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How to Successfully Work with Your Private Student Loan Company During Financial Difficulty
How to Successfully Work with Your Private Student Loan Company During Financial Difficulty

Financial difficulties can appear out of nowhere and create a ton of stress for those trying to pay back their student loans. If you are struggling to make your student loan payments on time, there are options.

Rates As Low As
Rates As Low As

We all see them on billboards, online ads, emails, etc. They cause us to do a double-take and let's be honest, that's the objective. But who really gets these low, low rates?

Is Community College Worth It? A Comprehensive Return on Investment Analysis
Is Community College Worth It? A Comprehensive Return on Investment Analysis

Nursing and mechanic programs yield healthy returns, whereas liberal arts programs do not.

Is Grad School Worth It? A Comprehensive Return on Investment Analysis
Is Grad School Worth It? A Comprehensive Return on Investment Analysis

The net financial value of most graduate degrees is modest to negative.

Is College Worth It? A Comprehensive Return on Investment Analysis
Is College Worth It? A Comprehensive Return on Investment Analysis

Some degrees are worth millions, while others have no net financial value. The biggest factor is your major.

3 Keys to College Success
3 Keys to College Success

I was asked what I wish I would have known before I came to college, and I can boil it down to three things:

College Majors and Return on Investment (ROI)
College Majors and Return on Investment (ROI)

Is college worth the cost? Students who realistically understand their future earnings potential can better answer this question and maximize their ROI.

Expenses in Thirds
Expenses in Thirds

College is expensive. Don't try to pay for it all at once. Take advantage of all three time periods available: before, during, and after college.

Three Do's and Don'ts of Scholarships
Three Do's and Don'ts of Scholarships

Understanding how to find scholarships, what to avoid, and how they affect financial aid in advance will give you a leg up when it's time to start applying.

Student Loan Basics: The Difference between Consolidation and Refinancing
Student Loan Basics: The Difference between Consolidation and Refinancing

Student loan borrowers may "consolidate" their loan with the federal government or "refinance" the loan with a private lender. Here are the important differences of each.

Federal Financial Aid Starts With FAFSA
Federal Financial Aid Starts With FAFSA

Each year on October 1, FAFSA becomes available for the next academic year. Here's what to know about the process.

Taking Advantage of the Key Benefits of 529 Plans
Taking Advantage of the Key Benefits of 529 Plans

A 529 plan is a go-to option for college savings. Here are some key reasons why so many families choose the 529 as a savings vehicle for college.

How Do I Save For Retirement And College?
How Do I Save For Retirement And College?

Finding a balance between retirement and college savings represents a challenge most families need help managing. If you feel overwhelmed, you're not alone.

Student Loan Basics: How to Pay off Your Loan Faster
Student Loan Basics: How to Pay off Your Loan Faster

Picking a student loan that meets your needs requires an understanding of some basic concepts. Learn about loan amortization and paying off student loans fast.

Preparing For The Real World: Jobs 101
Preparing For The Real World: Jobs 101

It's now time to start searching for your first job and to lay the foundation for your career path. Here are some things to know.

Increasing ROI on Your College Investment
Increasing ROI on Your College Investment

Students and parents can take many concrete actions to increase the Return on Investment while the student is in-school and after graduation. Here's how.

College Majors Matter
College Majors Matter

College majors have a significant impact on the value of the investment being made in pursuit of a student's college dream. Here are some things to consider.

Help Me Understand Financial Aid
Help Me Understand Financial Aid

Paying for college can be overwhelming. Learn the basics of financial aid and identify resources you'll need to participate in the financial aid process.

What to Do with a Lousy Financial Aid Package
What to Do with a Lousy Financial Aid Package

The excitement of a college acceptance letter can be quickly replaced with anxiety if the financial award is a bust. Here are some tips to increase it.

A Young Parent's Map to Successfully Plan to Pay for College
A Young Parent's Map to Successfully Plan to Pay for College

Let's explore some basic concepts of financial literacy that may help manage future decisions about how to plan and pay for the dream college for your children.

Best Ways For Students To Begin Saving Early
Best Ways For Students To Begin Saving Early

The number one way for students to begin saving early for college is to follow Nike's advice: Just do it. Here are some smart ways to get started.

Key Criteria For College Choices
Key Criteria For College Choices

Considering factors such as affordability, outcomes and reputation can have a significant outcome in college ROI. Here's what to know.

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