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Zac Bissonnette is the author of Debt-Free U and the New York Times bestseller How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents. His new book, GOOD ADVICE FROM BAD PEOPLE: Selected Wisdom from Murderers, Stock Swindlers, and Lance Armstrong was just released by Portfolio/Penguin. He has written for various media outlets including Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg, and The Daily Beast. In August 2013, he was blocked on Twitter by Donald Trump.

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7 Pieces Of Good Advice From Bad People

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 7:45 AM

The Self-Help and Actualization Movemen t-- or, as critic Steve Salerno calls it, SHAM -- is big business, with annual sales of more than $10 billion. Dr. Phil alone earns $72 million per year, according to a Forbes estimate.

Those sales figures make telling other people...

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How to Manage Your Money So You're Not Mooching Off Your Parents in Your 40s

(70) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 8:17 AM

All parents dream of a better life for their children and, ideally, a life so good that it doesn't involve bad choices and huge debt for their twentysomethings. So what's the secret? In my latest book, How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents (Portfolio/Penguin, April...

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The Student Loan Disclosure Document that Every Borrower Should Read

(12) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 2:05 AM

One of my greatest concerns about the way most students make their college financing decisions -- and one of the key reasons I wrote Debt-Free U: How I Paid For An Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, Or Mooching Off My Parents -- is this: Very, very few...

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How Student Debt Will Ruin Your Life

(2) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 8:41 AM

In my book Debt-Free U: How I Paid For An Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, Or Mooching Off My Parents, I show families how anyone can get a great education without loans. But the question I'm most often asked is this: "What's so bad about student loans?...

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The Student Loan Train Wreck: Why the Default Rate Is Just the Beginning

(16) Comments | Posted July 21, 2010 | 11:51 AM

New data obtained by the Chronicle of Higher Education reveals that of student loans that entered repayment in 1995, fully 20% have since gone into default.

I wrote about the new data on DailyFinance last week and it is indeed horrifying.

But here's what most horrifying:...

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Why PayScale's Data on Which Colleges Offer Best ROI is Useless

(5) Comments | Posted June 30, 2010 | 6:42 PM

PayScale's latest data showing the return on investment of attending various schools is getting a ton of press.

The Wall Street Journal has an item on the data, and so does The Chronicle of Higher Education. On the surface, it's quite interesting. Payscale looked at the...

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For-Profit Colleges Hardly Have a Monopoly on Student Exploitation

(7) Comments | Posted May 8, 2010 | 5:30 PM

In recent months, a number of media outlets have launched bazooka on bumblebee smack-downs of the for-profit education industry. PBS's Frontline recently aired College, Inc., and Bloomberg BusinessWeek has reported on the for-profit industry's recruitment of the homeless.

But with only about 7% of...

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Emily Bennington's Even Worse Advice for Recent College Graduates

(3) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 10:47 PM

In a piece entitled 'The Worst Career Advice Continually Given to College Seniors', Huffington Post blogger Emily Bennington offers her counter-intuitive approach to job hunting for the recent grad. She writes:

. . . if you're still hunting for post-grad jobs at the moment, don't settle for anything too entry-level....

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Why College Is a Terrible Investment to Finance With Loans

(11) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 3:42 PM

According to the latest data (PDF) from The College Board, two-thirds of college students are graduating with student loans -- with 25% of those who borrowed owing more than $30,500.

Tuesday on DailyFinance, I discussed the data showing just a few of the lifestyle ramifications for...

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