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Scholarship Award
 

Twice a year, we will award $2,500 to any qualifying college (or college-bound) student who can answer a tricky trivia question.

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College Finance 101
 

Make it to graduation without student debt with this guide to building credit, saving money and minimizing student loans.

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About FinanceU
 

Welcome to CompareCards FinanceU, where you will find all of the resources and information that you will need to navigate the treacherous landscape of financing your education.

Obtaining a college degree is a huge financial burden to many students and their families and it’s only getting worse. Our goal is to help students and parents navigate the crippling effects that student loan debt can have on families.

Since more than 70 percent of college students graduate with student loans and our national student debt is a staggering 1.1 trillion, we’ve compiled resources for both students and parents. CompareCards FinanceU will assist with planning ahead, evaluating the total cost of a college education and understanding the return on your investment.

CompareCards EdU $2,500 Scholarship Award
 

CompareCards is proud to introduce the EdU Scholarship Award. Twice a year, we will award $2,500 to any qualifying college (or college-bound) student who can answer a tricky trivia question.

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Financial Sense
 

The return on a college education remains at about 14-15%, "easily surpassing the threshold for a sound investment.” It’s encouraging to know that college is still worth the investment; however, it doesn’t make the financial burden easier to bear for families struggling to put their kids through school.

Students and families can ease the financial pain and make smart choices before they start school to help make college more affordable and set students up for financial success after graduation.

It is not possible for every student to graduate from college debt free. Most students will be faced with paying off college debt upon graduation. In fact, the Pew Research Center found that households headed by a young, college-educated adult without any student debt have a net worth of about seven times the net worth of their counterparts who have student debt.

It is crucial to make smart financial decisions while still in school to limit the financial burden as much as possible, as this will have a direct and lasting impact on your financial health for the rest of your life.

The average starting salary for 2013 graduates with a bachelor’s degree is $45,000 and job opportunities are increasing. Graduating college and moving into the real world is an exciting time, but also a time in which young adults have to make difficult decisions about their future. It’s the perfect time to implement good money management that will lay the foundation for a healthy financial future.

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College Finance 101

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Infographic: CompareCards FinanceU Syllabus

FinanceU Syllabus infographic

This infographic provides a checklist for students and young adults at each stage of the college process; pre-college, during college, and post-college. View Infographic

Infographic: 20 Easy College Scholarships

Twenty College Scholarships

This infographic includes 20 college scholarships that are simple to apply for, without difficult requirements. View Infographic

Making Sense of College Finances

There are important steps that students and parents can take before, during, and after college that can make paying for an education more manageable. This three-part series entitled, FinanceU: Making Sense of College Finances, provides an in-depth look at how students and their families can manage finances before, during, and after college.

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