GradCentric is a podcast hosted by Gradmetrics to help families plan and prepare for college and manage student loan debt. Every week we share tips on college topics including student loans, financial aid, FAFSA, CSS Profile, merit aid, scholarships, exploring majors, finding a career, and school selection.
Your Student’s Memory and College Planning
Academic success is still largely contingent on the ability to memorize. This is quite clear both during and after high school. A little research will make clear that the study of memory is the real deal. There are ways to improve your memory that have the potential to drastically change student's life for the better. In fact, as a college and student loan planner it's something I'm eager to share with younger students in the hope they will learn and apply the strategies early, saving thousands of hours of study over a lifetime. I know I wish I would have been taught these "hacks" in public school.
View the blog post here: https://gradmetrics.com/test-prep/your-students-memory-and-college-planning/.
Three personality assessments to uncover your perfect job
Personality plays a pivotal role in job satisfaction and overall well-being, particularly since many experts believe personality is set from birth and does not change over time. Personality is central to how you view, approach, and experience life. Fighting against this core part of you is a losing battle leading to unhappiness, frustration, and stunted potential. Fight this battle too long and you might find yourself in a crisis of purpose, unable to discern a clear pathway in life.
Do Nontraditional Approaches to College Pay Off?
I must admit, I’m a nontraditionalist when it comes to higher education. The four-year, bachelor’s degree route simply isn’t a good fit for everyone, particularly considering the high cost. I love the idea of a quicker path to get a similar outcome, because less time spent in the academy almost always means lower cost. With that said, other non-traditional or flexible routes are less promising, or even harmful.
Lower Your Student Loan Payment the Smart Way
If your federal student loan payment is derived from a percentage of your discretionary income, you have an opportunity to save for future AND lower your student loan payments. In other words, you have a rare financial planning opportunity to achieve a double benefit to your personal bottom line.
Is it too late for financial aid?
With all the important college dates, applications, and notices whizzing by, it's easy to feel behind. If you're really late to the game, it can feel down right hopeless. But is this feeling warranted? It is ever too late for financial aid?
How to Read a Financial Aid Letter
Around this time of year, families receive a financial aid letter (also known as a financial aid package or financial aid offer) from their chosen schools. This can be a rather frustrating experience as there is no set format and terminology across schools. Not only that, the stakes are high as family try to decipher how much they owe for the upcoming school year.
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Jason is extremely knowledgeable on the subjects covered in this podcast because he not only deals with them professionally, he teaches them at the college level. He was a great professor and this podcast has so far been helpful in my strategic planning regarding graduate school.