Education

Affordable Online MBA Programs

This is the final article in 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 in 2015

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 help guide people who are looking for …

Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs in 2015

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 …

Most Affordable Online Colleges for 2015

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 that to find the best online schools for your money, you have …

Should You Co-Sign a Loan?

“Will you co-sign a loan?” That’s almost like asking, “Will you marry me?” Well, maybe not quite that intense. However, a marriage can end in divorce, while a co-signed loan can last forever. A co-signer is generally needed when a person applying for a loan, say a car loan or student loan, doesn’t have enough …

Six Biggest Myths About 529 Plans

By Kathryn Flynn A college degree is worth more today than ever before. In fact, according to a study by Pew Research, young adults with a four-year degree earn around $17,500 more per year on average than those with only a high school diploma. So the question for most families is not “will our children …

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 – higher income. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, a bachelor’s degree accounted for an average of $16,900 in additional income per year compared to a high school …

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Tips for Landing a Job After College

Buckle up. You’ve done the work, and you’ve got the debt to prove it, but you’re finally finishing college and ready to start looking for a job. Piece of cake, right? Not to scare you, but the unemployment rate for recent college graduates is at 8.5%, and the underemployment rate is at 16.8%. That doesn’t mean …

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Best Apps to Save You Money in College

Did you hear? College is super-expensive. So here are some apps that could save you money while you’re there. Your Bank’s App Monitor your account so you can track your spending. Depending on your bank, you can also receive alerts when your funds are low, transfer money to a savings account, or find an ATM …

10 Master’s Degrees That Can Actually Pay Off

Earning a college degree is usually the best way to guarantee better job prospects and higher pay. You put the work in up front, do your best, and emerge from the experience with the skills employers expect and demand. And most of the time, that investment pays off. Here’s a good example: According to Bureau …

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20 Colleges Well Worth the Money

Here’s a sobering statistic: Over 20 years, you’d earn a better return investing your college fund in the stock market than actually using it to attend most colleges in the United States. In fact, according to a just-released report from PayScale, the 20-year annualized return on investment (ROI) for both Apple (24.8%) and Microsoft (15.2%) shares …

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Take These Steps to Deal With Massive Student Loan Debt

Dealing with any student debt is challenging, but what about when the amount is simply overwhelming? About one in five borrowers owes more than $50,000 in student loans, and 5.6% owe more than $100,000. It’s no wonder studies are showing that this generation of debtors is putting off marriage and having children, forgoing homeownership, and unfortunately defaulting on their …

Struggling With Student Loans? How to Lower Your Payments

If you’re struggling to make your student loan payments, one option to explore is income-driven repayment plans. These plans are available to federal borrowers to help manage student loan debt. Under these plans, monthly payments are lower than under the Standard Repayment Plan. They make it so what you’re paying every month is tied into …

More Than One Kid? How to Save for College

A reader named Autumn asks a good question: “Hi, I need some advice… My sweet newborn was given a little over $1,000 from our family for his higher education. I thought about putting it into a 529 plan, but I don’t want this money to be only in his name since we plan to have …

Why You Don’t Need a Business Degree to Start a Business

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain Do you need a business degree to know how to run a business? Most of the business lessons that have helped me become successful as an entrepreneur were not learned in college. They were learned by starting businesses that either worked or didn’t …

Is an Unpaid Internship Worth It?

Unpaid internships are definitely a hot-button issue for college students and recent grads. Ross Perlin, author of  “Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy,” estimates that of the million or so students doing internships, half aren’t being paid for their hard work. And it’s not only students, but …

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Guide to Student Checking Accounts

If you’re in college, the idea of a checking account could be brand new to you. After all, this may be the first time you’ve been responsible for paying your own cell phone bill, rent, or utilities. Whether you’re just getting started or have been researching your options, here’s what you should know when looking …

Categories: Banking, Education

Seven Volunteer Vacations for an Alternative Spring Break

If the idea of drinking and dancing on the beach all day for a solid week isn’t quite your ideal spring break, there are plenty of other options out there. And even if that is your ideal spring break, you still might feel like it’s more important to get out and do some good in the …

Six Cheap Spring Break Destinations and How to Save

What college student doesn’t welcome spring break with open arms? Every year, thousands of students flee their campuses for a wild week away from it all. But if you’re one of them, resist the urge to max out a charge card — opt for someplace more affordable. Affordable Spring Break Destinations Myrtle Beach, S.C.: This …

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