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8 Smart Steps to Appeal for More College Financial Aid

Posted by Pierce Conway on Apr 26, 2016 11:00:00 AM

And boost your odds of actually getting it.


If you can’t afford your dream college because it didn’t award you enough financial aid, don’t just give up in defeat. You still have time to appeal for an increase in grants or scholarships.

“It is important for families to know that this option exists, that there is a process in place where they can appeal, and a financial aid officer has authority to make changes” to their award, says Megan McClean, managing director of policy and federal relations for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

While colleges are not required to approve all (or any) appeals, financial aid counselors and families who have made successful appeals say that following these eight steps will maximize your chances of getting more aid.

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Topics: Students

Why Money Makes You Stressed

Posted by Pierce Conway on Apr 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM


Whether or not we talk about money with our friends and family—and we probably don’t—we rarely touch on the subject at work. It’s embarrassing, even taboo, and it raises questions around self-worth and security. However, money and its attendant worry makes its way into the office all the same—dominating our thoughts and affecting performance and focus.

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Topics: money, money tips

Your Guide To Traveling On A Budget

Posted by Pierce Conway on Apr 12, 2016 11:44:33 AM


A tight travel budget is a nasty thing: from lousy accommodation to suspicious-looking takeout meals, a modest piggy bank will make you scream on the inside counting cents on the days when you are supposed to be enjoying yourself. Still, el cheapo trips do not have to be all woe and no fun if you know where to look for discounts, savings, and freebies – and here are a few useful tips on how to get the best vacation value for your money even when pressed for cash.

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7 Tips for the Class of 2020

Posted by Pierce Conway on Apr 5, 2016 11:59:53 AM



Welcome to the Trojan Family class of 2020! You’ve been welcomed into a worldwide network of Trojans and will experience levels of school pride that only exist at USC. Here are some tips that will help make your transition into SC smooth and make the most out of your freshman year.

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Topics: Students

Everything You Need To Know About Buying A Used Car

Posted by Pierce Conway on Mar 29, 2016 11:30:00 AM


Buying a used car from a private party or a dealer can be a very daunting task. There’s nothing more frustrating than buying something that doesn’t work well, especially something as expensive as a car. There are A LOT of things to consider when looking to purchase a car. Before you make the big decision, take these tips into consideration!

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Topics: Auto, Cars, Auto financing

Traditional IRAs Work Just Fine

Posted by Pierce Conway on Mar 22, 2016 11:00:00 AM


When it comes to individual retirement accounts, you have several choices. All offer some tax savings. The big difference is when, exactly, you get those savings.

For some people, a traditional IRA still has a lot of appeal. These taxpayers find that this type of savings plan helps build tomorrow's nest egg while reducing today's taxes, thanks to a deduction that doesn't require itemizing.

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Topics: savings, IRA

Poppin Tags: Being Hollywood Fashionable on a Budget

Posted by Pierce Conway on Mar 15, 2016 12:00:00 PM

If there’s one thing Los Angeles is famous for it’s for being a city of style! Walking down the streets of Beverly Hills and Hollywood can often feel like walking the catwalk during Fashion Week. This leads to the question: how do people afford extravagant clothes and ridiculous LA rents?



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Topics: spending, shopping, fashion

Personal Signature Loans

Posted by Pierce Conway on Mar 8, 2016 4:00:00 PM


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Topics: Loans, private loans, personal finance

Yeezy Taught Me: Money Tips from Kanye West

Posted by Pierce Conway on Mar 1, 2016 1:30:00 PM



Throughout his music and speeches, Kanye West is known to have said some pretty controversial and sometimes downright outlandish stuff. However, throughout his body of work he’s given a lot of financial advice that has proven to be profound. Here are some Yeezy quotes:

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Topics: Students, Debt, saving

21 Tips To Save Money at USC

Posted by Pierce on Feb 23, 2016 11:09:02 AM


Living in Los Angeles and being a student at USC can get very expensive. A budget is necessary for students to avoid getting themselves into a cycle of debt.

The most important step a student can take in being financially responsible is becoming aware of how they spend their money. Make your money go further with these money-saving tips custom for SC students!

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Topics: Students, college, saving

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