Financial Wellness

Helping you manage your money, for school and for life!

July 30, 2013
by Carissa
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Financial Aid and Tuition Updates

Your educational expenses play a huge role in overall financial literacy, so it’s important to be aware of any changes to costs or funding as you progress through your program.  With that in mind, here are a few important updates regarding recent changes that are happening here at Franklin.

First, effective Summer 2013, Franklin began disbursing financial aid in two installments.  This is a change from our previous disbursement schedule, which would apply all financial aid in one lump sum.  Please be sure to review the new 2013 fall and 2014 winter disbursement schedules to get a better understanding of when your aid will be applied.

Second, the new 2013-14 tuition rates will go into effect beginning in Fall term.  Planning for tuition increases can help you better manage your finances as you move forward in your educational journey, so please review our guest post from the Connections blog to see how you can do just that.

If you have any questions regarding the disbursement schedule or tuition rates, please feel free to contact our Financial Aid Department or post your questions as a comment.

July 26, 2013
by Carissa

Student loan bill set to pass

If you haven’t heard all of the reports lately regarding federal student loan interest rates, it may “interest” you to know that the rates on subsidized Stafford loans doubled on July 1st.  However, the Senate has approved a bill to tie those rates to market rates, which means any undergraduate loans taken out since July 1st will be at 3.9% interest and graduate loans will be at 5.4% interest.  These rates will be locked in for the life of any federal students loans taken out during the 2013-14 federal aid year.  As ABC News reports, the House is expected to also pass the bill soon, making it all but a done deal.

Although this does help current borrowers, keep in mind that when the market starts to improve, so will these interest rates.  If you are not familiar with how student loan interest rates work, or the different types of federal loans that are available, or how you can save money by making payments while in school, please click on each of those links to learn more.

Have questions?  Leave us a comment, or email


July 17, 2013
by Carissa

Confused by the new Pay As You Earn repayment option?

The Pay As You Earn repayment option was introduced in December of 2012 as another way to help loan borrowers make their monthly loan payments more affordable.  In a nutshell, borrowers who are eligible for this option will have payments that are based on what they earn rather than what they owe, with payments capped at no more than 10% of discretionary income.  Additionally, borrowers may qualify to have the remainder of their student loan balance forgiven after 20 years of repayment – a better option than the 25 year forgiveness being offered under other repayment plans!

To learn more about this repayment option and to find out if you qualify, check out this webinar clip brought to you by iGrad and student loan expert Heather Jarvis:

July 11, 2013
by Carissa

Freeze your credit BEFORE your ID is stolen

Did you know that you can proactively prevent others from opening new accounts in your name, or from gaining access to your existing credit reports, even before ID theft occurs?  Credit freezes can be used to do just that, and are a great way to ensure that no new credit activity is occuring without your consent.

Credit freezes can also be “thawed,” which grants temporary access to new lines of credit or inquiries — good to know if you’re applying for a new credit card or loan, or if your report is being reviewed for a housing application or for an employment background check.

For more information on freezes, thaws, and fraud alerts, check out the FTC website  or Clark Howard’s guide to credit freezes and thaws.