• The power of systems: How to stay on top of school and money

    College is an exciting time, but it’s also full of new experiences and obstacles. Among the usual challenges, you'll face higher prices and a higher cost of living. That makes striking a balance between money and school a top priority.

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    The power of systems: How to stay on top of school and money
  • Paying for College: Financing Options, Scholarships, and More

    Paying for College: Financing Options, Scholarships, and More

    It's no secret that paying for college can be expensive. The average cost of tuition and fees for the 2021-2022 school year was $38,070 at private colleges, $10,740 for state residents at public colleges, and $27,560 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. For students living on campus, that number can climb to nearly $14,000 more for room and board, and the costs to attend college rise yearly. But don't worry! There are plenty of ways to finance your education without breaking the bank. We'll run through some options to get you started.

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  • Trouble Adjusting Financially to College?

    Tips to Make Changes to How You Spend Money, So It Lasts all Semester

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    Trouble Adjusting Financially to College?
  • College readiness: HACAC and HawaiiUSA

    College readiness: HACAC and HawaiiUSA

    College is such an exciting milestone, but it can be daunting if you don’t know where to start. KHON2’s John Veneri got the inside scoop from Sheldon Tawata, Community Relations Chair at the Hawaii Association for College Admission Counseling (HACAC) and Stacie Rosa, Community Partnerships Manager at HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union.

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  • How to Apply for Financial Aid

    What You Need to Know about the FAFSA

     

    Financial aid is a great way to cover college expenses. Yet, finding student aid and applying for it can seem like a daunting task for students and parents. Still, it's easier and less painful than it sounds, and what the aid covers might surprise you.

    College-bound students and their parents need to know the answers to common questions before applying for aid with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). So, where do you begin, and how much can you expect to get? We researched the topic to bring you these answers and more to prepare you for your college career.

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    How to Apply for Financial Aid
  • How Student Loan Scams Work

    How Student Loan Scams Work

    Student loan repayment is making headlines — and so are student loan scams. Whether it’s federal extended repayment pauses, loan forgiveness programs, or other forms of student debt relief, borrowers are likely to click through for details. While student loan borrowers are eager to learn ways to trim their debt, scammers are eager to get information from them to fatten their wallets.

     

    You can outsmart these bad actors by understanding how student loan scams work.

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  • Starting Your Financial Life? Here Are Tips For New College Graduates

    Graduation is the end of one phase of your life — and the beginning of an exciting new one. You’re on your own. You’re ready to start your career (or take a stop-gap job until you find the right position in your field). And you’re poised to make your own financial decisions, maybe for the first time in your life.

    You have all the power here. But, as they say in Spider-Man, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

    Here are some steps you can take to make responsible choices with your finances as you’re starting out.

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    Starting Your Financial Life? Here Are Tips For New College Graduates
  • HawaiiUSA FCU helps students acquire real world experience in finance

    HawaiiUSA FCU helps students acquire real world experience in finance

    See the interview with Kainoa Carlson of HI Now, HawaiiUSA’s Bryan Yucoco, and Waipahu High School’s Brent Murakami

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  • HawaiiUSA supports teachers’ professional development with Chaminade University

    HI Now host Kainoa Carlson speaks with HawaiiUSA’s Stacie Rosa to learn about our support for local teachers through their partnership with Chaminade University.

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    HawaiiUSA supports teachers’ professional development with Chaminade University
  • HawaiiUSA FCU works to promote financial wellness in Hawaii’s schools

    HawaiiUSA FCU works to promote financial wellness in Hawaii’s schools

    See the interview with Kainoa Carlson of HI Now and HawaiiUSA’s Bryan Yucoco.

     

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  • Can your home help pay for college?

    If your child recently received a college acceptance letter from their first-choice school, you both have reason to celebrate. But the letters that soon followed were likely a real party pooper. Is the gap between your child's college tuition bill and their financial aid award package larger than you expected? Even after adding in scholarships, grants, and federal assistance, the balance due before the start of the semester may be more than you have in your savings account.

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    Can your home help pay for college?
  • Need/no need: dorm room essentials and inessentials

    Need/no need: dorm room essentials and inessentials

    Buy this, not that. Know when to splurge and when to buy the cheap stuff.

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  • Need/no need: budget practices

    A college student’s guide to budgeting and saving.

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    Need/no need: budget practices
  • Need/no need: social engagements/entertainment

    Need/no need: social engagements/entertainment

    Have fun with your friends, without going broke. Learn how to save money and have a social life.

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