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Too Rich for Tuition Assistance… Too Poor for Tuition

by Mara Strom Wisebread had an interesting post about students whose families’ middle class income status has squeezed them out of the golden Medina of federal and state financial assistance: Financial Need. Blogger Xin Lu cites two college friends whose families were well off enough to be denied financial assistance to their top picks — […]

Budgeting 101: How to Make a Budget in College

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by Mara Strom Welcome to part three of our series on living on a budget at college. (If you haven’t already read them, check out the previous posts: Eating on a Budget and Textbooks on a Budget.) Let me start by apologizing for not getting this post up on Monday. I just moved this weekend […]

3 Lessons in Credit Card Debt for College Students

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by Mara Strom It’s a conundrum. When you graduate from college, you’ll want to have a good credit score. Everyone from mortgage banks to potential employers will be checking your credit report to see if you are a credit worthy individual. And if you have never had a credit card (or some kind of secured […]

The Best Way to Save for College: Uniform Gift/Transfer to Minor Act

Last week, we launched a four-part series about the best tax-preferred college savings vehicles. So far we have covered three out of the four: 529 College Savings Plans, 529 Prepaid Tuition Plans, and the Coverdell Educational Savings Account. Be sure to review those posts, if you didn’t get a chance to read them yet. Today […]

How Most Americans Pay for College

Sallie Mae and Gallup Poll released its 2016 annual study of how parents pay for college. Parents are helping more, using more of their own income and savings, while students are taking out more and larger amounts of student loans. Students are also working more, and two out of five of them are living at […]

Back to School Money Saving Tips: How to Buy Used Textbooks

The start of fall semester is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start getting yourself organized to head back to school. Are you worried about how you are going to stretch your college funds to cover all your expenses? Over the next three weeks, I am going to give you some tips […]

Serve Your Country; Fund Your Future

Top 4 Military Aid Programs for the College-Bound by Mara Strom With the cost of college skyrocketing (the national rate of inflation on tuition is 7.2% a year — and rising), many students are looking for creative ways to pay for school. Did you know that enlisting in the US Armed Forces, Coast Guard or […]

Saving for College – Start Planning Early

It’s never too early to start planning for how you are going to pay for your child’s college education. Saving for college is critical. Public Universities tend to raise tuition every year! It’s scary to imagine what that cost might be eighteen years from now. If you have just had a baby or plan to […]

How Much Is Your College Degree Really Worth?

We’ve all read the statistics that a college graduate earns $1 million more over their lifetime than a non-college grad. That’s a pretty compelling reason to go to college, isn’t it? But is it accurate? Or does it depend on what you study? And therefore, what kind of career you will pursue when you graduate? […]

Summer Break is the Time to Review Financial Aid

Now that summer is here, for most student’s that means summer break is here as well! While your summer is probably already packed with trips, concerts, work and catching up with friends and family, it’s also a great time to review your financial aid and college budget! While this may be at the bottom of […]