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How to Avoid Predatory Student Loans

Mary Johnson | Posted 09.16.2015 | College
Mary Johnson

If you are coming up a little short on funds to pay this semester's tuition bill, you may be looking for last-minute student loans to help fill the gap. Before resorting to high-cost private loans, make sure you have first exhausted all of your federal loan opportunities.

Get Ahead of Your Student Loans Before Summer Ends

Stephen Dash | Posted 07.20.2015 | College
Stephen Dash

For high school graduates and college students, summer break is a great time to relax and enjoy the weather. However, it's also an important time to plan for the next academic year and ensure that you take advantage of the resources available to help students like you.

4 College Savings Mistakes Even Savvy Parents Make

LearnVest | Posted 06.02.2015 | Money

Arlene George assumed that her child's college education would come with a hefty price tag, so she started saving when her daughter, Aimee, was three months old.

Financial Aid Award Letters: Eschew Obfuscation

W. Kent Barnds | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
W. Kent Barnds

I often find myself helping a prospective student or parent understand an award offered by another institution. So, I thought it might be helpful to point out a couple of things that often lead to so-called "a-ha" moments with families. In the last three weeks, I've run across a variety of interesting factors that do not eschew obfuscation.

Jillian Berman

College Debt Is Crippling Black Graduates' Ability To Gain Wealth | Jillian Berman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Business

Millions of Americans are plagued by student loans, an albatross hindering them from taking adult financial steps like buying a house or moving out of Mom and Dad’s basement. But one group is disproportionately affected by student debt.

Degrees Not Debt

Lily Eskelsen Garcia | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Lily Eskelsen Garcia

How do you tell a promising student with the heart and mind to be a fantastic teacher that she can't afford to join us in the world's best profession?

This Video Explains What It's Like To Repay Student Loans

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 08.08.2014 | College

There are a lot of things to be said about student debt in the United States. Our collective student debt in the United States stands at a crushin...

Competition for Low-Wage Jobs Hurts Kids Looking for Summer Work

Gary Stein | Posted 09.01.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

High school kids have a far greater chance of having no summer job or even an after-school job than at any time in the recent past. They are being squeezed out of those jobs by college-age and older workers.

Diverse Conversations: Let's Talk About Financial Aid

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 08.15.2014 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The Washington Post reports that the average college student will graduate with $25,000 in debt. With over $1 trillion in outstanding loans, student d...

Politicians Pull the Real 'Con' in 'Kids Before Cons' Act

Piper Anderson | Posted 08.13.2014 | New York
Piper Anderson

In the name of indebted students, Governor Cuomo's plan to fund college credit bearing education programs in 10 New York State prisons was ditched within a month of his celebratory announcement. Now we're all left with nothing.

Hillary's Right On This One

Suzan Johnson Cook | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Suzan Johnson Cook

Why don't they just stop? Hillary's absolutely right on this one. As a former senior-level appointee in the White House, under two presidents and three cabinet secretaries, I came out last October, 2013.

Reforming College Debt, Part II: Possible Solutions

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 07.20.2014 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

There aren't many people who will dispute the value of a college education. College graduates tend to have higher levels of job satisfaction and quali...

Reducing Tuition, Not Offering More Loans, Will Make College Affordable

Munir Moon | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Munir Moon

Until we address the root cause of the problem, students will continue to graduate with big debts that not only burden them, but create a drag on the economy as a whole.

Drinking to the State of the Union for Women

Martha Burk | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

For years I played the "drinking game" during the State of the Union speech, but it got so I couldn't make a dent in a single glass of wine when it came to counting the number of times the word "women" was uttered.

Student Loans Got You Down? 5 Tips to Make Them More Affordable

Ethan Senack | Posted 03.10.2014 | College
Ethan Senack

Dealing with students loans can be stressful -- even overwhelming. Here are a few tips to minimizing how much you pay and keeping your debt manageable.

It's the Principal, Stupid

Bob Hildreth | Posted 03.04.2014 | College
Bob Hildreth

Congress brought out their knives and spears this year to fight over the interest rates you have to pay on your college loans. Those in favor of lower rates said they were coming to your rescue. Forget it. You are still sinking. "It's the principal, stupid!"

Repaying College Loans on Minimum Wage

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 02.26.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

College students are paying more for their education each year, but are they really getting more for their money? While the number of college graduates in the U.S. steadily grows each year, they are reporting themselves to be unemployed and underemployed in higher numbers.

Tyler Kingkade

Young Americans Know Who They Blame For The Student Debt Crisis | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.04.2013 | College

NEW YORK -- A majority of young Americans say student debt is a major issue facing the nation, a new poll finds, and many blame colleges for the probl...

To Cut College Loan Default Costs, Reform For-profit Schools' Taxpayers Subsidies

Terry Connelly | Posted 11.06.2013 | College
Terry Connelly

Taxpayer-funded tuition dollars aren't just paying for teaching; they're paying -- in full -- the costs of attracting the gravy-train pipeline of student borrowers! Detroit's automakers would envy that advance form of bailout.

JPMorgan To Stop Making Student Loans

Reuters | David Henry | Posted 09.05.2013 | Business

NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co will stop making student loans in October, according to a document reviewed by Reuters on Thursday, a...

CHART: Student Debt Costs Hundreds Of Thousands In Future Wealth

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.04.2013 | Business

The real cost of student loan debt is far greater than you may think, according to a new analysis. A household with $53,000 in outstanding student...

A New Way to Finance College

James G. Moseley | Posted 09.28.2013 | College
James G. Moseley

Under this system, everyone who is admitted to a qualifying institution receives a college education for $5,000 per year, making college no longer dependent on socio-economic standing.

What You Can Do About Your Student Loan Debt

Reuters | Posted 08.31.2013 | Fifty

(The writer is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.) By Chris Taylor NEW YORK, July 1 (Reuters) -...

9 Ways the Right's Cradle to Grave "Randian State" Is An Assault on Millennials

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Born at the dawn of the Reagan era, Millennials were the first generation to be fully subjected to the all-out assault of the idea that we take care of each other in this country. Some of us are the parents of Millenials, and we wonder: who will fight with them, and for them?

Drowning in Debt to Get a Degree

Randi Weingarten | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Skyrocketing costs have put postsecondary education out of reach for many people, which threatens to exacerbate America's already vast economic divide. Congress must act to ensure that runaway costs don't rob them of their dreams.