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Paying for College

College Highlights for 2016, Predictions for 2017

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.21.2016 | College
Patrick O'Connor

There are two great parts to the last day of school before December Break. The first one is the student who has the poise to wear fake reindeer antler...

3 Jobs You May Have Not Thought Of To Help Pay For College

Megan Brame-Finkelstein | Posted 09.30.2016 | College
Megan Brame-Finkelstein

If you're looking for a way to pay for school that doesn't involve schlepping diet coke's or fighting with a fax machine, give one of these 3 flexible jobs a try.

Odds and Ends at the End of College Season

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 04.27.2016 | College
Patrick O'Connor

May 1st is the date many colleges ask students to submit an enrollment deposit, so it's largely seen as the end of the college application season. Since May 1st is a Sunday, it's being extended by one day, in a year where, in many respects, the end really needed to come sooner, not later.

Massachusetts Unveils First U.S. College Tuition Rebate Program

Reuters | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.22.2016 | College

Massachusetts on Thursday unveiled what state officials called the first initiative in the country to offer tuition rebates to full-time students who ...

Ask Brianna: I'm Drowning in Private Student Loans. What Should I Do?

Brianna McGurran | Posted 02.19.2017 | Education
Brianna McGurran

Federal loans have benefits that private loans don't if repayment becomes difficult later on, like monthly payments based on your income or forgiveness if you work in public service. But maybe you didn't know that when you were figuring out how to pay for college.

Here's what parents can do to help their children avoid student loan debt.

Jocelyn Paonita Pearson | Posted 02.07.2017 | Parents
Jocelyn Paonita Pearson

It's funny. Whenever someone asks what I do, I explain that "I help students learn how to pay for college without taking on student debt". I cannot ...

What Are States Going To Do To Make Higher Ed More Affordable?

Stateline (The Pew Charitable Trusts) | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.25.2016 | College

Students who applied early to the University of New Hampshire will know by the end of the month if they were accepted. Then many would-be Wildcats wil...

Ask Brianna: I Want to Go to Grad School. How Should I Pay for It?

Brianna McGurran | Posted 12.08.2016 | Education
Brianna McGurran

There's no one way to pay for grad school. Students often cobble funds together using savings, student loans, income from work or an employer stipend if that's available.

Pay Down Student Loans and Save for Retirement: You Can Have It All

Brianna McGurran | Posted 12.04.2016 | Business
Brianna McGurran

You might think it's impossible to save for retirement while you pay down student loans. Think again. Saving for retirement in your 20s is crucial; put away even a small amount now, and it will have decades to grow into a strong foundation for when you retire.

Student Loan Payback: Should You Stick to Your Plan or Refinance?

Brianna McGurran | Posted 12.02.2016 | Education
Brianna McGurran

It's a lot more fun to celebrate college graduation than it is to develop a student loan repayment strategy. So if you're a new grad with federal loans, you'll likely end up on the default standard repayment plan, which requires you to pay a fixed amount every month for 10 years until your loans are paid off.

In Alleged FAFSA Scam, Parents and Students Charged for Free Services

Brianna McGurran | Posted 11.03.2016 | Education
Brianna McGurran

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has sued Global Financial Support Inc., alleging that it deceptively markets and charges for financial aid services that students and families could otherwise get for free.

Ask Brianna: I Have Extra Cash. Should I Pay Down Student Loans or Build an Emergency Fund?

Brianna McGurran | Posted 10.29.2016 | Money
Brianna McGurran

There are golden rules in the personal finance world, and this is one of them: An emergency fund is absolutely necessary, even if you have a big student loan payment.

The Student Loans Secret Weapon You Didn't Know You Had

Brianna McGurran | Posted 10.21.2016 | Education
Brianna McGurran

Understanding how your loan servicer works, and communicating regularly with the company are your secret weapons for keeping your student loans under control.

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

Abigail Seldin | Posted 09.23.2016 | 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 09.28.2016 | 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. So, u...

How To Bring Down Exorbitant College Costs

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 08.29.2016 | 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 08.11.2016 | 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 08.08.2016 | 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 08.07.2016 | 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 07.16.2016 | 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 07.13.2016 | 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 06.04.2016 | 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 05.26.2016 | 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 05.13.2016 | 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.