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Stop treating college as a business

Calvin Ratana

October 29, 2013

For many students, college is the way for us to be able to obtain a secure financial future. Society tells us that if we want a future for ourselves and family, college is the way to go. Of course the matter of paying for college occurs, however many advisors tell students to apply for FAFSA or apply...

Sallie Mae accused of mistreating student veterans

Sallie Mae accused of mistreating student veterans

Anne Christensen

September 11, 2013

The student loan company Sallie Mae is under investigation for allegedly violating federal laws protecting student veterans. The company is accused of excessive interest charged on veterans' student loans despite clear legislation prohibiting such practices. In 2008, the Federal Deposit Insurance Co...

Students’ loan debt may not be worth the cost of college

Christina Cocca

October 9, 2012

Some students may be forced to consider the payoffs of college when paying off the loans after student loan debt hit the $1 trillion mark last year, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. According to the CSU Graduation Initiative, CSUN’s average graduation rate is less ...

Invest in your education long-term; No down payment necessary

Raewyn Smith

March 4, 2012

It’s no secret that the government is attacking the higher education system in California with budget cuts and penalty fees. Last month, students at UC Riverside released a proposal to fix the education crisis; students would attend University of California schools with no upfront charges and upon...

Financial Aid TV helps students learn about loans, grants and federal work study programs

Mandi Gosling

August 25, 2010

Tania Cabeza estimates she waited an average of 40 minutes every time she called to speak to a counselor in the CSUN Financial Aid and Scholarship Department in the weeks before beginning the Fall 2010 semester. The 34-year-old doctoral student in educational leadership said in addition to the long...

Mint.com: Making it easy to save and budget

Jacky Guerrero

January 25, 2009

Mint, is possibly one of the scariest yet helpful websites ever! Why is it scary, you may ask? Well, because it puts everything into perspective all in one screen. This website inputs your bank account information, your loan's, your credit card debt and anything else you might have accumulate. It infor...

Debt. Whose fault is it?

Jacky Guerrero

December 10, 2008

As a college student I know that the money I earn combined with the little money I get back from financial aid is barely enough to support my lifestyle, which by the way is not grand. After a few very bad experiences with over drafting, credit card payments, and loans, I feel that I have learned my lesson...

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