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Paying for College

Great Summer Apps and Websites for College-Bound Juniors

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.04.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Juniors, you're in a tough spot. You want a summer filled with beach; your parents want a summer filled with college prep, and writing essays on the sandy shore is out. What to do?

5 Key Questions to Ask on a College Visit

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Often built in as part of a family vacation, summer campus visits can give students a chance to see a college that's too far away to visit in the fall.

Avoid This Trap When Using a Roth IRA to Pay for College

Mike Branch, CFP | Posted 05.15.2015 | College
Mike Branch, CFP

Paying for college is challenging enough. Paying for college while saving for retirement can be nearly impossible. There is only so much money to go around. Roth IRAs can be a great way to bridge the gap between paying for college and saving for your own retirement.

You Got Into College! Now What?

Abigail Seldin | Posted 05.12.2015 | College
Abigail Seldin

From packing up your room to shopping for dorm décor to saying goodbye to your closest high school friends, preparing for your first year of college can get pretty hectic.

How To Easily Finance Multiple College Funds

Amandah Blackwell | Posted 05.11.2015 | Money
Amandah Blackwell

College seems to get more expensive each year. With increases in tuition and fees, parents with multiple kids wonder how they'll manage to pay for or at least help pay for half of their children's college educations.

Choosing a College? Don't Do This

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.21.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It's getting down to the wire for members of the Class of 2016, who have until May 1 to put down a deposit at the one (and only one) college they'll be attending.

College Planning Checklist for High School Juniors

Abigail Seldin | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Abigail Seldin

The spring of junior year can be one of the most exciting and productive periods in the college search and admissions process. At most schools, it's the time when your high school guidance counselors finally start paying attention to you.

5 Things NOT To Say To Your Teen About College Decisions

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.01.2015 | Fifty

It used to be that all college admission notifications were delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. You didn't even need to open the letter to know what...

4 Common Student Loan Problems -- And How To Deal With Them

Credit.com | Posted 05.31.2015 | College
Credit.com

There are many resources for student loan borrowers trying to figure out repayment, and some go to financial planners for advice on how to manage their student loan debt as a part of a broader financial strategy that will carry them into retirement.

Paying for College: 5 Things to Know About College Financial Aid Letters

Abigail Seldin | Posted 05.17.2015 | College
Abigail Seldin

Don't let the headache of untangling financial aid letters spoil the thrill of getting into college. Here are five things to keep in mind as you evaluate your options for attending and paying for school.

Comparing Federal Student Loans to Other Household Debt is Popular -- It's Also Wrong

Carlo Salerno | Posted 05.16.2015 | College
Carlo Salerno

Is it really appropriate to compare student loans with mortgages, auto loans and credit card debt? If I put on my consumer hat, it feels like we should. If I put on my economics hat though, student loans seem absurdly incomparable to practically every other form of household debt.

It's Our Turn to Be Generous

Philip Gulley | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion
Philip Gulley

We have forgotten that we benefited from the generosity of those who went before us. And now it is our turn to be generous, now it is our turn to return the favor, but we don't want to.

How To Talk To Your Parents About Paying For College

| Posted 02.02.2015 | Teen

The time has finally come. After touring countless college campuses, spending hours writing your application essays and waiting anxiously for those ac...

Don't Let the FAFSA Ruin Your Holiday Cheer: 10 Financial Aid Myths Debunked

Abigail Seldin | Posted 02.26.2015 | Education
Abigail Seldin

According to a recent analysis by Mark Kantrowitz, Senior Vice President at Edvisors Network and author of "Filing the FAFSA," roughly 2 million students who could have qualified for need-based Federal Pell Grants in the 2011-12 academic year never filed.

Fiscal Fitness: Higher Education Must Be Run Like a Business

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

Without exception, each and every college and university must keep their fiscal house in order at all times by maintaining a balanced budget with "rainy day" funds that promote freedom, action and innovation.

Free Tuition Follow Up

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 12.07.2014 | College
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

Over the last few months, I've written two articles about colleges offering free tuition for students, a topic that continues to be discussed nationally.

10 Ways To Help Your College Student Avoid The "Financial 15"

Anna Colton | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Anna Colton

You may remember the infamous freshman 15: too many slices of pizza plus too few trips to the gym equals a few extra pounds in the first semester. ...

Americans Are Saving More Than Ever For College

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 09.09.2014 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) — The good news is that Americans are saving more than ever for college. The bad news is that the average amount wouldn't come close...

3 Steps to Help Our Children Earn An "A" In Personal Finance

Andrew Plepler | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Andrew Plepler

The United States has a lot going for it. We have the world's largest economy. We're home to eight of the world's top 10 universities. We won the most...

4 Ways To Finance College Whether You're the Parent Of A Recent High School Grad Or A Newborn

Andrew Plepler | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Andrew Plepler

For many, college is the launching pad for a successful career. But others opt to pursue their dreams without a four-year degree. The debate around th...

Free College Tuition - The Right Way to Pay?

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 10.25.2014 | College
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

The conversation about free college tuition is growing louder and larger as educators and lawmakers try to find a way to produce an educated workforce without sending students into mountains of debt.

Student Loans: Size Matters, Right?

Jim Gibson | Posted 09.05.2014 | College
Jim Gibson

We just so happen to live in a culture where bigger is perceived as better. But that not always be the truth, especially when you are considering taking on thousands of dollars in debt.

White House to States: Help School Counselors Now

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 09.01.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

The profession that has spent decades discussing student assessment and teacher tenure must radically improve the way school counselors are viewed and able to do their work in eight weeks.

Why Grandparents Are Paying For College -- Again

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.06.2014 | Fifty

It used to be that come high school graduation time, the fattest gift envelope could be counted on coming from Grandma and Grandpa. In a good haul, th...

Objections to Better Training in College Advising

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 04.29.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Readers of this space are more than familiar with my favorite topic--but in case you're brand new, here's the summary: • Most school counselors rec...