college savings

Saving up for higher education costs is crucial if you want to avoid graduating with a mountain of debt. The average student loan balance for the Class of 2015 is estimated at $35,000. Whether you’re a parent or a student, it’s time to take steps before you get to college to minimize education expenses as much as possible.

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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.

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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.

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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 |

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.


Dvorkin On Debt: From Homeless To College

August 29, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

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

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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.


A Sporting Chance At The Scholarship

May 2, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

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

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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.


Sick And Tired And Successful

February 29, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The latest 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 |

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

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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. scholarship hack

How To Hack’s Scholarship

June 23, 2015 | Michael Koretzky

Ngaio Warrington is the second 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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Financial Illiteracy Month Part IV: 5 Mistakes Students Make with College Loans

April 22, 2015 | Brian Bienkowski

If you make these mistakes in college, you could be paying for them long after graduation.

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4 Ways To Make FAFSA Faster

April 2, 2015 | Jess Miller

Filling out a FAFSA is a difficult and lengthy process. An expert recommends ways to change that.

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Employers Would Rather Say ‘Thanks’ Instead of Giving You a Raise

March 12, 2015 | Jess Miller

But if you follow this advice, your raise becomes the gift that keeps on giving.

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Obama Signs Student Aid Bill of Rights

March 10, 2015 | Jess Miller

Obama wants these four rights to be a foundation of higher education for every American.

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Infographic: 33 Student Discounts You Can Use Even After Graduation

February 17, 2015 | Jess Miller

That little student ID card can get you big savings, on everything from new cars to your next meal.

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Ask The Expert: How Much Should I Save For College?

November 26, 2014 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A stylist wants to go back to college, but how much hair (and expenses) does she need to cut?

The weirdest scholarships could save you big

The 21 Weirdest College Scholarships Ever

November 17, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

Short or tall, left-handed or red-headed, duck caller or Trekkie, there’s a college scholarship for you.

How to win scholarships

5 Really Dumb Reasons Why You Didn’t Get That Scholarship

November 13, 2014 | Michelle Argento

Including: You didn’t apply for a scholarship no one else did, either.

What to make of new student loan proposals?

Are The Latest Student Loan Proposals Any Good?

October 23, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

The latest writing on student loans is equal parts crazy and useful. Here’s what you need to know.


Some for-profit colleges may lose federal funding

September 26, 2014 | Jess Miller

The U.S. Department of Education says too many students at these schools are defaulting on loans.

Around the web

This week around the web

September 12, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Guaranteed jobs, money that saves itself, and the best banks around. Welcome to easy street.

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

Can you mooch a degree out of MOOCs?

August 4, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Not yet, but they’re still worth exploring — along with a lot of other changes in the college landscape.

One company is refinancing student loans

This week’s Debt Report

August 1, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

Will the term “student loan crisis” become a presidential campaign issue in 2016?

Student loan memes war

FAFSA: We really meme it!

June 30, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

Who has the better student loan memes? or

Student loan memes war

12 student loan GIFs people haven’t complained about yet

June 26, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

The Education Department apologized for posting a joke image some people found offensive. We made them some more.

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Why the Starbucks college program is even better than you think

June 17, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

A lot of companies offer tuition reimbursement, but few say how much in public.

Student loan questions you never thought to ask

10 student loan questions you never thought to ask (but might need to know someday)

May 29, 2014 | Monica Victor

As final exams end and commencement ceremonies begin, grads worry about finding work – and paying loans.

What type of college student are you?

What kind of college student are you?

May 22, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

Are you a wanderer? A switcher? An accelerator? Knowing which one can help you save money.

WVU is among the best party schools in the U.S.

The 26 best party schools – and how to convince your parents to send you

May 5, 2014 | Ryan Cortes

The annual lists of top “party schools” are out, but one question remains: Which is the best buy?

You don't want to have graduate school student loan debt like this.

4 ways to master grad school student loan debt

April 28, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

I was a grad student who made costly mistakes and racked up big debt. Here’s how to avoid what I did.

Burger flipper is one of few jobs left that don't require college.

Jobs that don’t require college are fading fast

March 27, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Higher education is becoming unavoidable, but crazy expenses aren’t.