7 Ways to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

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7 Ways to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

7 Ways to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

Let’s say you know you want good credit, but you also know you do NOT want the most ubiquitous credit product around. No way do you want a credit card. Perhaps you follow a certain personal finance guru’s advice to avoid them. Or maybe you’ve gotten in trouble with them before and don’t want to… Read More

Fraudster Must Repay $564K of Student Loans

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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

Why Private Student Loans Could Be a Better Deal Than Federal Loans

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Why Private Student Loans Could Be a Better Deal Than Federal Loans

Why Private Student Loans Could Be a Better Deal Than Federal Loans

There’s a consensus in the student loan world that students and their families should consider taking out federal loans before applying for private ones, and there are sound reasons behind that logic: Many federal student loans have benefits like a repayment grace period, the option of applying for income-based repayment and loan-forgiveness programs. Federal loans… Read More

Do You Need Student Loan Insurance?

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Do You Need Student Loan Insurance?

Do You Need Student Loan Insurance?

Imagine you’ve worked hard for years to get an undergraduate degree, and then worked your way through medical school, law school or another professional degree. But just as you start to launch your career, you’re sideswiped by an accident or serious illness that leaves you disabled and unable to work. Not only do you need… Read More

The Surprising Reasons You Could Lose Out on Student Loans

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The Surprising Reasons You Could Lose Out on Student Loans

The Surprising Reasons You Could Lose Out on Student Loans

Here’s something you won’t hear often — or ever: “Student loans are a privilege.” (I Googled it: Six results.) Considering loans make it possible for millions of people to get a college education, they’re something to be thankful for. Yes, college can be ridiculously expensive, loans often don’t cover all the costs and unaffordable debt is a… Read More

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