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Tips On Paying Off Student Debt While Saving For Retirement

Posted on May 17th, 2017

Student debt continues to be a major issue for college students and graduates in the U.S.

U.S. total student debt is now over $1.4 trillion, and the average debt for a college graduate in 2016 was $37,000. And 44 million Americans now have student debt to their name.

The video below gives tips on how student loan borrowers can avoid falling behind on their payments. It also explains why millennials should be saving for retirement even if they have student debt.

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New York’s Free College Program May Be Lottery-Based

Posted on May 11th, 2017

When the Excelsior Scholarship Program was announced, many believed it meant that the majority of students in New York state would now be able to attend college for free.

That’s not entirely the case, as we explain in our recent post about the program. And more details have emerged that should give pause to students and families depending on this program.

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What you need to know about New York’s Excelsior Scholarship Program

Posted on April 24th, 2017

Many of our clients have been asking about the new Excelsior Scholarship program, which will provide free tuition at in-state public colleges for New York state students if their family meets certain income requirements.

While it may sound too good to be true, there are a lot of important details and things you need to keep in mind when considering the program. Read these important FAQs about the program, and contact us if you want personalized help figuring out whether it is a good option for your family.

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Student Loan Refinancing Companies: Credible

Posted on April 17th, 2017

The second post in our student loan refinancing companies series focuses on Credible, a student loan refinancing marketplace that gives you access to multiple lenders with just one application.

Credible doesn’t do any lending itself, but rather aggregates personalized offers from different lenders, including banks and online companies. This allows you to apply for refinancing with multiple lenders all in one place.

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Elite colleges still aren’t worth the cost for most students

Posted on April 5th, 2017

"After correcting for a student’s pre-existing talent, ambition, and habits, it's hard to show that highly selective colleges add much earning power, even with their vaunted professors, professional networks, and signaling." -- Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

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Many U.S. college graduates’ wages have fallen since Recession

Posted on March 31st, 2017

While a Bachelor’s Degree is a prerequisite to most good-paying jobs these days, many college graduates have not seen their incomes increase since the 2007-09 recession, a new study finds.

The biggest factor in whether or not wages increased was a college graduate’s major, the study found.

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Student Loan Refinancing Guide: SoFi

Posted on March 21st, 2017

With private student loan interest rates on the rise, and the high cost of college forcing many students and parents to take on debt to pay for college, student loan refinancing has emerged as an option for borrowers to reduce their interest rates (depending on their credit score) and save money on repayment.

Find out why you should consider refinancing your student loans, and learn about SoFi, one of the best-known student loan refinancing companies.

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5 tips for getting through college faster

Posted on February 13th, 2017

College is expensive enough when it lasts four years. But the majority of college students don’t graduate in four years–and the additional years and courses they take can significantly increase their college costs.

Every extra year a bachelor’s degree-seeking student spends in college costs an average of $68,153 in additional tuition, fees, and living expenses, plus forgone income, Complete College America estimates.

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How to Fill Out the FAFSA When You Have More Than One Child in College

Posted on February 6th, 2017

When you have multiple kids in college, filling out the FAFSA can be tricky. Luckily, the Department of Education put together a guide to answer your most pressing questions.

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College fees rising faster than tuition

Posted on January 28th, 2017

"Fees nationwide continue to increase even faster than tuition — often covering the same things but letting institutions claim tuition hikes are slowing." -- Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

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