Get Help With your Student Loans…For Free!


As a graduate student, I am not looking forward to paying back my student loans. I mean, who really is? But it’s something we have to do. There are all types of repayment plans out there to choose from, but it can become a little overwhelming, right? Right! And we all have gotten phone calls from those companies that are promising you a low monthly payment on your student loans. I know I have, and it’s quite annoying. But have you ever really listened to what they are saying. These companies want to charge you for something you can do, by yourself or with the help of your loan servicer, for free!

You can check out this blog post I wrote on the Department of Education’s Homeroom Blog, on getting help with your loans for no fee at all. The blog post also tells you where you can go to get help if you think you’ve been suckered into paying for this help.

If you or a friend ever need help or have questions about your student loans, you best bet is to start with your student loan servicer, also known as the people you have to pay. If you don’t know you your servicer is, you can find out who your loan servicer is on Federal Student Aid’s website,

Along with information about your loan servicer, there’s a ton of resources you can use related to student loans and you can find them on

Happy repaying!



August Alsina: Dreamy but Dangerous

Now we all know new R&B heartthrob, Mr. August Alsina is one we need to look out for. His music is great, he’s not a one hit wonder, and might I add he is goregous! But Mr. Alsina seems to have what some might call a short temper. Since August Alsina has hit the scene he has had two public incidents that have some people questioning him.

There was an alleged “beef” between Alsina and veteran R&B star, Trey Songz.

Alsina appeared on BET’s 106 & Park to promote his new album. Evidently before the interview Alsina told hosts he didn’t want to talk about the alleged beef. But 106 host, Keisha Chantè, asked anyway which seemed to piss him off. Alsina responded, “So you’re just gonna go against the grain? I just told y’all not to ask me that shit when I got up in here,” I’m sure after that it was pretty clear that he meant what he said.


Then, recently, while performing at a show in Little Rock, Arkansas a fan steals his hat while he was crowd surfing. Alsina stops the show and curses at the crowd to give him his hat back.

Watch here:

Apparently the hat was given to Alsina by a family member who had passed away. Which is completely understandable, the hat had sentimental value, but his approach was a little harsh. He never did get his hat back, and the show ended there.

I wish the best for August Alsina in his career! Keep the good music coming!

Obama Shops at Well-Known Washington Bookstore

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is doing his part to support small businesses.

Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha dropped in Saturday at Washington’s Politics and Prose bookstore and purchased what he said was a “long list” of books that included “The Kite Runner,” ”Harold and the Purple Crayon,” and “The Sports Gene.”

The president said he bought a reader for every age, from 5 to 52 — his age. He paid by credit card. The total was not announced.

Obama sent a tweet earlier Saturday about the importance of supporting small businesses.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving has become known as “Small Business Saturday.” It’s designed to drive business to mom and pop shops between the whirlwind of Black Friday sales offered by large retailers and Cyber Monday deals from online sellers.

(Photo: AP)

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