College vs. Trade School

August 06, 2021 by First Federal Bank

Continuing your education after graduating from high school is a serious, personal, and complicated decision. You might automatically think college is the way to go, but then you calculate the time and money a college education requires and your sure thing doesn’t seem so sure. Trade or vocational schools offer certification and training in a...

Topics: College, Family

What is the FAFSA?

June 28, 2021 by First Federal Bank

If one or more of your children is getting ready to start looking at colleges, there are a ton of things to think about. Since states the average yearly cost of attendance at a public institution is more than $25,000, one of them is probably trying to figure out how to pay for it. That’s where the FAFSA, or Free Application...

Topics: Saving Money, College, Financial Education, Kids

Saving Money in College

May 03, 2021 by First Federal Bank

Between paying for tuition and covering living expenses, you may find it challenging to save up money while in college. However, by following these simple tips, you may be able to graduate from college with some cash already in your savings account:

Topics: Saving Money, College

Which Debt Should You Pay Off First?

September 07, 2020 by First Federal Bank

Between credit cards, student loans, car loans, and mortgages, you’re probably carrying some debt. On the surface, managing your debt can seem relatively easy — just make minimum payments. However, if you’d like to pay down your debts and increase your cash flow, you have some choices to make. Namely, which debt should you prioritize? Here’s a...

Topics: Mortgage Lending, Personal Banking, Saving Money, College, Financial Education, Credit Cards, Personal Lending, Taxes

What is the 2K Rule?

August 21, 2020 by First Federal Bank

For many parents, saving for a child’s college education is a major source of stress. It’s often difficult, if not impossible, to know how much you actually need to save, as the cost of attending college varies wildly depending on the school and whether your child qualifies for financial aid. Without knowing what college your child will attend,...

Topics: Saving Money, College, Kids

5 Tips to Help You Save for Back to School

July 24, 2020 by First Federal Bank

The Back-to-School season may look different for a lot of families in 2020. School districts are currently exploring the safest ways for students to begin the new academic year, and finalizing their plans. Many are offering a variety of options for parents to choose from.

Topics: Saving Money, College, Budgeting, Kids, COVID-19

Ways to Earn Extra Money in College

August 26, 2019 by First Federal Bank

Amid rising tuition costs and sky-high textbook prices, most college students don’t have much money to spare. However, you can pad out your income with a few side gigs and a little ingenuity. Here are a few strategies to earn extra money in college.Surveys and online workCompanies want to know what you’re thinking — and they’ll pay to find out....

Topics: Saving Money, College

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