College Costs Got You Down? You Have Options

Students

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

The Hidden Costs of College

Students

The Hidden Costs of College

The Hidden Costs of College

When saving money for a child’s college education, tuition isn’t the only concern. A recent survey by the College Board found on-campus room and board accounts for more than 50% of the total cost at in-state schools. That cost can range on average from $7,500 to $9,500 per year. While financial aid is available to… Read More

Watch Out for the Newest College Scholarship Scams

Students

Watch Out for the Newest College Scholarship Scams

Watch Out for the Newest College Scholarship Scams

As if students don’t have enough concerns about paying for college, here’s another one: scholarship scams. A recent alert from Fraud.org outlined the red flags students and their families should look out for when searching for scholarship money, focusing on what you should (and should not) expect from scholarship-matching services. Don’t Be Fooled The good… Read More

Who Cares Where You Went to College?

Students

Who Cares Where You Went to College?

Who Cares Where You Went to College?

Some 15 years ago, my wife and I attended a barbecue fundraiser for a local nonprofit. As we made our way through the crowd, I bumped into a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. Jack (not his real name) was the CFO of a good-sized public company. After catching up on work, family and… Read More

4 Ways to Save for College

Students

4 Ways to Save for College

4 Ways to Save for College

It’s no secret that the cost of college is increasing. It has actually eclipsed the pace of inflation, and total student loan debt is now higher than even credit card debt. But we also know that there’s a direct correlation between future success/income and going to college. So what’s a parent to do? You Must Save There’s really… Read More

How a College Education Could Cost $0 in the Future

Students

How a College Education Could Cost $0 in the Future

How a College Education Could Cost $0 in the Future

Late last year, total student loan debt in the United States reached $1 trillion, a situation that set off a lot of hand-wringing. And for the people bearing the burden of the debt, the crisis is a deeply personal one. At the time, few could have predicted that a revolution was already in the works that could someday make student… Read More

How to Get Scholarships to Come to You

Students

How to Get Scholarships to Come to You

How to Get Scholarships to Come to You

If given the opportunity, would you crowdfund your education costs? Thanks to Knowledge Strong, you might be able to. Set to launch in November 2012, Knowledge Strong is an online community for students to find donors to help them pay for the costs of college. Here’s how it works: People in need of any education funding—be it future… Read More

Four Years of College for the Price of Three?

Students

Four Years of College for the Price of Three?

Four Years of College for the Price of Three?

Suppose for a moment that the student loan crisis is painstakingly addressed the way it should, the ideological debate about interest rates—subsidized or not—is exposed as the sham it is, and folks everywhere gain a better understanding of why the private student lenders continue to earn outsized returns relative to the risks they run. We’d… Read More

Find out where you stand.
Get your FREE personalized credit report card.

Sign Up Now
X

Stay connected to our experts

Please submit your email address to get credit & money tips & advice
from our team of 30+ experts, delivered weekly to your inbox.