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Our Credit.com experts provide you with common sense student loan advice. Find out what to consider & how to get the best deals when shopping for loans or credit cards to finance college. Understand the impact of deferring student loans, how to manage your payments during college and post-college and how student loans can affect your credit.

How to Kick Your Kids Off the Payroll

How to Kick Your Kids Off the Payroll

How to Kick Your Kids Off the Payroll

They’re becoming adults, they’re graduating or they’ve pointed out they are now 18 and can make their own decisions. And you silently wonder when they’ll start making their own money, too. How long do you support your children financially? For many baby boomers, the answer is unclear. Many report that they are still supporting grown… Read More

Will Going Back to School Solve Your Money Problems?

Will Going Back to School Solve Your Money Problems?

Will Going Back to School Solve Your Money Problems?

Returning to school is a big decision that often comes with a big price tag. Before you start school again, whether you are completing an undergraduate degree or going for graduate work, it’s a good idea to evaluate how you can best prepare to get the most out of it. 1. Consider the Investment For… Read More

Cold Weather Stopped Everything But Student Loans

Cold Weather Stopped Everything But Student Loans

Cold Weather Stopped Everything But Student Loans

It just keeps growing. Federal student loans drove outstanding consumer debt in January and February, as semesters started and tuition payments came due for millions of students across the country. Total student debt isn’t reported monthly, but the Federal Reserve puts nonrevolving debt (the kind where your balance goes down as you repay it, such… Read More

College Costs Got You Down? You Have Options

College Costs Got You Down? You Have Options

College Costs Got You Down? You Have Options

At a crucial time when students must make decisions regarding which college to attend, many are forced to face the financial reality of their educational goals. In many cases, students are forced to lower their expectations or choose career paths that they hadn’t intended because of limited funds to pursue a college education. A 2013… Read More

An Indefensible Defense of Student Loans

An Indefensible Defense of Student Loans

An Indefensible Defense of Student Loans

James Runcie, the Federal Student Aid office’s chief operating officer, appeared before the U.S. Senate’s Education Committee where he was grilled on the manner in which the FSA is monitoring the performances of the Department of Education’s subcontracted student-loan servicers. Two interesting points caught my attention. The first pertains to the key metrics the department uses… Read More

Meet the Woman Who Created Scholarships 371 Years Ago

Meet the Woman Who Created Scholarships 371 Years Ago

Meet the Woman Who Created Scholarships 371 Years Ago

You know what’s awesome? Someone giving you money to go to college. Student loans can be very helpful, but you have to pay them back, which can be really expensive (I mean, really expensive). Scholarships, on the other hand, are these wonderful gifts you get all because you’re smart, do a lot of volunteer work… Read More

The Student Loan Disrupter That Just Raised $80M

The Student Loan Disrupter That Just Raised $80M

The Student Loan Disrupter That Just Raised $80M

Peer-to-peer lender Social Finance (SoFi) secured $80 million in funding from Discovery Capital Management, entrepreneur Peter Thiel and Wicklow Capital, the company announced today, which will be dedicated to expanding its student loan refinancing program and offering other loan products. SoFi CEO Mike Cagney said peer-to-peer mortgages are next on the priority list. “That money is… Read More

What Was the First Student Loan?

What Was the First Student Loan?

What Was the First Student Loan?

I don’t know about you, but I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook — it’s helpful but also really annoying, and even though it enables me to discover new things, it’s a major drain on my resources. I feel the same way about my student loans. Fun fact: Both started at Harvard University. I guess… Read More

Most For-Profit College Grads Earn Less Than High School Dropouts

Most For-Profit College Grads Earn Less Than High School Dropouts

Most For-Profit College Grads Earn Less Than High School Dropouts

There’s a big push behind making higher education more accessible. “Earning a post-secondary degree or credential is no longer just a pathway to opportunity for a talented few; rather, it is a prerequisite for the growing jobs of the new economy,” says the education page of the White House website. For most graduates of for-profit… Read More

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