Category Archives: College planning

Saving for College? Don’t Overlook 529 Plans

As tuition costs continue to rise at double the rate of inflation, parents are thinking more and more about how to help children afford college. But surprisingly, surveys continue to reveal that many Americans have never heard of one of … Continue Reading

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Advice for the College-Bound

It’s that time of year again. Time for parents to pack the car and drive their children off to college. As college costs continue to increase faster than the rate of inflation, many parents will spend more than a quarter … Continue Reading

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Where Are You Going to College?

Be careful when you ask, “Where are you going to college?” The answer could be carrying plenty of baggage. The Boston Globe recently ran a story, Parents Get Competitive on College, about parents bragging about their children’s college acceptances, going … Continue Reading

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Financial Aid Tips

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, How Not to Blow it with Financial Aid  by John Kuczala gives some great advice for parents and students looking for help with college costs. First, get acquainted with two forms: The … Continue Reading

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Pomp and Circumstance

It’s graduation season and the job market certainly looks challenging for the college class of 2012. In fact, our labor market, still limping along, unable to fully recover from the recession, already has left half of young college graduates either … Continue Reading

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Is a College Degree Worth What It Costs?

PIMCO bond fund legend Bill Gross grabbed the spotlight a few weeks ago when he questioned the value of a college education in today’s economy. In “School Daze, School Daze, Good Old Golden Rule Days,” he wrote, “College was great … Continue Reading

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Does Your College Aid Package Include a Loan?

According to Finaid.org, more than $100 billion in federal education loans and $10 billion in private student loans are originated each year. Of course, the terms of various loans can vary greatly. Stafford Loans are federal loans that come in … Continue Reading

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Is College Worth It?

Here’s a statistic that recently gave me pause:  45 percent of college students demonstrate no significant improvement in a range of skills, including critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing during their first two years of college. The findings come from … Continue Reading

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Is a College Degree Worth the Cost?

If you are paying college tuition, watching your bills increase faster than the rate of inflation, you might be asking yourself this question. Over the course of a working life, it’s been estimated that college grads earn from $900,000 to … Continue Reading

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