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Help Your Students Avoid Identity Theft

August 10, 2017
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Identity thieves are out there. It’s an unfortunate truth, and their victims suffer much more than someone who has $50 stolen from their car. Identity theft occurs when a person commits fraud by posing as someone else. And it can take anywhere from months to years to recover from it. The Nelnet Library offers a guide that explains the precautions to take to avoid identity theft.

Our guide offers a variety of tips designed to help student borrowers keep private information private. This printer-friendly PDF also offers details on checking annual credit reports to ensure that they are accurate. And for student borrowers who may already be victims, the guide offers steps to take to mitigate damage and resolve the situation.

Check out the Nelnet Library for this and other great financial literacy resources.

9 Tips to Help Students Achieve Financial Wellness

August 8, 2017
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It is hard to make a budget, but it is even harder to stick to it. This statement is true at every stage in life, but seems to hold particular relevance while a student is in college. With impromptu social activities and quick access to a variety of dining options, it’s easy to lose track of where the money is going.

We know that by responsibly managing money, a student gains better control of his or her future. To help students manage their money, the Nelnet Library offers Nine Helpful Tips on managing money and sticking to a budget to help plan for the future.

This printer-friendly PDF offers advice to help students take control of their finances with the future in mind. Achieving financial wellness has never been easier.

Check out the Nelnet Library for this and other financial literacy resources.

10 Things Your Students Should Know About Student Loans

August 7, 2017
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Student loans can be stressful. With application deadlines, unfamiliar terminology, and an assortment of repayment plans, student borrowers may break into a light sweat when it’s time to discuss financial aid. To help student borrowers better understand their loans, the Nelnet Library offers a tip sheet with Ten Things a Student Borrower Should Know about his or her loans.

This list explains how student borrowers can avoid further student loan debt by having a plan, making a budget, understanding their loans, and knowing their repayment options. This printer-friendly PDF also explains how repayment is easier when the overall debt of a borrower is lower.

By gaining a better understanding of their loans, student borrowers will be able to avoid the stress that student loans can bring. No sweat.

Please feel free to share this guide with your students and check out the Nelnet Library for this and other great loan repayment resources.

Four Easy Ways to Avoid Delinquency and Default on Student Loans

August 1, 2017

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Student loans offer students the opportunity to receive an education, even when they may not be able to pay for it right away. However, there is a tremendous amount of responsibility that comes with taking out a student loan. It can be hard to make payments on time when a student is trying to find a job or meets financial hardships. To help student borrowers avoid default and delinquency, the Nelnet Library offers a tip sheet with four helpful and easy ways to consult with Nelnet about options to get better control of his or her student loans.

Student borrowers who need help can connect with us through our website, email, phone, and web chat. All of these options will connect students to associates who will assist them in finding the best options when avoiding default and delinquency. This printer-friendly PDF also reminds students to take control of their student loans and contact Nelnet for help when needed.

Having a student loan can be stressful, especially when it is difficult to make payments. Remember that Nelnet is here to help students have great student loan experiences.

Check out the Nelnet Library for this and other great default prevention resources.

Latest from FSA: How Marriage Impacts Student Loans

July 24, 2017

It’s wedding season, and FSA took the opportunity to post a great summary of how getting married can affect student loans to the Department of Education’s Homeroom blog.

The blog post summarizes how getting married can affect a student borrower in a variety of areas, including:

  • Income-Driven Repayment
  • Taxes
  • Repayment Calculations
  • And more

The post summarizes this information in easy-to-follow manner, including offering tables, like the one below, for visual learners.

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Feel free to share this post, along with other content from the Homeroom blog, with your student borrowers.

Credit Card Tips for Your Students

July 21, 2017

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Getting a credit card can be one of the first acts of adulthood. Unfortunately,  a student’s excitement of getting his or her first credit card can overshadow the huge responsibility of having it. Credit cards are useful tools when used appropriately and with the right intentions; however, when they are used carelessly or irresponsibly, credit cards can turn into nightmares. To help students manage the responsibility, the Nelnet Library offers a helpful list of credit card tips that shed light on how to responsibly use a credit card, keep credit scores high, keep interest rates low, and stay out of debt.

Some of these tips include shopping around for a credit card to find the lowest interest rates, assessing the company’s grace period and late fees, and reading the fine print. This printer-friendly PDF also reminds students to pay off the balance of the card at the end of each month to teach themselves discipline while avoiding interest charges.

Having a credit card is a huge responsibility, but through responsible use students can establish credit and raise their credit scores

Check out the Nelnet Library for this and other great financial literacy resources.

Latest from FSA: Notice of Updated Draft 2018-2019 FSA Application Materials

July 20, 2017

FSA recently announced that the proposed 2018-2019 applications for students applying for federal student aid (including FAFSA and SAR) are available for public comment. Please note that only comments regarding the FAFSA, SAR, and related forms should be submitted during the comment period. Comments should not relate to the FSA ID and the Verification Process at this time. Comments will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern), Aug. 14, 2017.

For more information, to access the documents available for review, and to review comments submitted during the 60-day comment period (along with ED responses), check out FSA’s original announcement.