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Marcos Cordero
Marcos serves as CEO of, a top source of unbiased information on college savings plans. Each week, tens of thousands of families visit seeking objective advice on 529 plans, financial aid, scholarships and other ways to save and pay for college. The site provides performance, rankings and key features of over 150 different 529 plans, as well as helpful articles geared toward helping American families and financial professionals meet the challenge of paying higher education costs.

Prior to his current role, Marcos had a successful career in management consulting, primarily in the Strategy and Operations Group at Deloitte Consulting, where he advised a variety of Fortune 500 clients. Marcos holds a BS in mechanical engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is frequently quoted by the popular press on topics related to college savings. When he’s not busy leading the troops he is an avid beach volleyball player.

Entries by Marcos Cordero

Why the President's 529 Proposal Just Didn't Add Up

(5) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 3:54 PM

Approximately two weeks ago, the president announced an educational reform initiative that included removing the federal tax benefits from 529 plans. Under current law, savings in a 529 plan grow tax-free and withdrawals are not taxed when used for higher education. What quickly ensued was a wave of media frenzy,...

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Can Financial Aid Determine Your Fate?

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 10:43 AM

As the school year comes to an end, high school seniors are saying goodbye to teachers and friends as they prepare for their journey to college. Over the last four years, these students have paid their dues by making the grades, participating in extracurricular and volunteer activities and cramming for...

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As Student Debt Rises, Is the Allure of College Fading?

(5) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 11:35 AM

$1.08 trillion. As you may have heard, that incredibly large number was our country's amount of student loan debt in 2013.

With unemployment rates still well above pre-recession levels, some college graduates are wondering if their degree was worth the price. Millennials, those born after 1982, were one of the...

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Is Holiday Gift-Giving Collective Insanity?

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 1:42 PM

$46 billion. That's what the National Retail Federation estimated the value of holiday merchandise returns was in 2011. They also found that 35 percent of gift recipients returned an unwanted Christmas gift. Yet according to a Consumer Reports survey, shoppers planned to spend about 21 hours buying and...

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Will Our Savings Culture Doom the Next Generation?

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 12:11 PM

84%. That number has to be haunting families.

What is it? The near doubling of cost from 2000 to 2010 in college tuition, room and board, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. That's right; odds are that you went to college for half the price or less...

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The Actual Value of a Diploma

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 5:46 PM

When we think about higher education, we often times first think about the rising costs of college and the student loan debt incurred thereafter. But the reality is that the actual value of a diploma far exceeds the amount we pay for it.

The most obvious benefit of a...

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College Student Loan Debt Crisis and Its Effect on the Economy

(13) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 3:23 PM

Debt. We all have it. And we all dream of a day when interest rates and fees are far from us. But what if your debt was so high and so overwhelming that there was no end in sight? Well, unfortunately, that is exactly where student loan debt is heading.

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The Link Between Unemployment Rates and the Lack of Qualified Professionals in America

(65) Comments | Posted October 27, 2012 | 6:52 PM

With the 2012 presidential election only two weeks away, we are hearing a lot about unemployment rates and how they have not dropped enough since Obama took office in 2008. And while the current economic crisis is in large part to blame, there is a larger problem at hand: many...

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