How to Budget for Student Loan Payments

Students

How to Budget for Student Loan Payments

How to Budget for Student Loan Payments

The annual cost of college education has risen by 130% in the past 20 years, according to the College Board, so it’s no surprise so many of us have student loan debt. Finding out if you can afford your student loan payments is an important preliminary step, but making the payments happen can prove even… Read More

20 Private Colleges With the Highest Student Loan Debt

Students

20 Private Colleges With the Highest Student Loan Debt

20 Private Colleges With the Highest Student Loan Debt

Tuition at private colleges is often much more expensive than at public institutions, and debt levels among private- and public-school graduates have a similar gap: Of the 20 private and 20 public schools that produce graduates with high debt loads, the average debt loads differ by more than $8,000, according to a report from the… Read More

103-Year-Old Texas Woman Fights to Keep Her House

Mortgages

103-Year-Old Texas Woman Fights to Keep Her House

103-Year-Old Texas Woman Fights to Keep Her House

A 103-year-old Texas woman is fighting to keep her home after she let her insurance lapse, a CBS affiliate in the Dallas/Fort Worth area reports. Myrtle Lewis told CBS she accidentally let her insurance expire and renewed it after noticing the mistake, but the gap in coverage apparently violated the loan agreement for her reverse… Read More

Fraudster Must Repay $564K of Student Loans

Students

Fraudster Must Repay $564K of Student Loans

Fraudster Must Repay $564K of Student Loans

A 32-year-old Texas woman was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in federal prison for taking out more than $564,000 in fraudulent student loans, the U.S. attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Texas announced in a news release Nov. 18. Mindy Ritch, of Flint, was arrested May 31, 2013, on charges of student financial aid… Read More

Where Did Black Friday Come From?

Personal Finance

Where Did Black Friday Come From?

Where Did Black Friday Come From?

There was a time when there was no “Black Friday.” On Thanksgiving, people overate, watched football on TV or played it in the yard, and then settled in to check the newspaper, thick and heavy with ads, to make a plan for the after-Thanksgiving sales. That’s what they were called: after-Thanksgiving sales. Black Friday hadn’t… Read More

How Much Do You Need for a Down Payment on a Car?

Auto Loans

How Much Do You Need for a Down Payment on a Car?

How Much Do You Need for a Down Payment on a Car?

Conventional wisdom says that a good down payment for a car is about 20% of its total price. That’s because cars typically lose about 21% of their original value the first year. The logic was that if something happened to the car, it wouldn’t necessarily total your finances as well. If, for example, you had a… Read More

3 Things to Do Before Tackling Your Student Loan Debt

Students

3 Things to Do Before Tackling Your Student Loan Debt

3 Things to Do Before Tackling Your Student Loan Debt

For some federal student loan borrowers who graduated in May, the time has come: It’s the end of your loan repayment grace period. If you’re about to start shelling out monthly loan payments, just started or are hoping to aggressively tackle your debt, there are a lot of things to do before you start transferring… Read More

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