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Americans Are Getting Better at Paying For College

August 14, 2017 | Joe Pye

For the first time in a decade, scholarships and grants cover a third of college costs.

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Who Are Counterfeit Textbooks Really Cheating?

August 8, 2017 | Joe Pye

After tuition, textbooks are one of the biggest college expenses. One company is trying to stop students from seeking other options.

The cost of a pile of school supplies is nothing compared to the shocking state of school teacher pay

Back-to-School Shopping: $73 Billion

July 25, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Kindergarten through college will cost consumers nearly $73 billion this back-to-school season, with college being roughly two-thirds of that.

Perspectives on how the student loan debt in America stacks up

Money on the Street Interviews: What’s Your Opinion of Student Loan Debt in America?

July 13, 2017 | Michelle Bryan

Half-clothed beachgoers give some very serious answers about their thoughts on federal student loans and the debt they cause.

Families unsure about how to save money at the store are also unsure about how to teach kids money

Parents Still Don’t Know How to Teach Their Kids About Money

July 11, 2017 | Ryan Lynch

Even though parents want to have a conversation, bad habits are passed down through generations

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The College Savings Option Everybody Forgets

July 5, 2017 | Gregory Cox

21 years later, 529 plans get no respect — even though they save on taxes, too.

John Pawloski

This Scholarship Winner Is No Joke

July 3, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

John Pawloski is making a career change you’ll never believe.

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Students Relying Less on Parents to Pay for College

June 20, 2017 | Ryan Lynch

 Facing higher costs, teens are relying more on scholarships, grants and their own savings.

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College Seniors Struggle To Pick Careers

June 2, 2017 | Joe Pye

One reason: They focus too much on class and not enough on what else colleges offer.

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What You Can Learn About Money From A Commencement Speech

May 29, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Here are six lessons not only for new grads, but for everyone.

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How To Win A Scholarship: Apply 63 Times

May 1, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Caitlyn Remick knows how to dress up — and save up.

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3 Steps to Become Debt-Free and Chase Your Dreams

April 28, 2017 | Robert Beiler

A little sacrifice can go just as far as hustle

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Ask The Expert: Should We NOT Send Our Son To College?

April 26, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader and his wife are arguing about college for their son.

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Student Loans Make Millennials Desperate

April 11, 2017 | Joe Pye

Nearly 90 percent of young employees would commit to an employer for 5 years – if it helped them pay back their debt.

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Paying Double: How Do Twins Afford College?

February 27, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Nadia Garcia is the Debt.com’s 10th scholarship recipient, and the first twin to win.

The daddy bonus sucks once you consider childcare

Need College Money? Be a Sugar Baby

February 16, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Need to pay for college? Sugar Babies on this “not an escort” site go to some pricy schools around the country.

Donald Trump and Barack Obama in Uncle Sam Outfits pitch their student loan repayment plans to a recent graduate (illustrated)

Trump Could Be Great for Your Student Loan Debt

January 19, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Or he could be horrible. That’s why I just applied for a new repayment plan while I still can.

Ronald Pan has a vision that he will graduat debt free without the burden of student loans

Dvorkin On Debt: Pan’s Plan

January 2, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Ronald Pan is the latest Debt.com scholarship winner, for three big reasons.

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Ask The Expert: Do I NEED To Go To College? [video]

December 28, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A young reader wants to know his financial options after high school.

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The 22 biggest money moments on Gilmore Girls

November 16, 2016 | Dori Zinn

As Netflix prepares to release more Gilmore Girls, we take a look back at the sometimes hard-to-believe spending in the original show.

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The Hardest-Working Woman In Scholarships

November 7, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Abby Marion never gives up, so we gave in. She’s the ninth Debt.com scholarship winner.

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How to Use 529 College Savings and Not Run Afoul of the IRS

October 18, 2016 | Money Talks News

They’re great for covering the cost of tuition and more, but you need to follow the rules or the tax man will get you.

biggest regrets of college students

Ask The Expert: Should I Wait To Go To College Till Hillary Wins?

October 5, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to wait until Hillary Clinton launcher her “free college” program.

America Saves Week

Parents Are Saving Better for College

September 29, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most parents are saving for their child’s education, and they’re saving more money.

America Saves Week

Ask The Expert: My Husband Hates 529 Plans. Is He Right?

September 21, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to save now for their infant son’s college, but her spouse has serious doubts.

Millennials can't save? Not true

What A Millennial Thinks Is His Generation’s Greatest Weakness

September 20, 2016 | Debt.com

It’s their dependency on their parents for financial decisions.

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Your Choice of College May Come Down to Location

September 15, 2016 | Dori Zinn

The best colleges are in cities with some of the most expensive off-campus housing. It costs more to live near Stanford than actually attend it.

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Dvorkin On Debt: From Homeless To College

August 29, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The eighth Debt.com scholarship winner has two goals: Find a home and become an artist.

biggest regrets of college students

Don’t Put College On Your Credit Card

August 24, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most public schools charge convenience fees that can put you out hundreds of extra dollars a year

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Off to College Next Year? Now You Can Apply for Aid Sooner

August 3, 2016 | Dori Zinn

You can now apply for financial aid a year in advance

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Most Everyone Thinks College Is Worth It

August 2, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most everyone believes college is worth the investment, but a lot of Americans wish that it were free.

Students Are Missing Out on Thousands of Dollars

July 28, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Many households don’t think they qualify for need-based financial aid – they’re wrong.

MOOCs can teach a lot, but they won't give you credibility. Yet.

Parents are Already Back-to-School Shopping

July 5, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most parents are already doing some sort of back-to-school shopping even though it’s only halfway through summer.

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A New Way to Figure Out How To Pay Less on Your Student Loans?

May 10, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger

The federal government tries something novel: clarity.

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A Sporting Chance At The Debt.com Scholarship

May 2, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Kyndra Parker will run, step, grapple, shoot, and sing on her way to college.

Here's how to save for retirement

Ask The Expert: Will I Ever Be Able To Retire After Raising 2 Kids?

March 16, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader worries about getting back into the job market after her youngest son moves out.

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Sick And Tired And Successful

February 29, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The latest Debt.com scholarship winner won’t let illness slow her down – or get her down.

Here's what you should know before taking your first cruise.

Can You Afford to Study Abroad in College?

January 14, 2016 | Debt.com

Consider these 5 factors and you’ll know for sure.

student loan deferment

Ask The Expert: How Do I Save For My Kid’s College When I Still Have Student Loans?

August 19, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader faces paying for his loans and his daughter’s. Thankfully, he has 4 solid options.

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Ask The Expert: Is 8 Too Early Or Too Late To Start Saving For College?

July 8, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader worries about how her daughter will afford a future.

How to win scholarships

Ask The Expert: How Can I Win Some Scholarships?

June 30, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is frustrated because he’s applied for many but won none.

Debt.com scholarship hack

How To Hack Debt.com’s Scholarship

June 23, 2015 | Michael Koretzky

Ngaio Warrington is the second Debt.com scholarship winner because she manipulated the rules — and we loved it.

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How To Use GoFundMe To Pay For College

May 28, 2015 | Jess Miller

As tuition skyrockets, students are looking for money in unlikely places.

college students are getting screwed by big banks

How College Students Are Getting Screwed By Big Banks

May 26, 2015 | Jess Miller

Banks are capitalizing on students’ federal aid money. But the Dept. of Education doesn’t want them to get away with it.

low-income workers more likely to default

Part-Time Workers And Students More Likely To Default On Loans

May 12, 2015 | Jess Miller

Low-income workers struggle to pay back loans, but they don’t have to.

weird ways to pay off student loans

The Three Weirdest Ways To Pay Off Your Student Loan Debt

May 7, 2015 | Jess Miller

You’ve got crippling student loan debt. So become a sugar baby or join the Army — that’s what these grads did.

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Meet The Debt.com Scholarship Winner — And Learn How You Can Be Next

May 4, 2015 | Michael Koretzky

Applicants included single moms, cancer survivors, and a Miss America runner-up. So we’re doing it again.

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Get Out Of Debt Guy: Can You Discharge Private Student Loans In Bankruptcy?

May 1, 2015 | Steve Rhode

Common wisdom on this topic isn’t very wise. Here are the facts.

biggest regrets of college students

The Biggest Regrets Of College Grads

April 30, 2015 | Jess Miller

And no, they don’t involve partying too much. Find out what college grads regret most and how you can avoid it.

jobs that do not require degrees

The 12 Top-Paying Jobs Right Now That Don’t Require A Four-Year Degree

April 30, 2015 | Jess Miller

As higher education costs soar out of reach, more individuals are finding jobs in these fields.