College Student in Hot Water for Listing Dorm Room on Airbnb

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College Student in Hot Water for Listing Dorm Room on Airbnb

College Student in Hot Water for Listing Dorm Room on Airbnb

There are a lot of creative ways to make an extra buck. Unfortunately for Emerson College sophomore Jack Worth, his way may have been a little too creative. Hoping to help offset college expenses, Worth, 19, posted his dorm room on Airbnb, boasting the  private room offered “sweeping views of Boston Common, right in the... Read More

Can You Use Your IRA to Pay for College?

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Can You Use Your IRA to Pay for College?

Can You Use Your IRA to Pay for College?

Families or individuals sometimes want to tap retirement assets in an Individual Retirement Account (or IRA) to pay for educational expenses. This has become even more attractive recently, as the rules governing both traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs have been changed to allow withdrawals for qualified higher education expenses. The tax treatment of the funds used to pay for... Read More

Pizza Hut Wants to Send its Employees to College

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Pizza Hut Wants to Send its Employees to College

Pizza Hut Wants to Send its Employees to College

Pizza Hut is the latest big company to offer tuition assistance: The chain announced a partnership with Excelsior College, a private online school, on Thursday. Its parent company Yum! Brands already offers this benefit to Taco Bell employees; there’s no word on whether KFC employees will participate as well. Here’s how Pizza Hut’s Life Unboxed EDU program works, per the news release: The chain’s employees... Read More

How Much Student Loan Debt Is Too Much?

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How Much Student Loan Debt Is Too Much?

How Much Student Loan Debt Is Too Much?

Q. How much is too much for student loans? My daughter wants to study a field that I think will get her $45,000-$50,000 a year as a starting salary, and she’s trying to figure out how much she can afford to borrow. Otherwise she may go to community college instead. — New college mom A. The... Read More

How Much Money Does It Take to Feel Safe?

Managing Debt

How Much Money Does It Take to Feel Safe?

How Much Money Does It Take to Feel Safe?

When I heard the question, “How much money is enough to make you feel safe?” on Open Account, SuChin Pak’s podcast about money and life, it made me wonder how much that number was for my parents, who used to switch to Vietnamese when talking about overdue bills in front of their English-speaking kids. When... Read More

This Tuition Bill From 1979 Will Make You Want to Cry

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This Tuition Bill From 1979 Will Make You Want to Cry

This Tuition Bill From 1979 Will Make You Want to Cry

My mom was helping her parents clean their condo the other day, and — as often happens during such adventures — she found some entertaining things. Among them was an Illinois State University registration form from 1979, when my aunt was in college, and my mom sent me a picture of it. If you went to college in... Read More

How to Stop Running From Your Student Loan Debt

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How to Stop Running From Your Student Loan Debt

How to Stop Running From Your Student Loan Debt

Whether you’ve been out of school for a while or you’re just starting to enter student loan repayment, there’s an important piece of advice every borrower needs to hear: Don’t ignore your student loan debt. Yes, those payments can be intimidating or unaffordable, but the only way to conquer the financial obstacle of student loan debt is... Read More

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