3Rivers Contributors

Eric Hoover

College Funding Analyst

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Eric is the College Funding Analyst for 3Rivers. Having worked with college students since 2011, his primary area of focus is helping members succeed in their academic life. He helps students and parents find and make sense of college funding solutions, the FAFSA, scholarships and grants, federal student loans, student loan consolidation, and more. For more information about how 3Rivers can help students fund college, go to www.3riversfcu.org/students.

#CollegeBound: Filing Your FAFSA - The FSA ID

Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2016

Filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) provides each high school senior and college student the opportunity to receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants,…

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#CollegeBound: 5 Scholarship Tips

Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016

The easiest way to pay for college is to not have to pay for it. Here are 5 tips to help you get the most out of scholarships and grants.* 1. File the FAFSA ASAP The federal…

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#CollegeBound: 5 Student Loan Repayment Tips

Posted on Monday, November 9, 2015

If you're a recent college graduate, chances are, your first student loan payments are coming due. Most student loan servicers offer a six month grace period following graduation before…

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#CollegeBound: Navigating College Admissions, Part II

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015

Last month, we shared Part I of Navigating College Admissions, with a focus on steps students can take before applying to university for a higher chance of acceptance. Here's a look at…

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#CollegeBound: Navigating College Admissions, Part I

Posted on Friday, October 16, 2015

If college is in your not-so-distant future and you're a little confused about where to start with the application process, fear not! We've got some tips to help you navigate college…

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#CollegeBound: Getting the Best Grades of Your Life, Part 2

Posted on Monday, September 21, 2015

After years of working on having better study habits, I finally achieved my goal in my senior year of college, a perfect 4.0 GPA.  Here’s how I did it, and how you can have the best…

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Student Life: The Financial Aid Office

Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Getting to know your school’s financial aid office well is crucial for university students.  While financial aid starts with filing the FAFSA every year, there are many more things…

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Student Life: Getting the Best Grades of Your Life, Part 1

Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

After years of working on having better study habits, I finally achieved my goal in my senior year of college, a perfect 4.0 GPA.  Here’s how I did it, and how you can have the best…

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Student Life: The Ultimate What-to-Bring-to-College List

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2015

Planning the big move to campus (or a place near campus) this Fall? It doesn't hurt to start thinking about it early (read: now!) Here are some tips you'll want to keep top of mind…

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Student Loans: Your Hero or Villain?

Posted on Monday, June 15, 2015

His sneering gaze looks across the table.  In villainous dark robed attire, he hands me that heavy, burdensome ink pen toiled for poor, unfortunate souls.  I can just hear his deep,…

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Student Life: Top 10 Student Loan Questions Answered

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015

Article courtesty of Credit Union Student Choice. 10. Is it too late to apply for student loans? No. But before you apply for any student loans, you want to first investigate and apply for…

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Student Life: Top 10 Financial Aid Questions Answered

Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015

Article courtesy of Credit Union Student Choice. 10. My parents both work and our family’s annual income is relatively high. Will I qualify for any aid? You certainly will. To…

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Graduate College Happier: Resum├ęs Require More Than Just Your Degree

Posted on Friday, May 8, 2015

In our past Graduate College Happier posts, we've discussed thinking of college as an investment, choosing your career rather than your major, and finding the best school at the best…

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Graduate College Happier: Find the Best School at the Best Price

Posted on Friday, May 1, 2015

In our previous Graduate College Happier posts, we discussed thinking of college as an investment and choosing your career rather than your major. Our series continues today with a look at how…

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Graduate College Happier: Choose Your Career, Not Your College Major

Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015

In last week's Graduate College Happier post, we talked about thinking of college as an investment. Today, our series continues as we discuss how important it is that you do your research…

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Graduate College Happier: Think of College as an Investment

Posted on Friday, April 17, 2015

It’s very easy for some graduated college students to shake their fist in the air; feeling frustrated about their low paying job on top of monthly student loan payments. These students…

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Student Life: How to Craft a Winning Scholarship Essay

Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We all love free money, don’t we? Scholarships for college are just that - free money to help pay for your education. The problem is, it seems like everyone else also knows how…

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Student Life: The REAL Cost of a Student Loan

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The average American who takes out student loans will have accumulated just over $24,000 in debt by the time they graduate. However, that is not the amount they will be paying back to the…

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Student Life: The Ins + Outs of the Parent PLUS Loan

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

We all know school costs a great deal, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any cheaper. All too often, your child fills out scholarship after scholarship and takes out the maximum amount…

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Student Life: What You Need to Know About Work-Study

Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

It’s that time of year! I bet a lot of you are receiving your award letters in the mail.  Within them, you might see a line that says you are eligible for money through a grant…

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