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Four Ways to Use a Roth IRA That Have Nothing to Do With Retirement

The Roth IRA is one of the most widely touted retirement accounts, and for good reason. It’s one of the only accounts that offers tax-free

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Two-Sided Coin: Is College Worth the Cost?

This is the first in a series of posts called the “Two-Sided Coin,” where TSD’s Jon Gorey and Holly Johnson take opposing viewpoints on a number of personal


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While budgeting might be the last thing on your mind as a college student, embracing this aspect of adulthood might be the smartest move you’ll

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College Decision Time: How to Compare Financial Aid Offers and Pick the Right School

Navigating the complex world of college admissions is hard enough, but figuring out how you’ll pay for it all can be an absolute nightmare. Not

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Good Investing Goes Beyond the Stock Market

When people talk about investing, they almost always talk about the stock market. Heck, if you check out my archives here at The Simple Dollar,

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Eight Common Myths About the FAFSA, Busted

Whether you’re heading off to college straight from high school or you’re a nontraditional student getting a new degree, it’s time to think about filling

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10 Worst States for Student Loan Debt

Time and again, statistics show that a college degree is a good investment. College graduates make more money cumulatively, studies show, helping them achieve greater

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For-Profit Colleges Aren’t Worth the Price

As someone who keeps a close eye on trends within higher education and writes about them often, I was saddened but not surprised to hear

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Community Repair: The Cure for Your Consumption Blues?

The other day, a piece my shower handle cracked off. It didn’t bother me. The shower handle still worked. It just looked a little funny.

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Using Credit Card Rewards to Pay Off Student Loans

Pursuing cash back and travel rewards is an easy way to save money on family vacations, fun adventures, and educational trips. But did you know

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10 Worst States for College Affordability

While it’s true that around 85% of students receive financial aid at public, four-year institutions, that number offers a deceptively optimistic view of college affordability. The

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Why I Sometimes Regret Choosing Harvard over Community College

Back in 2008, I was a junior at Harvard University. It was around 10 p.m., and I was heading back to my dorm room after

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Top 10 States for College Affordability

Year after year, we hear how the cost of college is ballooning out of control. But, is it true? After mulling this question over, I

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Student Guide to Checking Accounts

If you’re in college, the idea of maintaining a checking account could be brand new to you. After all, this may be the first time

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Student Guide to Car Insurance

If you’re lucky enough to drive your own set of wheels during college, now’s the time to do a little bit of homework on car

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Start College Off Right With Discover it® for Students

Your bags are packed and your dorm room is ready, but do you have everything you need for college? Chances are, you’re missing a valuable

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College Un-Checklist: 10 Things Not to Bring to Campus

As the first days of school approach, many new college students are trying to figure out what to bring – and what not to bring

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How to Save Money on College Textbooks

Over the last few days, I’ve heard from a handful of college students that are facing the start of their fall semester in college and

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