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Published: May 01, 2024 8 min read
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Out of the way, April showers and tax season — May and its flowers have entered the chat.

Like always, there’s still work to be done on the personal finance front, no matter how sunny the weather gets. Normally, prospective college students should have received their financial aid awards by now — but that’s a lot more complicated this year thanks to the botched rollout of the new FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

That’s why we’re here with information to help college-bound students and their families understand their financial aid letters and make an enrollment decision. We also have some insight into how homebuyers can navigate the spring season amid high mortgage rates; and even though tax season is over, now is the perfect time to set yourself up for success next year.

Keep reading for the best money moves to make this May.

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1. Read your financial aid offers carefully