blog posts Decreasing Borrowing While in School Aug 14, 2023 1:30 pm25 views Student loans can be a valuable tool for increasing access to higher education, but it does come with a cost. Learn how to limit those costs while in school so you decrease future costs of compounding interest. Funding a College Education Aug 11, 2023 1:30 pm21 views Funding your education can be a daunting task, but there are many tools to help students and their families cover the cost of a college education. Podcast: Help for Renters Jun 21, 2023 12:00 pm6 views In episode 64 of Making Cents of Money, Kari Byer, Director of the APLD & Investigations, joins us again to talk about programs designed to help find and afford renting a place to live. Student Loan Updates Webinars for 2023/2024 Jun 21, 2023 12:00 pm1 views Our Student Loan Updates webinar series will run from July 2023 - March 2024 with 10-20 minute webinars on different topics each month. Podcast: Help for Homeowners Jun 7, 2023 12:00 pm3 views In episode 63 of Making Cents of Money, Kari Byer, Director of the APLD & Investigations, joins us to talk about programs designed to help those who may be struggling with initial and ongoing homeownership costs. Podcast: Get Covered, Illinois May 22, 2023 12:00 pm4 views In episode 62 of Making Cents of Money, Brian Gorman, Director of Outreach & Engagement for Get Covered Illinois, answers our questions about managing healthcare costs. Student Loan Management - Get Savvy Webinar Recording May 3, 2023 1:00 pm0 views Explore methods of student loan management by watching this webinar recording from May 3, 2023. Podcast: Help with Utility Bills May 3, 2023 12:00 pm5 views In episode 61 of Making Cents of Money, we learn about the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). If you're struggling to pay utilities, apply by May 31! Podcast: Return to Repayment (Student Loans Update) Apr 7, 2023 12:00 pm51 views In episode 60 of Making Cents of Money, Andrea and Nikki talk about the current status of federal student loans and how to prepare for the return to repayment which is expected in the next few months. Podcast: Paying for College with Scholarships Nov 18, 2022 12:00 pm79 views In episode 52 of Making Cents of Money, Nikki and Andrea talk to special guest, Kara Holloway, Director of Scholarships at UIC, about paying for college with scholarships. Biden Student Loan Cancellation & PSLF Limited Waiver Sep 15, 2022 1:00 pm251 views Not all federal student loan forgiveness programs are the same. We want to draw your attention to an upcoming deadline to be aware of if you work in public service and will still have a balance after the Biden student loan cancellations are processed. IDFPR Webinars on Temporary Expanded PSLF Aug 19, 2022 11:45 am10 views IDFPR is hosting 4 webinars between now and October 30th on the temporarily expanded PSLF program for Public School Educators. Podcast: Student Loan Repayment (update) May 25, 2022 12:00 pm34 views In episode 41 of Making Cents of Money, Andrea and Nikki discuss some of the big updates on federal student loans that have occured over the past couple months. Podcast: Student Loans Apr 13, 2021 12:00 pm109 views Episode 16 of Making Cents of Money, Student Loans, lays out some student loan statistics, considerations, and protections for borrowers in preparation for our webinar on Student Loan Repayment tomorrow! Setting Goals for Your Well-being Nov 6, 2020 9:00 am3423 views Explore how Maslow's hierarchy of needs and the dimensions of well-being can help you set, prioritize, and manage your SMART goals. 6 Considerations for Finding Funding During COVID-19 Oct 2, 2020 4:45 pm99 views Finding money for your education, especially grad school, can be more difficult now. Read the 6 considerations for finding funding during COVID-19 to learn about searching for fellowships. Exit Counseling is Live for Institutional Student Loan Borrowers Oct 1, 2020 4:15 pm4 views If you borrowed institutional loans to pay for school and are graduating or leaving school soon, don't forget to complete your Exit Counseling to avoid a transcript hold! Completing the FAFSA Nov 1, 2019 12:30 pm963 views The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as FAFSA, is “the largest source of financial aid to pay for college”. Read about important dates, tips & reminders for filing.