|Getting ahead of debt
To achieve this objective, we have done extensive research on the causes of debt; these include some things families might not expect – like taking more than 4 years to graduate, not including a financial safety school in their applications, borrowing an amount that’s inappropriate for their career choice, and simply not understanding the math.
We continuously work with high school students to understand what they need to know and how they like to learn (videos, quizzes, games, short scannable articles). To get an idea of how this works, check out our Student Loans 101video, our page “Is there a right amount to borrow?” or our simulation game College Crossroads.
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Here’s the best part: students, parents, mentors, teachers, and counselors can use this site absolutely free. There are no advertisements, and they do not need to provide personal information to access the content. College Money Matters relies on donors and sponsors for funding.
Relevant content, targeted audience
It is challenging for students to find the information that is relevant to them. Many sites cover every possible option or eventuality which makes the information they provide hard to absorb. Or they try to address multiple audiences, sometimes even including college graduates. College Money Matters contains only the information that high school students need now, so they easily find what they need.
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