Apr
09
Posted on 09-04-2017
Filed Under (News) by Paul Anthony Rivers

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State legislative leaders made a deal that created free tuition at the City University Of New York and the State University Of New York-for both community colleges and four-year colleges and universities-for families with annual incomes up to $125,000.  Middle-class families with college-bound students can now attend college without going broke.

This deal gives 94,000 families in New York State an opportunity for free public college tuition.  However, there is a catch.  Those that receive free tuition and graduates from college must live and work in New York State for the same amount of years it took to get the degree.  For example, if it takes you 4 years to get a degree, you must work and live in New York State for 4 years.  If you decide to live and work outside of New York State after graduating, you must pay back the tuition cost in loans.

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Mar
26
Posted on 26-03-2017
Filed Under (News) by Paul Anthony Rivers

For over twenty years I have worked with parents from all backgrounds dealing with the financial aid process.  The most troubling parent I have experienced is the first-generation parent with the college-bound student.  They are not knowledgeable about the financial aid game and they don’t know who trust to give them the proper guidance.  They are not comfortable in investing in information or professionals to help them succeed financially.  They are very tentative.  You can’t blame them.  Unfortunately, they try to do it on their own which cost them a lot of money at the end (a bunch of loans).  Here is my advice for first-generation parents with college-bound students seeking free resources to pay for college.  SEEK HELP FIRST!  But make sure you are getting the right information to use based on your unique circumstances.  Hire a professional.  Make sure you do your homework and check their background before committing to their service.  Get the help.  It’s a must.

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Mar
22
Posted on 22-03-2017
Filed Under (News) by Paul Anthony Rivers

The admissions department and the financial aid department is where you will find most of the college resources.  It is best to find out what financial resources are available by checking their endowment.  Most private colleges and universities have BIG ENDOWMENTS.  However here are the areas where you will find the money, Academic Scholarships, Athletic Scholarships, Employment and Loans.  Do your research first before you attend a school.  Find out the amount of money available at each school you are interested in attending and how much they are willing give you to attend there.  Go For The Dough!

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Mar
11
Posted on 11-03-2017
Filed Under (News) by Paul Anthony Rivers

Employer-paid tuition opportunities are available when you work for an organization.  In other words, any job you get, you should look to see if your employer would assist in covering college costs. The most popular programs are scholarships, tuition reimbursement, co-op and internshipsScholarships usually go to employees or children of employees.  Tuition reimbursement is when the company you work for allows you to take college courses and gives back the tuition cost upon you completing the course. The Cooperative education is a program that combines your college major’s requirements with off-campus job experience.  Internships are another method of getting monies from an employer. This is when the employer pays you while you gain experience in your major.  You must check with your employer  human resources department for these money opportunities.

 

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Mar
05
Posted on 05-03-2017
Filed Under (News) by Paul Anthony Rivers

If you are willing to sacrifice a few years of your life, or one weekend out of every month as a reservist, you definitely can cash in from the armed forces to pay college costs.  The military is not for everyone.  However, the benefits they offer is beyond paying for college.  I am still benefiting after graduating from college.  There are so many ways to skin this cat. From joining full-time, part-time as a reservist, attend their universities and joining a ROTC program while you are in college.  If you take out student loans, the military will pay for them after graduation.  AWESOME!  This way of getting funding for college is a great way to supplement your college cash flow.  Get all your detail information from your nearest recruiter.

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Feb
11
Posted on 11-02-2017
Filed Under (News) by Paul Anthony Rivers

Maximizing on financial aid opportunities requires a team.  In other words you are going to need professionals that specializes in various areas in the financial aid game.  Your level of success is determined by the guidance of high school counselors, financial aid administrators at colleges, admissions counselors, tax planners and financial aid consultants.  Having a team helps to simplify the complexity of the financial aid game and it increases your financial opportunities.  Teamwork make the dream work.   Get the help you need to get the money you want!

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Jan
29
Posted on 29-01-2017
Filed Under (News) by Paul Anthony Rivers

If you don’t Get It, you don’t Got It.  What do I mean about that .  If you have not figured out that there are plenty of money you don’t have to pay back to pay the rising cost of college today, you are in serious trouble.  That means you don’t GET IT.  If you know that there are resources you can use to fulfill your dreams of getting a college degree, YOU GOT IT!  The reality is, once you know, you have to do what is require to obtain the free financial resources.  You Must Take Action! That means, read books, attend workshops, hire professional guidance on the financial aid process.  You Get It!

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Jan
22
Posted on 22-01-2017
Filed Under (News) by Paul Anthony Rivers

It is 2017 and there are new rules to the financial aid game to try to trip you up.  However, when you have a winning game plan and a winning philosophy, the rules never matter.  The process of maximizing on financial aid opportunities begins with your mindset.  There’s is plenty of money available for you to cover college costs you don’t have to pay back.  The truth is, you have to put yourself in the position to get it.  That may require you, to get the right information, hire the right professionals and get the proper guidance.  It’s that simple.  make this a great year for you.  Get that money!

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Dec
26
Posted on 26-12-2015
Filed Under (News) by Paul Anthony Rivers

The financial aid system creates unnecessary pressure on parents to pay college expenses for their college-bound student.  I truly believe that the burden should not be placed on the parents.  It should be on the student seeking a college education.  Here is why I beleive the student should embrace the responsibilty.  Firstly, a college education is not an investment.  It’s an individual (student) accomplishment.  A parent spending money toward a college education can not determine what their expected return would be. Parents cannot expect any monenary gain or reward. There goal is to build wealth and pass it down.  I aquired a college education and neither of my parents made a financial contribution.  It is the student’s dream.  A dream the student would have make a reality.

Secondly,  there are more financial opportunities today in the history of the financial aid process.  It would not be smart for a first-generation parent to try to finance a college expenses without having any financial resources or a middle-class parent to use there savings or retirement.  As  middle-class parents we will not assist in financiang our children’s college education.  If they want to achieve a college education, we will provide all the necessary information to guide them and give them emotional support.  You see, our goal is to pass down wealth we accumulated (to the next generation.) A college education, they will have to get on their own.  Period.  College-bound students need to HUSTLE! and make their dreams come true.

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Dec
12
Posted on 12-12-2015
Filed Under (News) by Paul Anthony Rivers

Don’t you know students today have the greatest opportunity to get MASSIVE amount of FREE money to pay for college despite the rising tuition costs.  There are BILLIONS of dollars  available each year. In fact students are able to amass a million dollars.  Have you heard of these students: Darrius L. Quarles (Morehouse College), Donavan Colquitt (University of Michigan), Ariana Alexander (Penn University), Christopher Gray (Drexel University) and Nicholas Ponce (Ferris State University.)  They all obtained more than a MILLION dollars in free fundig to pay for college.  Any student can do it if they are willing to learn about the financial aid game and put forth the effort and HUSTLE!

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