The Quick Guide to Cheap Textbooks

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The Quick Guide to Cheap Textbooks

The Quick Guide to Cheap Textbooks

You’re smart enough to get into college; so don’t pay the stupid tax on new textbooks. The simple trick of buying used textbooks could save a regular college student thousands of dollars. The College Board estimates that current freshmen at four-year public schools can expect to pay about $4,800 in total costs for books and… Read More

How to Budget When You’re Going Back to College

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How to Budget When You’re Going Back to College

How to Budget When You’re Going Back to College

When you first started college, you were probably in a different place financially than you are while considering returning to higher education. This means calculating expenses will likely be a bit different as well — and your budget will have to change accordingly. It’s important to consider costs, time, employment and personal goals when you are… Read More

What Many College Rankings Don’t Tell You

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What Many College Rankings Don’t Tell You

What Many College Rankings Don’t Tell You

Fifteen years ago, our oldest child was preparing to head off to college in a distant state. My wife and I had so many thoughts running through our minds at the time that we thought our heads would explode: Will he be OK on his own? Will the curriculum be challenging enough? Will he figure… Read More

The Most Expensive Private Colleges in America

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The Most Expensive Private Colleges in America

The Most Expensive Private Colleges in America

Students looking at very specialized schools are likely to have very high tuition bills. New data from the Department of Education ranks the most and least costly institutions of higher education, and when it comes to four-year, private schools, the top of the expensive list is dominated by art schools. Scores of private universities charge… Read More

The Most Expensive Public Colleges in America

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The Most Expensive Public Colleges in America

The Most Expensive Public Colleges in America

Students who attend a four-year, in-state public college pay an average of $11,582 a year, according to new data from the Department of Education. Plenty of students pay a lot more than that, with some paying more than double the average. When considering the cost of college, prospective students and their families need to consider… Read More

Think Your Parents Will Pay for College? Think Again

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Think Your Parents Will Pay for College? Think Again

Think Your Parents Will Pay for College? Think Again

Everyone from researchers and reporters to politicians and educators has an opinion on student loan debt’s impact on the economy, but that’s not the only thing up for debate. The rise of student loan debt and conversations surrounding it has changed the family dynamic, as more people are approaching higher education as a financial partnership… Read More

The Truth Behind Starbucks’ Tuition Plan

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The Truth Behind Starbucks’ Tuition Plan

The Truth Behind Starbucks’ Tuition Plan

Starbucks’ “free college” announcement was probably the public relations coup of the year. CEO Howard Schultz earned gushing ink from the New York Times and gushing praise from Jon Stewart on the same day. As details dribbled out about the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, however, it became clear that the program is neither as generous… Read More

The States With the Most Student Loan Debt

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The States With the Most Student Loan Debt

The States With the Most Student Loan Debt

As student loan debt continues to climb, President Barack Obama recently announced plans to expand loan relief programs, including a cap on monthly payments at 10% of household income. Whether or not these changes are the solution to what some have called a student loan debt crisis, people who struggle to make their monthly payments… Read More

How to Get a Credit Card Fee Waived

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How to Get a Credit Card Fee Waived

How to Get a Credit Card Fee Waived

Nobody likes paying fees. They make us feel like we’re paying extra for a service we’re already getting. Credit card fees in particular are often the object of consumer ire — no one likes paying the too-familiar late fee and annual fees can eat away at your credit card rewards. But you don’t have to… Read More

9% of Teens Expect a Free Ride for College

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9% of Teens Expect a Free Ride for College

9% of Teens Expect a Free Ride for College

Most kids don’t seem to be under any illusion they’ll get to go to school for free, but there are a few that are expecting mom and dad to foot the whole bill. A survey commissioned by Private College 529 Plan says 91% of teens surveyed expect to be at least partly responsible for their… Read More

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