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Jul
28
NASFAA requests extension for gainful employment data

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators announced Monday, July 27, that they requested an extension on the deadline for submitting gainful employment data. Continue reading

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Jul
27
News Flash! CFPB files complaint against Student Financial Aid Services, Inc.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a complaint and proposed consent order yesterday in federal court against Student Financial Aid Services, Inc. for illegal sales and billing practices. Continue reading

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Jul
27
Presentation: 6 things you must do to get your first job after college

You’ve got the education. You’ve got the drive. Now how do you get the job. Here’s six things to do for your dream career. Continue reading

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Jul
27
Student Loans 101: What if you can’t afford your student loan payment?

If you’ve just graduated from school, you may not have that perfect job just yet. So money might be a bit tight when your grace period ends. Don’t panic. Here are some options from the U.S. Department of Education. Continue reading

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Jul
26
Social Roundup – 07.26.2015

Visit our blog every Sunday to see what’s been trending on our social media pages for the past week in the Social Roundup! Continue reading

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Jul
24
Alexis Avila ionGuest: Are you prepped & polished for college?

Alexis Avila, and his team of state certified educators, have for 16 years been preparing students for college entrance exams. His tutoring programs span elementary students to college graduates and adults. We interrupted his very busy week and asked him these questions: Continue reading

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Jul
24
Aspire to transfer Federal Direct Loans to MOHELA

Federal Student Aid announced this week that Aspire Resources, a student loan servicer, is ceasing operations as a federal student loans servicing vendor. FSA said that the action is by Aspire’s request. Aspire is a subsidiary of Iowa Student Loan. Continue reading

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Jul
24
Highlights from NASFAA 2015 conference in New Orleans

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators held its annual conference at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, bringing together hundreds of financial aid professions from across the country. Continue reading

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Jul
24
Get rid of your student debt quickly with these tips [infographic]

Student loan debt can become a burden quickly— but it doesn’t have to be. There are ways to save some extra money to pay off your loans quickly! Check out these 5 tips  below: Continue reading

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Jul
23
NACUBO honors professionals and institutions for excellence

The National Association of College and University Business Officers recognized six professionals and five institutions during its annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee, this week. Continue reading

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Jul
23
Cool Stuff #8: The story of a young entrepreneur with student loan debt

I wanted to know everything: how and why he started, how he funded his clothing line, how he balances his current job with everything else he is doing, and if his student loan debt was a road block to any of that.
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Jul
22
NBR: Millennials and Money – part 2 of 3

CNBC produces Nightly Business Report and recently NBR aired the second of a three-part series on Millennials and Money. Continue reading

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Jul
22
Eye On School Success: Midwestern University

Midwestern University is a graduate and professional school focused on medicine with campuses in Downers Grove, Ill., and Glendale, Ariz. Continue reading

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Jul
21
Tara’s on a Budget: Living at home isn’t so bad

My parents (aka my roommates) may beg to differ, but living at home really is not that bad, especially for a money-conscious college student like myself. When it came time to go away to college, leaving the nest just didn’t seem like the best decision for me. I was unsure … Continue reading

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Jul
21
News Flash! Impact of delivering early information about college financial aid

A report released last week by the Urban Institute proposed new ways to inform low-income families about the availability of college financial aid as early as middle school. Continue reading

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Jul
20
Presentation: These colleges will pay YOU back

One thing to consider when picking a school is what kind of return on investment your tuition will get you. Here are some colleges with the best ROI. And if you want to find the ROI on other schools, then check out ionMatch! Continue reading

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Jul
20
Student Loans 101: Before starting on your college applications, 5 top tips

Before you pick your college and sign the note on your student loan, you actually have important work to do. Getting prepared early can help inform you to make the best educational choices – including lowering the amount of money you borrow for school. At the risk of oversimplifying, the less you borrow, the less student loan debt you will have. Continue reading

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Jul
19
Social Roundup – 07.19.2015

Visit our blog every Sunday to see what’s been trending on our social media pages for the past week in the Social Roundup! Continue reading

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Jul
17
How do student loans affect credit scores? Credit industry expert John Ulzheimer explains

In this week’s ionGuest column, credit expert John Ulzheimer explains finance fundamentals, and shows how your student loans can affect your credit score. Continue reading

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Jul
17
News Flash! Survey compares student debt attitudes: Millennials vs Gen X

Millennials see more value in college and are more willing to accept debt to pay for it than other generations, a new survey from Credit Sesame has found. Continue reading

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Jul
17
College selection made easy with ionMatch [infographic]

ionMatch helps you decide which school is best for you based on your goals and circumstances. Find out how much you can expect to earn using real-world salary information from graduates. Compare schools by net price, graduation rate, average debt at graduation, and more. Continue reading

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Jul
16
Cool Stuff #7: Make the most out of this summer with no money

With nearly a month left of summer, now is the time to make the most of what’s left. In many situations, much like my own, it is hard to make the most of what’s left when you are ‘strapped for cash’. Everything these days seems to have a price tag… but there is a way around it. Continue reading

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Jul
15
NBR: Millennials and Money – part 1 of 3

Check out the first of a three-part series on Millenials and Money. From CNBC’s Nightly Business Report, Sharon Epperson reports on ‘smart strategies to help millennials pay off debt’. Continue reading

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Jul
15
Eye On School Success: St. Petersburg College

While it’s a community college, St. Petersburg College has more than 64,000 students at 10 satellite campuses across Pinellas County. Continue reading

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Jul
14
Tara’s on a Budget Special Edition: Tara takes on ionMatch

ionMatch is a useful tool because it guides you (without stress) toward the best college match. The whole process (which took about 20 minutes) allowed me to see a new type of college selection that pushed me to think about my finances, earning potential, and, future goals. Continue reading

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Jul
14
New ionMatch College Search Engine Compares Cost of Education and Salary after Graduation

News ROLLING MEADOWS, IL – July 14, 2015 – Iontuition, Inc. (iontuition.com) a member of the Ceannate companies, announced today the launch of the site’s latest component, ionMatch, a new college search engine designed to help students sift through thousands of colleges to find the right school for them based … Continue reading

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Jul
13
News Flash! Future of student aid the focus at NASFAA conference

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators will hold its national conference in New Orleans from July 19 through 22. The 2015 conference will focus on ideas to reform and improve federal student aid programs and policies, NASFAA said in a statement. Session topics will include lowering defaults with … Continue reading

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Jul
13
Student Loans 101: Dealing with changing loan servicers

Over the years you’re paying off your student loan, your loan servicer may change. Here’s a few tips on how to deal with it. Continue reading

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Jul
12
Social Roundup – 07.12.2015

Visit our blog every Sunday to see what’s been trending on our social media pages for the past week in the Social Roundup! Continue reading

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Jul
10
Is tuition reduction a new trend in higher ed? Answers from ionGuest, Dustin Weeden

We recently caught up with Dustin Weeden, a policy specialist and legislative analyst with NCSL’s Education Program. Earlier this week, Dustin reported on tuition policy changes in Washington and Minnesota. We asked Dustin what this means (trend or not?) for other states, and for any insights he’d like to share. Thanks … Continue reading

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Jul
10
These student loan statistics are meant to help you, not scare you [infographic]

With the amount of student loan debt rising, it is important to understand your personal financial responsibility. GOOD Magazine recently published an article packed with the statistics below. If you find yourself falling into any of these stats, we invite you to check out iontuition.com where you can contact our … Continue reading

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Jul
9
Cool Stuff #6: What I learned to appreciate as an intern

July 9th is National Intern Appreciation Day Since it is National Intern Appreciation day, I decided to write about my experience as an intern. Below are five tasks that I really hated doing, but learned more than I thought I would. #1. Filing an extensive amount of papers Have you … Continue reading

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Jul
8
Financial Literacy: Mellody Hobson at TEDxMidwest [video]

Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, delivers an energetic, thought provoking TEDx Talk that inspires the audience to determine their own financial destiny. Coming from a difficult home environment, Hobson’s ascension in the academic and business worlds offers a clear example of what’s possible when one decides to want more for themselves in life. Continue reading

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Jul
8
Eye On School Success: Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University has been ranked by The Princeton Review as a “Best Midwestern College” and recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a top tier “Best Regional University.” Western Illinois has also been noted for its support of military service members. Continue reading

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Jul
7
Tara’s on a Budget: Best secrets for cheap traveling

In this post I am going to show you how I got around the high prices and was able to book a 7 day trip that includes air fare, hotel, food, and entertainment for $1,102. Continue reading

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Jul
7
News Flash! Watch out for student loan ‘debt relief’ scams

As student loan debt grows, so do opportunities for scams. Sadly, some of those scammers are targeting student borrowers. Continue reading

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Jul
6
Presentation: 5 Student Loan Stats

Are you among the 40 million Americans who have student loan debt? See these surprising facts about student loans. Continue reading

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Jul
6
Student Loans 101: Choosing a college, Part 2

Last week, we talked about what questions to ask yourself when researching schools. Now it’s time to use those answers to find out which schools to apply to. Continue reading

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Jul
5
Social Roundup – 07.05.2015

Visit our blog every Sunday to see what’s been trending on our social media pages for the past week in the Social Roundup! Continue reading

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Jul
3
Are you stressed about your finances? [infographic]

The National Student Financial Wellness Study surveyed 18,795 undergraduate students about their finances. It was revealed that many college students are feeling stressed, but many still try to remain optimistic. Continue reading

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Jul
2
Cool Stuff #5: Are you courteous when using your cell phone?

Did you know July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month? If not don’t worry, I wasn’t aware of this either. Due to the fact that our world is run by cell phones, I think it is important for people to be aware of proper ─ let’s call it common sense ─ cell phone etiquette. Continue reading

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Jul
1
Money Minute: Student Loan Repayment [video]

The Iowa Western University Financial Aid Office offers tips for college students for saving money, dealing with credit cards borrowing money and student loans. Continue reading

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Jul
1
Eye on School Success: Alaska Career College

Alaska Career College offers certificates and associate degrees for fields including aircraft dispatching (an important field in air transport-dependent Alaska), medical assisting, phlebotomy, insurance coding, massage therapy, and business. Continue reading

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Jul
1
News Flash! Why is a universal student loan portal so important?

NASFAA recommends the universal student loan portal so students can access all the necessary information about their student loans (federal, private, and institutional) aggregated in one place to view and manage. The ionManage module has filled that need. Continue reading

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Jun
30
Tara’s on a Budget: How to NOT break the bank during festival season

Summer is finally here and you know what that means, time to start going to concerts. As fun as concerts are they can quickly break the bank. So─ how can one still attend concerts and not go broke?! Luckily I am here to tell you how! Continue reading

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Jun
30
News Flash! Student loan interest rates decrease on July 1

The rates will apply to federal student loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2015 and before July 1, 2016. Continue reading

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Jun
29
Presentation: How to Get Financially Ready for College

Getting ready financially for college takes planning and effort. Here’s advice on how to start getting ready, even if you have a few years before your classes start. Continue reading

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Jun
29
Student Loans 101: Choosing a college, Part 1

You’re graduating high school, you’ve filled out the FAFSA, and you’re ready for the next step with your education. There is one question, however.
What college are you going to? Continue reading

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Jun
28
Social Roundup – 06.28.2015

Visit our blog every Sunday to see what’s been trending on our social media pages for the past week in the Social Roundup! Continue reading

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Jun
26
Inside i3 with ionGuest, Macklin Larsen

Got Student Debt? We caught up with Macklin Larsen to learn more about him, and get a behind-the-scenes-look at i3 Group operations. Continue reading

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Jun
26
If you have student loans you will want this resource [infographic]

Whether you’re an incoming student, undergrad, graduate, or alum, iontuition™ offers learning modules and live counseling to help you successfully manage your student loans. Even under the most challenging circumstances, we work with students to find repayment plans that work best for each individual borrower. For more information on iontuition, check out the … Continue reading

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Jun
25
Cool Stuff #4: Why streaming with Spotify is music to college students’ ears

I downloaded Spotify and was instantly intrigued. Among the vast array of music, there was so much for me to explore. I loved how I could find a playlist that was tailored to whatever mood I felt. The elements of self-expression and sharing is something I really like about the app too; the playlists that you create can be followed by your friends and vise versa. Continue reading

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Jun
24
Genevieve Tran: Financial literacy for the next generation [video]

TED Talks are education sessions on topics of importance organized by the TED Conference. Genevieve Tran gave this TED Talk on financial literacy in Tokyo, where she was teaching financial literacy to kids. Continue reading

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Jun
24
Eye On School Success: Vatterott College

Vatterott College was founded in St. Louis, Mo., in 1969 to provide student career training. Since then it has grown into a network of schools from Cleveland, Ohio to Oklahoma City. The schools are owned by Vatterott Education Holdings which still calls St. Louis home. Continue reading

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Jun
23
Tara’s on a Budget: Retail therapy is not therapy

This topic lies near and dear to my heart. Whenever I am feeling emotional, the one thing I lean on is retail therapy. A new dress, shirt, basically a new anything always has the ability to lift my sprit and put a smile on my face. Recently I came to … Continue reading

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Jun
23
News Flash! CFPB student loan ombudsman resigns

Rohit Chopra, student loan ombudsman for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, resigned from the bureau last week. The Washington Post reported that Chopra had sent a resignation letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Wednesday, June 17. He was the first person to hold the position. Seth Frotman will be … Continue reading

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Jun
22
Student Loans 101: Four types of student loans

  Do you have more than one student loan? Odds are you do, but not every student loan is the same. We want you to understand the important differences between your student loan options, so we’ve summarized them for you here: Subsidized Loans – Direct Subsidized Loans are available only … Continue reading

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Jun
21
Social Roundup – 06.21.2015

Visit our blog every Sunday to see what’s been trending on our social media pages for the past week in the Social Roundup! Continue reading

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Jun
19
Why we need conversational intelligence – ionGuest, Judith Glaser

We are excited about bringing Conversational Intelligence, insights from Judith’s newest book, and culminating decades from her work and research, to the world. While its lessons are universal, we are especially pleased to share it with students, teachers, and anyone interested in, or leading the future of, higher education. Continue reading

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Jun
19
Everything you need to know about college students & money [infographic]

Here are some interesting facts and insights about where and how college students spend their money. Continue reading

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Jun
18
Your official (college) summer to-do list

No matter where you are in your higher ed career, carve out some time during these precious few months to tick some – or all – of these items from your ‘summer to-do list’ Continue reading

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Jun
18
Cool Stuff #3: Classic novels every college student should read this summer

One thing you will learn about me over time about me is that I am very passionate about reading, especially classic novels. I truly believe reading makes people more interesting, thoughtful and intellectual. Reading allows you to see things in different perspectives and pushes you to adopt new ways of … Continue reading

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Jun
17
Don’t Default on Your Loans! Uptown Funk Parody [video]

State University of New York-Cobleskill’s financial aid office offers up this musical take on student loan repayment. For more information about student loan management tools, check out iontuition.com/ionManage. Each week we’ll bring you videos and presentations from the world of student loan finance. We know that there is no single solution … Continue reading

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Jun
17
Eye On School Success: Ball State University

Ball State University is a public university in Muncie, Indiana. Founded as a private teachers’ college in 1899, it became a state school in 1918. The college was named Ball Teachers College in 1922, after a local family that had donated the facilities to the state of Indiana. The university’s board of trustees … Continue reading

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Jun
16
Tara’s on a Budget: Make generic brands your best friend

I really never thought the day would come where I would tell people to opt for generic brands instead of popular brand names. As I child, I would always get so angry with my mom when she would buy the ‘box store brand’ rather than a more ‘cooler’ popular name … Continue reading

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Jun
16
News Flash! Student loan refunds announced for military

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that 77,795 military service members will get compensated for excess interest on their student loans. According to the department, the payments are part of a settlement reached with servicer Navient last year, where Navient failed to provide military student borrowers the 6 percent … Continue reading

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Jun
15
Presentation: The Debt Escape Plan

Any kind of debt can be a challenge to finances. Take a look at the advice in this presentation that can help you get out of any kind of debt. The Debt Escape Plan from Experian_US   Each week we’ll bring you videos and presentations from the world of student … Continue reading

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Jun
15
Student Loans 101: Answers for Corinthian College loan forgiveness

The recent news about the U.S. Department of Education forgiving some of the federal student loans for Corinthian Colleges has raised a few questions. Here are some answers if you have attended a Corinthian Colleges school since June 2014, thanks to the Education Department. Students who were attending now-closed Corinthian … Continue reading

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Jun
14
Social Roundup – 06.14.2015

Visit our blog every Sunday to see what’s been trending on our social media pages for the past week in the Social Roundup! Continue reading

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Jun
12
How much is skipping class costing you? [infographic]

In the moment, skipping class may not seem like a big deal, but the infograph below reveals some alarming statistics that will make you want to rethink the whole concept of ‘playing hookie.’ Check out the iontuition™ tool, ionLearn, for all the financial literacy resources you need.

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Jun
12
I don’t know? Brown University commencement address by senior Michelle Bailhe

What do you do when an eminent scholar says, “I don’t know?” For this graduating college senior and her classmates, the simple acknowledgment of new problems to solve got minds whirring. Below are excerpts of a commencement address on this theme. Continue reading

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Jun
11
Cool Stuff: Commencement quotes to motivate your day

For this week’s blog, Cool Stuff #2, I decided to take the inspirational route. I found four quotes from famous (and maybe not so famous) commencement speeches that really spoke to me. At graduation time, one might find these most inspiring but the truth these words of wisdom can be … Continue reading

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Jun
11
News Flash! Illinois AG says Borrowers Need Education, wants Dept. of Ed to do more

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan last week sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan saying the department isn’t doing enough to educate and protect student loan borrowers. MarketWatch reported that Attorney General Madigan asked Duncan to put a certification program in place to help borrowers find good resources. … Continue reading

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Jun
10
Higher Ed: Bridge to the Future [video]

In this TEDx video, Dr. Thomas Pleger, President of Lake Superior State University, rolls out the benefits of public education, how it’s been funded, and raises provocative questions about “the private good versus the public good”. For more information about student loan management tools, check out iontuition.com. Each week we’ll … Continue reading

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Jun
10
Eye On School Success: Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Gulf Coast University is a public university in Fort Myers, Florida. The university is actually quite young; it was established in 1991 when the state Board of Regents recommended that a new state university be established in Southwestern Florida. Now, almost 25 years later, the campus is home to … Continue reading

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Jun
9
Corinthian College students to have private loans forgiven

News broke today that former Corinthian College students will have $480 million in private student loans forgiven. NPR reported that the loan forgiveness was negotiated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The federal bureau had claimed Corinthian pushed students to take the high-interest loans, a charge Corinthian denies. Eligible students … Continue reading

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Jun
9
Tara’s on a Budget! Live by the 3 R’s: Repair, Refurbish, Reuse

I am going to be honest ─ I am really passionate about this topic. These three R’s are something I live my life by, and right now I am going to tell you why you should too. I would consider myself an average college student. I don’t have an abundance … Continue reading

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Jun
8
Presentation: How to get out of student loan debt

Getting out of student loan debt is actually pretty simple: Keep your payments current and consistent. Here’s a quick presentation with tips on how to get out of student loan debt. How to get out of student loan debt from getoutofdebtguide Each week we’ll bring you videos and presentations from … Continue reading

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Jun
8
Student Loans 101: What IS financial literacy?

  Financial literacy is a term that gets mentioned a lot these days. But what exactly is financial literacy? The short answer is that financial literacy is the knowledge and understanding of how money works. And it goes beyond just earning it and spending it. Financial literacy is about being … Continue reading

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Jun
7
Social Roundup – 06.07.2015

Visit our blog every Sunday to see what’s been trending on our social media pages for the past week in the Social Roundup! Continue reading

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Jun
5
You have finally graduated, now what?! [infographic]

You’ve completed the hardest part of your life so far (college), but are you prepared to enter the real world? Read and share this infographic full of helpful tips that will help new grads, like yourself, get integrated into life after college. Want to learn more? Check out iontuition’s ionLearn … Continue reading

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May
31
iontuition helps schools and students meet APSCU recommendations for Best Practices in Financial Literacy

When the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) released Recommendations for Best Practices in Financial Literacy, their recommendations identified multiple ways that postsecondary schools can provide students with resources to lead financially responsible lives. iontuition™ shares  the APSCU commitment to teach students financial competency by providing accurate information, … Continue reading

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May
29
Cool Stuff #1: Don’t Be Stupid!

Students beware: live streaming via Periscope app raises serious concerns So there you are…after capturing an awesome video, you sit – maybe adding a filter or deleting snippet. Once you feel that your video is social media ready you post it, sharing it with the World Wide Web.Now take the … Continue reading

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May
27
iontuition employees help raise over $40,000 for Nepal earthquake relief

Ceannate Corp, iontuition’s parent company, today announced that its employees have raised more than $40,000 for members of the Nepal community affected by earthquakes that struck the nation on April 25 and May 12. The devastating earthquakes and aftershocks have killed over 8,000 people, injured more than 19,000, and displaced … Continue reading

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May
22
End of school checklist [infographic]

Summer is right around the corner and it’s about that time to figure out how you can efficiently spend your time off. The checklist below has some perfect advice for having a productive summer!  

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May
15
How to file a financial aid appeal [infographic]

Did you recently receive your financial aid award and notice that it is much less than expected? If so, don’t panic. The infographic below explains how you can file a financial aid appeal and get the help you need. For more information go to iontuition’s resource center ionLearn 

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May
13
Press Release: Credit Sesame, iontuition join forces to empower students

Credit Sesame and iontuition today announced a partnership to allow student loan borrowers to manage and monitor their credit, college loans and identity protection all in one place for free. Credit Sesame is a web-based personal finance company that helps consumers monitor their credit and identities. Account holders will have … Continue reading

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May
8
What you should know about student loans [infographic]

The total amount of student loan debt in the U.S. is continuously rising, which poses as an issue to many. Becoming educated on all aspects of student loans will help you avoid the burden of debt. This infographic provides statistics every borrower should be aware of. Educate yourself by reading … Continue reading

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May
1
10 questions to ask your financial aid office [infographic]

Friday, May 1 is National College Decision Day. You’ve made your school selection! Congrats!… Now what? One of the next steps, now that you know where you’ll be attending, is sitting down with a financial aid administrator at your college of choice. These  meetings can be overwhelming, with all the new … Continue reading

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Apr
24
Companies that will offer you tuition assistance [infographic]

As a student, working for a company that provides tuition assistance is a great way to reduce the amount of debt you graduate with. Below are just some of the many companies willing to help you obtain a form of higher education while gaining work experience. Each company has different … Continue reading

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Apr
17
Best U.S. cities for millennials to succeed [infographic]

Millennials hold more student loan debt than any other generation. A better chance for these individuals to succeed will come from living in an area that presents opportunities for economic growth. The infographic below displays some of the top-ranked U.S. cities for millennials to live in. Like this blog entry? Learn more on student loan … Continue reading

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Apr
13
University of Wisconsin system is raising tuition amidst budget cuts

Students at the University of Wisconsin could be paying much more for school next year due to state wide budget cuts for education. Politico reports, “Nine University of Wisconsin campuses will see a significant tuition increase next year, the system’s board of regents said today, as state lawmakers debate a … Continue reading

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Apr
10
5 habits of a successful borrower [infographic]

Follow these steps to get ahead in tacking your student loan debt.

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Apr
3
Welcome to iontuition

A familiar face with a new name and great new products to come in the near future. Check them all out below.

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Mar
27
The basics of a 529 plan [infographic]

Do you know what a 529 plan is and what it entails? This infograph below will help you learn the basics of a 529 plan and how it may benefit you.

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Mar
20
Saving money while in school is possible [infographic]

College is expensive and at times it can be hard for students to save money. The infograph below gives tips on how to cut back and save some extra cash while still in school.

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Mar
13
The Student Aid Bill of Rights [infographic]

The Student Aid Bill of Rights is aimed to help the student loan borrower. The infograph below explains what The Student Aid Bill of Rights entails for the student and how it can help them with the life cycle of their loans.

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Mar
11
Loanlook’s new President

Maureen Peterson has been appointed as Loanlook’s new President. “CEANNATE Corp today announced that effective March 11, 2015, Maureen Peterson will assume the role of President of CEANNATE Corp and its subsidiaries, Financial Management Systems (FMS), i3 Group, Iontuition, (formerly Loanlook), and AuthenticAID. Balaji “Raj” Rajan will continue as CEO.’ … Continue reading

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Mar
6
Loanlook’s CEO lays out plan for student loan reform

Balaji Rajan, CEO of Ceannate Corp., Loanlook’s parent company, released an OP-ED piece that outlines five practices the Federal government can use to improve their student loan program.  These steps, Rajan explains, have all proven to be successful in the private sector already, and can be used as an example … Continue reading

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Mar
6
The importance of on time graduation [infographic]

Taking longer than four years to obtain a bachelors degree can greatly increase the amount of student loan debt accrued. The infograph below explains the importance of graduating on time.

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Mar
2
Loanlook’s parent company establishes strategic Advisory Board: former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings is named Chair.

Loanlook’s parent company, Ceannate Corp. issued the following via press release: “CEANNATE Corp., a BPO firm focused on the education sector has established a Board of Advisors with expertise in higher education, policy development and finance. Former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings will serve as its Chairperson. ‘Every day, CEANNATE … Continue reading

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Feb
27
Become a responsible borrower [infographic]

Managing your student loans can be confusing, but they don’t have to be when using Loanlook. The infograph below explains how Loanlook’s tools can help you become a more responsible borrower.

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Feb
19
Student loan repayment options [infographic]

The variance in the types of repayment plans are designed to meet the borrowers needs. Choosing the right repayment plan is crucial, and can help smooth the repayment process. The chart below allows you to examine some of the payment plans available to students when they are entering repayment.

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Feb
12
Ways to prevent default [infographic]

Defaulting on your student loans can lead to tax refund offsets, wage garnishments, and your federal benefits can be taken away. According to the U.S Department of Education, $14,014 is the average amount in default per borrower. Being proactive and staying up to date on all aspects of your student loans … Continue reading

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Feb
6
Who is your federal loan servicer? [infographic]

Waiting till the last minute to find out who your federal loan servicer is can be detrimental to your financial situation. The infograph below outlines what your servicer can do for you and how to find your servicer if you do not already know.

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Jan
30
Remember free money first [infographic]

The cost of college can be overwhelming; make sure to check out all of your options for free money like grants and scholarships before taking out loans.

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Jan
24
Cutting the cost of college [infographic]

Many students fear how they are going to afford college with tuition rates constantly rising. This infograph explores the average amount of student loan debt borrowers tend to graduate with and how they can minimize that.

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Jan
17
Maximize your financial aid [infographic]

The infograph below shows how submitting the FAFSA early could potentially maximize the amount of financial aid given to you by the state.

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Jan
9
Student debt impacting young entrepreneurs [infographic]

The inforgraph below shows data from recent studies on how student loan debt is impacting entrepreneurs and start-up companies.

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Jan
3
Income-driven repayment plans [infographic]

Many students who are repaying their Federal loans aren’t aware of available income-driven repayment plans. These plans are based on the borrower’s discretionary income, making repayment obligations more affordable with lower monthly payments. There are different requirements and benefits for each repayment plan and it is important to explore all … Continue reading

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Dec
23
Set your student loan notifications [infographic]

According to UCAS Media, “four-fifths (82%) of new university and college students own a smartphone”, making mobile app “push” notifications a great way to stay on top of your loans.  We want students to stay connected to their loan data in the easiest way possible. Your education should be your … Continue reading

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Dec
19
Global financial literacy key to effective loan management

The Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center, which is affiliated with The George Washington School of Business, recently featured a new report, The Economic Importance of Financial Literacy. Based on research conducted from 13 countries which measured people’s knowledge on financial literacy, millennials were the least knowledgeable with only 28% answering … Continue reading

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Dec
10
Budgeting with Loanlook

In many cases, college is the first time students are required to become financially independent. Failure to keep track of future repayment obligations can lead to serious consequences down the road. A recent Nationwide study found that 84% of college students admitted they need more education on financial management. Even … Continue reading

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Dec
2
Loanlook introduces the EDLink Utility

The Loanlook team is pleased to announce that they will be rolling out the new EDLink utility in the very near future. EDLink allows a borrower to securely update the student loan information within their Loanlook.com account. By installing EDLink locally, users can auto-schedule periodic updates to their loan data, … Continue reading

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Nov
21
Our Live Chat feature gives instant answers to your student loan questions

Sometimes even the most user-friendly tools can’t replace a human touch. If you have questions about your student loan, or you’re just more comfortable interacting with a person, consider using Loanlook’s Live Chat feature. Live Chat allows you to interact immediately with one of our expert loan counselors. The visual … Continue reading

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Apr
30
NSLDS/Federal PIN

Say NO if anyone asks for your Federal PIN to help you with your student loans!  The Federal PIN is for you, and only you, to access your student loan information on NSLDS. While the government’s site is helpful, there are several firms that can help you actively manage your … Continue reading

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Apr
24
Take a different approach to find your dream job

Today I watched a webinar excerpt called: The 80/20 Guide to Finding Your Dream Job. The title stood out to me because, hey who doesn’t want their perfect dream job?! The video was done by Ramit Sethi, New York Times bestselling author and founder of I Will Teach You to … Continue reading

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Apr
22
Helping One Another, Why?

What Makes Us Want to Help Others?! Today I was scrolling through my social media feed and stumbled over something quite interesting. It was research done by a team of Yale psychologists who studied what makes us help one another.The psychologists went about this study by conducting experiments that involved … Continue reading

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Apr
17
Advice from a College Student: The Importance of Staying Organized

A vital component that contributes to college success is organization. If you keep your life organized you will be able to create a balance in your life. Sometimes, I personally lack in the organization department, so I decided to interview a college student that is my close friend, who has … Continue reading

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Apr
8
What is Your Journey?

Do you ever look in the mirror and ask yourself, “How did I get to where I am today”? That question refers to the journey you took to get exactly where you are in this moment. That journey is what defines who you are and makes you different from one … Continue reading

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Apr
3
Who is Your Inspiration?

Success is a common goal that most people share, but the way we define success is different. Each person has their own unique experiences, role models, and opinions. In my blog post today, I am going to talk about my inspiration and when you are done reading this I encourage … Continue reading

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Apr
1
Why Can’t You?!?

If James Franco Can Do It, Why Can’t You? If you look through any tabloid you will see celebrities and the luxurious life they live, but do you ever wonder how they got there? In today’s culture it is a rarity that people become famous through hard work. We see … Continue reading

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Mar
27
Become Successful

Be Successful in Everything Achieving success is about balancing all different components of your life. For many people this may be hard to do, luckily I’ve done my research and found the best and/most helpful tips to make yourself successful in everything. Although this may seem like an oxymoron, listen … Continue reading

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Mar
25
Boosting Your Resume

Boost Your Resume SB2014 Recently, I read over an article that can be beneficial to those students who are not going somewhere for spring break. While your friends are away, make your spring break count in a different way; boost your resume! Get ahead of the game because summer is … Continue reading

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Mar
21
Your American Dream

What does the American dream mean to you? For decades the phrase ‘American dream’ has been alluded to by politicians, sung about in songs and celebrated the pursuit of it in books.  But there is no universal definition that can be tagged to the American dream; it can only be … Continue reading

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Mar
19
Tips To Stay Healthy While In College

Staying Healthy In College For this week’s blog post, I am going to talk about ways to stay healthy and boost your immune system. Unless you attend a college in a warm climate, you are probably experiencing the weather change from winter to spring. Warm weather is great but those … Continue reading

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Mar
14
How To Work Your Way Through College

How to Get a Job in College College is expensive, and that is a known fact. Many components such as repaying your tuition, room and board, and food contribute into making that statement true. This idea can put a lot of stress on students. I am going to give you … Continue reading

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Mar
12
Who Knew Waking Up Early Could Actually Benefit You?

 The Benefits of Creating a Routine & Waking Up Early   As a college student, waking up for that 8am class could be described with any negative adjective in the English language. What I recently learned, however, is that waking up early for classes is actually benefiting me. Although waking … Continue reading

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Mar
6
College Tips: From the Perspective of a Sophomore

Sophomore Year College Tips As I was looking for new blog post topics I read over a dissertation called ’27 college Tips I learned Sophomore Year’. The title appealed to me because normally college tip pages tend to be aimed towards freshman. I found the tips not only relatable but … Continue reading

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Mar
4
Spring Break 2014!

It’s that time of year again: Spring Break. What college student doesn’t want to go to a cheap, affordable beach destination? I found the Top 5 college-oriented destinations for Spring Break 2014. Panama City Beach, Florida How could these 27 miles of beach not make my list? This beach destination … Continue reading

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Feb
27
Confidence to Succeed

Confidence in 3 Simple Steps Confidence can change an individual’s life. Yes, that is a bold statement, but I stand by it because I feel like it has positively impacted me. Here are some things I do to create confidence not only with myself but with my life. 1) Talk … Continue reading

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Feb
25
How Can You Make Stress Beneficial?

How Can You Make Stress Beneficial? Eustress vs. Distress As I begin this article I want to define what stress is; According to scientist Hans Selye stress is the “rate of wear and tear on the body”. Stress is seen in different perspectives due to the fact that it affects … Continue reading

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Feb
19
Dedication Leads to Success

Harvard Graduate & Olympian: Dedication Leads to Success   Dedication can be a hard thing for college students to wrap their heads around, due to the immense potential for distractions. If you set a goal for yourself and stay true to that goal, you will see how far dedication will … Continue reading

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Feb
17
Don’t Just Show Up To Class, Get Involved

Don’t Just Show Up to Class, Get Involved   When students enter college, there are many apparent differences from high school. The size of the school is generally larger, which means more students causing the size of each class to grow. Some classes in college can reach up to 150 … Continue reading

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Feb
7
The Secrets to Become a Successful College Student

Recently I read a NY Times article giving basic tips on how to be successful in college as an incoming freshman. Even as a second semester college student I found these tips to be beneficial, leaving me wishing I had read this before I began college. The article contains nine … Continue reading

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Feb
7
The road to success from the perspective of a college student

My name is Tara, and I am a college student. I attend a community college in the suburbs of Illinois. As a college student, I am here to speak about the struggles and success that we students face on a daily basis. Every person that goes to college has a … Continue reading

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Feb
6
2014 VDay contest

Loanlook is having a Valentine’s Day giveaway! If you follow @loanlook and retweet any of our VDay tweets, you will be qualified for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift card. The contest will go until February 13th, 11:59 CST. Make sure to let your friends know because, if … Continue reading

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Jan
28
Wes Welker might just give you a $1,000

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker and Loanlook, Inc have created a special partnership this week to promote responsible student loan repayment. By activating their Loanlook™ account before Super Bowl kickoff this Sunday, borrowers will have the opportunity to earn $1,000 from the Wes Welker Foundation. Students and former students from … Continue reading

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Apr
26
Students and Parents – Watch out for Unfair Capitalized Interest from your Federal Servicer

When my PLUS loans were transferred from Direct Loans to the Federal Servicer (TIVAS), they stopped me from making payments because it took them up to 6 weeks to get the data on my loans. Then it took them 6 more weeks to figure out the repayment plan amount which … Continue reading

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Apr
4
College Scholarship Blog Features Loanlook

Loanlook was recently featured on the College Scholarships Blog calling us, “One of the best student loan debt help apps on the market.” You can check out the full article here.    

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Apr
1
An update from Loanlook’s CEO

Students, be aware — Direct Loans left me a message last week to call them for some information on my “student record.” When I called them, they said that they STILL HAD A LOAN THAT DID NOT BELONG THERE AND DID NOT GET TRANSFERRED TO MY NEW SERVICER. (See blog … Continue reading

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Mar
6
Loanlook just got better!

At Loanlook we are constantly working to improve the user’s experience not only with our site, but with dealing with student loans in general. Our latest enhancement gives you the ability to tell Loanlook what information regarding your loans you’d like us to monitor and alert you about.  It is … Continue reading

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Jan
24
A Message from Loanlook’s CEO

See below for a real life example of Loanlook in action.  Has Loanlook helped you in some way? Email us your story at info@loanlook.com so we can share it with the world. “I have multiple PLUS loans for both my children and they are held by Direct Loans (ACS). They … Continue reading

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Dec
26
Duane Starks joins “Athletes for Loanlook”

Athletes for Loanlook has added another member to its already impressive lineup. Former NFLer Duane Starks is joining Eric Winston, Fred Taylor, Isreal Idonije, and Wes Welker in supporting financial literacy for students through Loanlook. Duane Starks played in the NFL from 1998-2007. After winning a Super Bowl with the … Continue reading

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Dec
5
Wes Welker supports Loanlook. Do you?

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker is the latest Athlete for Loanlook to join in the public campaign for the site. Wes began by taking to social media to spread the word on Loanlook and there are some very exciting developments involving Wes so stay tuned. Congrats to @harrisoncoll … Continue reading

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Nov
18
Want to win an iPad mini courtesy of Israel Idonije?

Chicago Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije is teaming up with Athletes for Loanlook to give away an iPad mini to one new Loanlook user. To enter for a chance to win, all you need to do is register for a FREE Loanlook account using referral code Izzy71 between November 18th … Continue reading

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Nov
1
Register for a Loanlook account for a chance to win a pair of Kansas City Chiefs tickets

Kansas City Chief’s tackle Eric Winston is teaming up with Athletes for Loanlook to give away a pair of NFL tickets to one new Loanlook user. To enter for a chance to win, all you need to do is register for a FREE Loanlook account using referral code EW74 any … Continue reading

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Oct
18
Athletes for Loanlook kicks off with Fred Taylor

University of Florida alumnus and NFL star running back Fred Taylor joined Loanlook on UF’s campus earlier this week to promote the benefits of using the site.  The occasion, marking the first official Athletes for Loanlook event of the fall, was a smash hit on campus as many students stopped … Continue reading

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Oct
9
Fred Taylor Joins Loanlook for UF event in Gainesville

Great news for Loanlookers in the panhandle state! “Athletes for Loanlook” member and University of Florida alumnus Fred Taylor will be on UF’s campus with the Loanlook team on Monday, October 15th, to promote financial well being for students by utilizing Loanlook.  Taylor, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars, is scheduled … Continue reading

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Oct
4
The Loanlook app is now available for iOS

We’ve got good news for Loanlookers with an Apple device (e.g. iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch). The Loanlook app for iOS is now available in the App Store! We want to hear from you. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions about our iOS (or Android) app, send your feedback … Continue reading

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Sep
25
A new way to refresh your loan information

In line with the Education Data Initiative, the U.S. Department of Education has made changes to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). With these changes, NSLDS added the MyStudentData Download feature, which allows you to download a text file of your loan data and pass this information to your … Continue reading

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Sep
24
An important update about your loanlook.com account

UPDATE: The Loanlook team has successfully resolved the issue described below.  The ability to refresh Federal student loan and grant information has been restored for all Loanlook users. Thank you for your patience. ORIGINAL MESSAGE: Some Loanlook users are temporarily unable to refresh their Federal student loan and grant information … Continue reading

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Sep
21
We’re mobile! Download the Loanlook app for Android

UPDATE: Loanlook mobile apps are now available for Android and iOS. Loanlookers with an Apple device should check out our blog post dated October 4 or search the App Store for “Loanlook” [updated 10/4/2012]. ORIGINAL MESSAGE: We’re excited to announce that the Loanlook mobile app for Android OS is now … Continue reading

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Sep
21
Tennessee students: check out what you’ll earn when you graduate

If you’re a student planning on working in Tennessee after graduation, you’ll want to check out this helpful dashboard provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). The Tennessee Employment and Earnings Dashboard (located towards the bottom of THEC’s home page) let’s you see real information about graduation outcomes and … Continue reading

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Sep
14
You can now see your Private/Alternative student loans on Loanlook

You can now access your Private student loans (also referred to as Alternative student loans) with your Loanlook account! Just Log in to your account and select the Loan Manager tab. Under the “Private Loan Information” section, select “Click here to add private lenders” and the follow the directions provided. … Continue reading

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Sep
13
What is Loanlook?

Watch this short video to find out.

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Sep
10
Save money. Pay off your loans the smart way using the Optimizer.

Hey Loanlookers, here is a video to show you how to use the Optimize calculator on the Loan Tools page.

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Aug
27
Check us out on TechCrunch

Check out TechCrunch’s take on Loanlook – http://techcrunch.com/2012/08/27/call-them-maybe-loanlook-simplifies-student-loan-payments-with-live-advisors/

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Aug
22
NYTimes Bucks blog gets the scoop on Loanlook

NYTimes Bucks blog gets the scoop on Loanlook – http://bucks.blogs.nytimes.com/2012 /08/22/a-web-site-that-aims-to-help-manage-student-loans/

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Aug
13
Introducing the “Athletes for Loanlook” program

“Athletes for Loanlook” is a program provided by Loanlook, Inc. in association with professional athletes who are engaged in their communities and passionate about student success.  The athletes involved promote awareness among students regarding the importance of proper financial and credit management, particularly surrounding student loans. Our current roster of … Continue reading

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Aug
7
Putting students in control of their loans

Loanlook.com is a one-stop site for students and parents to track, plan, manage and effectively control all aspects of their Federal student loans and grants. Private education loan information will be available on the site starting in September 2012. Loanlook supports a comprehensive community of users. High school seniors who … Continue reading

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Aug
1
Welcome to the Loanlook blog

Welcome to our blog, your source for the latest information about loanlook.com, student loans, and the higher education industry at large. From here, we’ll announce new site features as they roll out, share tips from our student loan experts, and keep you up-to-date on the latest financial aid news. Stay … Continue reading

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