student loans

With average balance right out of school approaching $30,000 in the U.S., student loan debt has become a crippling issue for millions of Americans. Getting the latest news and trends on loans and their associated regulations can help you get ahead of your debt so it doesn’t hold you back from achieving your financial goals.

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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

How Do We Save For Retirement And Pay All Our Bills?

April 19, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to know how to survive “the sandwich” — without evicting his mother-in-law.

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The Most Depressing Headline I’ve Seen This Year

April 17, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

You’ll never guess what it is, because you probably haven’t heard about it yet.

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Could Donald Trump Snatch Away Student Loan Forgiveness?

April 13, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Everybody wants their debt forgiven, but the people actually promised it could be screwed.

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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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Interest Rates Are Going Up. Should You Be Worried?

March 30, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

It depends on whether you have debt, and what kind. If you’re rich, it’s strictly good news.

5 Smart Pieces of State Debt Legislation

February 23, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

If Congress needs help helping people, it should look to these state legislators.

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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.

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25 Things I Learned About Betsy DeVos By Reading Her Own Words

February 9, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Secretary of Education responded (sort of) to more than 140 Congressional questions beyond her confirmation hearing. But nobody talked about it.

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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.

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Ask The Expert: Declare Bankruptcy Before Or After My Wedding? [video]

January 18, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: A couple wants a clean slate, but are they mucking up their nuptials?

A mortgage is good debt. Credit cards can be, too, if used properly.

Ask The Expert: How Do I Tell My Fiancee? [video]

January 11, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: A man has a dirty little secret he’s keeping from the love of his life.

Most Employees Don’t Get the Student Loan Help They Need

January 5, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Companies could be doing their employees a huge service if they offered some — and sometimes better — student loan repayment assistance.

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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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Ask The Expert: Do I Have To Pay For My Ex-Husband’s Decisions?

November 16, 2016 | Steve Rhode

A reader is worried that her ex sent her son to a pricey college without telling her.

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 scholarship winner.

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5 Creative Ways To Reduce Student Loan Debt

October 26, 2016 |

You don’t have to spend 15 years repaying your student loans and struggling. Here’s how you can do it faster.

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Americans Have a Ton of Debt

October 10, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most people say they don’t have any debt, but do they know what debt means?

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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.

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.

Student loan debt stays with you

ITT Tech Closes – How to Get Your Student Loan Debt Forgiven

September 9, 2016 | Steve Rhode

If you took out loans while attending ITT Tech and haven’t graduated, you need to read this.

How The Presidential Candidates Plan To Take On Student Loan Debt

August 24, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Find out how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would handle your student loans, whether you’re a current student, struggling graduate, or someone who hasn’t taken classes yet

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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

Don't settle for high rent rates.

Ask The Expert: Should We Charge Our Daughter Rent?

August 24, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader thinks it will teach her a lesson, but his wife isn’t so sure.

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Almost Every State Is Stressed About Debt

August 22, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most every state in the union is stressed about paying off debt. Here’s the complete breakdown, state-by-state.

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Most Kids Expect Parents to Pay for Any College They Want

August 8, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most kids already anticipate their parents paying for college, regardless of what institution it is.

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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.

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Dvorkin On Debt: More Bad News About Student Loans

August 1, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Three new reports, three more things to worry about.

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Ask The Expert: Can A Dying Person Co-Sign My Student Loan?

July 6, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader thinks he found a loophole: Ask a relative with terminal cancer to co-sign his loan.

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Ask The Expert: Co-Sign For My Kid’s Student Loan?

June 29, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s daughter is pleading with him, but he’s hesitating till he hears from Howard.

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Dvorkin On Debt: Taking A Bite Out Of Debt

June 27, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The seventh scholarship winner has a superior brain but a suffering mouth.

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Ask The Expert: Do I Have To Pay My Student Loans If I Flee To Canada?

June 8, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to move if either Trump or Clinton gets elected. And he wants to leave his debts behind.

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Student Loan Debt Is Killing Our Careers

May 30, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Student loans are limiting career choices, and not just for millennials

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Colleges are Failing Students in Financial Preparedness

May 24, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Most grads feel like they’re “going it alone” with their finances

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Do You Have What It Takes to Bankrupt Your Student Loans?

May 19, 2016 |

Expert Bob Preston tells you how, but be warned: It’s not easy.

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Damsel in Debt

May 18, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Here’s how I found out the real balance of my student loans — and how I’ll keep owing more if I don’t act now.

Dvorkin On Debt: Dee-1 Has Made Me A Huge Rap Fan

May 17, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Finally, a catchy song about student loan debt.

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College Grads Making More Sacrifices for Student Loans

May 16, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Many Americans are figuring out the hardest lesson from college comes after you graduate

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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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Dvorkin On Debt: 3 Shocking Stats

April 18, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The recession is over, but are we spending our way into another one?

You can get student loan help to reduce your payments

Ask the Expert: Will Uncle Sam Pay Off My Student Loans?

April 13, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s son might join the military. That might help him defeat his debts.

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Ask The Expert: How Do I Deal With $120,000 In Student Loans?

March 23, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is embarrassed she ran up this much debt – as a finance and accounting major.

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Dvorkin On Debt: This Week’s Good News And Bad News

March 14, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Are Americans wising up about personal debt? Or are they doubling down?

Sibling Rivalry Is Paying For Her College

January 4, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The latest scholarship winner is a real cheapskate. So we’re giving her $500.

Get Out Of Debt Guy: No Way I Can Afford My Private Student Loans. What Can I Do?

December 31, 2015 | Steve Rhode

A reader needs a way out — and there may be one. Or more.

There’s Only One Good Thing About The Student Loan Crisis

December 14, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The crushing debt has a single silver lining. Hopefully, it’ll be worth all the dark clouds.

Student loan questions you never thought to ask

VIDEO: A Master’s Degree In Debt

October 27, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

What do Halloween and Graduation Day have in common? Both are frightening.

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Ask The Expert: Student Loans Or Health Insurance?

September 30, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader says she can’t pay for both. Which one should she choose?

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This Week Around The Web

September 18, 2015 | Brian Bienkowski

Ignoring student loans, online survey sites, credit card company tricks, frugal habits and bad habits costing you money.