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Paying for College

Don't Get Conned Paying for College: Five Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams to Watch Out for this College Application Season

Abigail Seldin | Posted 09.29.2015 | College
Abigail Seldin

What's scarier than a pile of blank college applications? How about being conned out of your college savings by the very people promising to help you pay for school. Thousands of students and parents are targeted by those seeking to capitalize on the public anxiety around tuition costs.

One Year Closer to College: Don't Panic, Plan

Patricia Roberts | Posted 09.28.2015 | Education
Patricia Roberts

As national College Savings Month nears its end, it couldn't hurt to quickly check with your state's 529 college savings program, or with a financial advisor, to identify and take advantage of any special incentives, educational sessions or contests that may still be underway.

Very Few Colleges Actually Cover Full Financial Need

U.S. News & World Report | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.15.2015 | College

This article originally appeared at U.S. News & World Report Lots of families can't afford to pay the full sticker price that a college charges. S...

How To Bring Down Exorbitant College Costs

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 08.29.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

Lawmakers from across the country are in a perennial tug-of-war over the best ways to make college affordable and to find solutions to the student debt crisis, and so are several presidential hopefuls.

Hillary Clinton's College Affordability Plan: What Could It Mean for You?

Brianna McGurran | Posted 09.23.2015 | College
Brianna McGurran

Future college students -- who face rapidly rising tuitions -- and today's debt-laden grads both could benefit from a proposal unveiled Monday by Hillary Clinton at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.

What Changed In College Admissions This Summer

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 08.10.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

If they've done it the right way, members of the Class of 2016 are just coming back from their Best. Summer. Ever. to realize it may be time to get serious about college. Since many college-bound families started their search in junior year, the biggest question they have right now is "What's changed over the summer?"

How I Paid Off $22,000 In Student Loans In Only 9 Months

GOBankingRates | Posted 08.07.2015 | Money

I cut our grocery bill in half. The grocery total would vary every month. But in January 2014, I only spent $170 on groceries -- my lowest total ever. I like to feed my family organic produce, but I had to let that go for the sake of a bigger goal.

10 Ways to Pay Off Your Student Loans in One Year

GOBankingRates | Posted 07.16.2015 | College

The good news: Employing all of the following 10 tips can help you get rid of your student loans in just one year. There are, however, a couple of things to consider, such as how much you owe versus how much you're earning. 

Understanding 529 College Savings Plans

Terry Savage | Posted 07.13.2015 | College
Terry Savage

There is probably no investment more important than the one you make for your child's education. It will pay to take the time to research your options, and set up a regular plan of investing.

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 | Posted 05.31.2015 | College

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.