Education

Nine Strategies for Cultivating a Mindset of Financial Independence

As I’ve stated many times, Sarah and I have a central goal of financial independence at the earliest possible age. Financial independence, to us, means that the requirement of money in exchange for our work becomes entirely optional, leaving us to choose options for our work based entirely on our own skills and personal joy. …

College Internship Guide

College is tough. You’re applying for scholarships, dealing with student loan debt, taking tough courses, and all while worrying about the end game – getting a job after graduation. An internship is one of the best things you can do to help with your job quest. If it’s new to you, an internship is a …

Student Loan Forgiveness: Move to a Place that Pays Your Loans

Dealing with student loan debt can seem unbearable and overwhelming. As mentioned in the article, 15 Ways To Deal with Student Loan Debt, the average student owes a whopping $40,000 after graduation but almost 19 percent owe $50,000 and above with 5.6 percent owing over $100,000. Maybe you worked hard to save money in college …

15 Ways to Deal with Student Loan Debt

Dealing with student loan debt is tough. You’re probably no stranger to the student loan crisis we’re facing with $1.2 trillion and growing in debt. The average student will graduate with a whopping $40,000 in student loans, but for those who pursued graduate or higher degrees, switched majors, or went back to school, that number …

Affordable Online MBA Programs

This is the final article of a series on affordable online education. We previously covered specifically online colleges and various degree programs, including online bachelor’s and master’s degrees. If you missed the other articles in this series, you can navigate to each of them here: most affordable online colleges, affordable online bachelor’s degree programs, and …

Affordable Online Master’s Degree Programs

This is part of a four-part series that focuses on affordable online education, specifically online colleges and various degree programs. Other articles in this series cover the most affordable online colleges in general, affordable online bachelor’s degree programs, and affordable online MBA programs. We hope this series can send people in the right direction who …

Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs

This is part of a four-part series on affordable online colleges and degree programs. The other articles cover affordable online colleges, affordable online master’s degree programs, and affordable online MBA programs. Our goal with this series is to help anyone interested in online education find the best programs for the money and walk away with …

Eight Strategies for Preparing Your Kids Early for an Inexpensive College Education (or Other Options)

It’s a worry that pops into the mind of most parents not too long after their child is born. College. How on earth are we going to pay for a great education for our child? Prices at top-tier schools like MIT have seen annual tuition jump to over $50,000 a year, with no end in …

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Are “Rural Opportunity Zones” a Good Deal?

Shelley writes in: My husband and I have been considering moving to the Great Plains in order to enjoy smaller town life and much lower cost of living. I have been reading about Rural Opportunity Zones in Kansas and I am wondering what you think of them. Rural Opportunity Zones are just that – rural …

Some Thoughts on Self-Directed Education and Massive Open Online Courses

If you’ve been following news in the world of higher education over the past several years, one of the biggest issues is the potential transformative nature of free online self-directed education. These are often referred to as MOOCs – massive open online courses. There has been an explosion of really good online learning sites. Some …

College Scholarship Guide

Higher education costs are at an all-time high, and landing the right scholarship could be the difference between graduating debt-free or paying off loans for years and years. Unlike a loan, a scholarship does not need to be repaid. It is a gift. Scholarships are granted by a variety of entities, like schools, private endowments, …

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Most Affordable Online Colleges for 2014

Finding the most affordable online colleges comes down to looking for the best value, not just the lowest cost. You want to get what you pay for and then some, especially given that any degree is a two- or four-year investment. That means in order to find the best online schools for your money, you …

Why You Should Consider Trade School Instead of College

For a lot of people, going to a four year college seems like an automatic choice when they graduate from high school. The reason is obvious – more income. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, a college degree accounted for $15,000 in additional income per year versus a high school diploma ($30,000 versus …

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A New College Student’s Guide to Saving Money on Campus

It wasn’t all that long ago that I was enjoying that special summer between high school and college. I had graduated from high school, of course, but I was also the first person in my family to actually attend college. It was exciting and a bit frightening and almost overwhelming. Looking back now on my …

Four Hidden Costs of College

I still fondly remember my first semester at college. I was the first person in my family to go to college, and I was attending a reasonably prestigious university far enough away from home that it wasn’t feasible to go back with any regularity. I knew no one at all when I moved into my …

Your Degree Isn’t a Ticket to a Career

About once a week, I get an email from a panicked student about to graduate from college (or recently graduated). They’ll tell me about how they entered into a major that they thought led to a great career, only to find upon graduation that they’re working at Starbucks or not working at all, as are …

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The Fallback Question

For many people, the interesting career path that they feel most passionate about is one fraught with risk. Entrepreneurship. The creative arts. Professional sports. All of those career tracks – and many more – are ones where success is relatively hard to come by. Let’s say you’re a relatively skilled high school baseball player. You …

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The Simple Dollar’s Education in Insurance

Up until now, I’ve only occasionally dealt with a major component of monthly finance: your insurance. If you’ve got a family, like me, you have to know how your insurance works. For that matter, if you’re financially stable or you’ve got valuable property, grasping your coverage is just as necessary. When something unexpected happens, insurance …

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The Value of College

Over the last several months, I’ve had conversations with several people about the value they got from college. One person went to college to study chemical engineering and became a high school teacher. Another person went to study agriculture and became a database administrator. Yet another person went to law school and is now an …

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