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Preparing For College

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Holiday alert: Ugift helps when a college fund is on a kid’s wish list Education December 3, 2018
If you've got kids and plan for them to go to college, you may be familiar with 529 plans as…
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529 plan guide: Here are the best places to invest your education savings Education October 15, 2018
Looking for the best 529 plan to help you save for education expenses? Here's my annual list of the top…
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529 education savings plans: 7 frequently asked questions, answered Education June 15, 2018
Money expert Clark Howard and Team Clark have talked and written about 529 education savings plans quite a bit in…
4 states offer free community college — now a fifth could join their ranks
4 states offer free community college — now a fifth could join their ranks Education April 9, 2018
It's no secret that we have a skills gap in the United States. Millions of high-paying jobs go unfilled because…
Why the ‘official bank’ of your campus is likely the wrong bank to do business with
Why the ‘official bank’ of your campus is likely the wrong bank to do business with Banks & Banking March 23, 2018
When you're at a college, have you ever noticed there seems to be one bank that has a lockdown on…
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How to roll over a 529 plan, and why it may be a good idea Budgeting & Saving February 9, 2018
When my 10-year-old son was born, his grandmother generously put $1,000 into a Franklin Temple 529 plan for him. A…
These sites can help you save money on textbooks
These sites can help you save money on textbooks Education January 19, 2018
New school year, new courses, new books... The cost of buying textbooks can do some serious damage to your wallet --…
You could get your freshman year cost free with this online program
You could get your freshman year cost free with this online program Preparing For College October 24, 2017
There is currently over a trillion dollars in student loan debt in the United States and that number continues to…
11 things we learned in college (but not in class)
11 things we learned in college (but not in class) College & University August 9, 2017
Going to college for the first time is a unique experience that forces students to take on multiple new responsibilities …
Man pays down $32,000 in student loans in 2 years
Man pays down $32,000 in student loans in 2 years Education August 7, 2017
Some people go to great lengths to eliminate their student loan debt. Going outside-of-the-box to eliminate student debt Such is…
30 essential items for college students
30 essential items for college students Shopping & Retail August 1, 2017
Going to college usually means moving out of the house and into a dorm or apartment. Whether they're just starting…
University of Michigan unveils free tuition plan for some students
University of Michigan unveils free tuition plan for some students College & University June 16, 2017
In the midst of rising costs for higher education, the University of Michigan has announced how it will go above…
Your approval letter for student loan forgiveness may actually be invalid
Your approval letter for student loan forgiveness may actually be invalid College & University April 14, 2017
The harsh reality of the student loan debt crisis in America seems to be getting worse by the day — with…
12 best ways to find a college scholarship
12 best ways to find a college scholarship Education April 10, 2017
The idea of student loan debt can be pretty terrifying — especially considering the average 2016 college graduate left school owing…
School’s Facebook post about kids’ ideal bedtimes draws cheers, jeers
School’s Facebook post about kids’ ideal bedtimes draws cheers, jeers Education March 13, 2017
A school thought they were simply being helpful by posting a chart outlining recommended bedtimes for students ages 5 through…
How to qualify for student loan forgiveness
How to qualify for student loan forgiveness Education January 25, 2017
With 43 million Americans struggling to pay of their student loan debt, more and more people are looking for ways…
New app lets you buy used textbooks from fellow students
New app lets you buy used textbooks from fellow students Education November 7, 2016
Nobody likes having to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars a year on used textbooks! Thankfully, there's a new app…
College students are blowing loan money on clothes, vacations and alcohol
College students are blowing loan money on clothes, vacations and alcohol Education October 19, 2016
Many college students take on big loans without really realizing what they're getting into,and unfortunately, it very often leads to…
6 ways to keep costs for a college degree less than $10K
6 ways to keep costs for a college degree less than $10K Education October 17, 2016
Student loan debt has reached a record high of $1.3 million for Americans, and it’s rippling through the economy. Analysts…
10 best college majors that lead to high-paying, satisfying careers
10 best college majors that lead to high-paying, satisfying careers Jobs & Military October 6, 2016
As the cost of college has continued toskyrocket over the past decade, many high school graduates have questioned whether a…
6 student loan mistakes to avoid at all costs
6 student loan mistakes to avoid at all costs Education August 17, 2016
Every time I read the news, I hear how America’s problems with student loan debt have gotten worse. For example,…
9 ways college students can live on the cheap
9 ways college students can live on the cheap Money & Credit August 12, 2016
These days, the average college graduate leaves school with over $28,000 instudent loan debt, according to the Institute for College…
How to save big money on textbooks
How to save big money on textbooks Holiday Shopping August 11, 2016
Read more: How to find the lowest prices on textbooks Do comparison shopping for college textbooks online Amazon now renting…
Beware of these identity theft hot spots on campus
Beware of these identity theft hot spots on campus Protect Your Identity July 28, 2016
When you're off to college, the thought of identity theft is probably the last thing on your mind. But it…
Where to take free online courses
Where to take free online courses Education July 26, 2016
As we ramp up for back to school time, it's important to remember that there are a wealth of free…
The ultimate free and cheap guide for college students
The ultimate free and cheap guide for college students Education July 25, 2016
College is a time of change, a shift from the strictures of the public school system to the autonomy of…
New website helps students get noticed by colleges
New website helps students get noticed by colleges Education June 16, 2016
Read more: Top 40 highest-paying college degrees 9 ways to pay for college without student loans Going to college: Your…
6 fast food restaurants that offer tuition reimbursement
6 fast food restaurants that offer tuition reimbursement Education June 1, 2016
Years ago, Clark got a job with IBM as a bill collector after college because he knew they would pay…
Half of parents now expect kids to cover the cost of college
Half of parents now expect kids to cover the cost of college Education May 12, 2016
With college tuitions skyrocketing, it’s no surprise parents areworried whether they have enough to cover the cost. According to the…
This essay about Costco got a high school senior into 5 Ivy League schools
This essay about Costco got a high school senior into 5 Ivy League schools Education April 4, 2016
Most high school seniors have received college acceptance letters by April and must decide which schools they'll attend by May.…
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