on gifts and other holiday-related expenses such as:

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Topics: Paying for College, Saving Money

Paying For College: A Scholarship Guide For Adult Learners

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 21, 2014 8:33:00 AM

Looking for resources to pay for college? Saint Leo’s e-book, “Adult Learner’s Guide to Finding Scholarships and Grants” can help you get started.

You may have reasons why you want to earn a college degree that have nothing to do with your pay stub or the title on your next business card – reasons you can’t put a dollar figure on.

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Topics: Paying for College

Fund Offers Veteran Students Emergency Financial Assistance

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 24, 2014 3:13:00 PM

Veteran students studying on-ground or online who face financial hardship due to an unexpected or emergency situation can find temporary assistance.

Saint Leo University alumnus Jamal Lowe had served for seven years in the U.S. Navy, an experience he says prepared him “for just about any obstacle that a man could face.”

That was until his senior year at Saint Leo when he encountered a financial emergency – an unexpected delay in his veterans’ benefits – and faced possible eviction from his home.

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Holiday Shopping Tip For Students: Mind Your Credit Score!

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 21, 2013 8:21:00 AM

Beware of the lasting impact overspending this holiday season could have on your credit score, if you’re not careful.

You knew it as soon as you saw your first red Starbucks coffee cup – the holiday shopping season had arrived, well in advance of Thanksgiving Day discounts and Black Friday doorbusters.

And since there’s nothing like a peppermint mocha or a gingerbread latte to put you in a festive mood, it’s easy to get caught up in holiday-shopping hoopla.

In fact, an annual survey conducted by global management company Accenture indicates that consumers expect to spend more on gift buying this year.

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Topics: Paying for College

Don't Go Broke Paying For College

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 18, 2013 8:55:00 AM

Saint Leo offers a free web tool to help empower students to make informed financial decisions about paying for college: AccessReady.

While it’s true that more people are attending college than ever before (13.8 million 20 years ago compared to 21 million last year), it’s no surprise that more people are also taking out loans to pay for school.

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Topics: Paying for College

Campaign To Support Military Students Raises $10,247

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 6, 2013 11:26:00 AM

Success of “40 Dollars/40 Years Campaign” exceeds expectations.

A special campaign to support Saint Leo University’s Military Student Services Fund has raised more than $10,247.

The “40 Dollars/40 Years Campaign” was conducted as part of Saint Leo University’s 40th anniversary celebration of educating service men and women.

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Topics: Military

Fundraising Campaign To Support Military Students

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 25, 2013 8:21:00 AM

The "40 Dollars/40 Years Campaign" will benefit the Military Student Services Fund.

As part of Saint Leo University's 40th anniversary celebration of educating service men and women, a special 40-hour fundraising campaign to support the university’s Military Student Services Fund will kick off on July 30 at 8 a.m.

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Topics: Military

Things You Must Know To Plan Your Financial Future

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on May 28, 2013 8:20:00 AM

Targeted at college seniors and recent grads, webcast provides a wealth of information on planning your financial future, including how to successfully manage student loans.

How do you save for the future and manage debt from the past, while living in the present?

No, it’s not a trick question. And the answer does not involve a genie in a bottle, a rich uncle, or a winning Power Ball ticket.

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Topics: Paying for College

Military Tuition Assistance Update: Benefits Reinstated

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Mar 28, 2013 8:03:00 AM

What does the most recent legislation passed by Congress and signed by the President meant to Saint Leo students who are active-duty servicemembers?

Last week, the House passed a stopgap spending bill that averted the government shutdown that had been looming before us. HR 933, which has been re-named the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, includes two amendments. One of these amendments, the Hagen-Inhofe amendment, reinstates tuition assistance for active-duty military that was cut as a result of budget sequestrations. It has now been signed into law.

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Topics: Military

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