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For many students, going to college marks the beginning of financial adulthood. But figuring out where to start isn’t easy. Credit cards, cash, debit cards — what makes sense for someone learning how to live and manage money independently for the first time? “People right around this time — all year long, but specifically around this... Read More
A lot of parents teach their kids about financial responsibility, like how to balance a checkbook, why it’s important to check your credit scores, how to save for a rainy day, be frugal with your money and not overspend with credit cards. This article isn’t for them. This is a financial primer for those of you leaving... Read More
With the price tag of a good college education seemingly always on the rise, it’s no wonder families worry how they’ll cover this major expense. But, according to a survey by T. Rowe Price Group, a global investment management firm in Baltimore, it’s a concern that most students believe should fall on their parents. In fact, 62%... Read More
There’s no way around it: College is expensive. And it’s not just the tuition and books — you also need somewhere to live. HomeUnion, an online real estate investment management firm, released a list of the college towns with the most expensive off-campus rents throughout the nation. “As college students return to school this month,... Read More
Heading back to college this fall? One of your biggest expenses (outside of tuition, of course) is likely to be textbooks. The College Board estimates that college students will spend anywhere from $1,200 to $1,300 on books and supplies. That’s a big chunk of change, but there are plenty of ways you can save on... Read More
The Wall Street Journal’s Josh Mitchell recently authored an article in which he calls attention to the roughly 16% student loan debt default rate, as measured in terms of number of borrowers. That data point, by itself, is extraordinarily high. In proper context, it’s calamitous. At $125 billion in aggregate value, these defaulted loans represent... Read More
If you’re headed off to college this fall, chances are very good you’ll be presented with multiple opportunities to get a credit card. To start with, your parents could want you to have a credit card. And then, of course, you’ll get all the offers — at the bookstore, on campus or perhaps at the nearby bank or credit... Read More
The National Retail Federation (NRF) reported that families in America spent an average of $630.36 per child on back-to-school needs like electronics, clothing, and school supplies in 2015. That’s less than what parents spent in 2014, but it’s still 42% more than families spent a decade ago. With back-to-school season looming, it’s time to start... Read More
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