Education

12 Common Money Mistakes New College Graduates Make

Life after college graduation can be an overwhelming experience. Your whole world is changing. You may be both thrilled and sad to be done with your college days, excited for the new beginning, and nervous about what the future holds. College may have been the first time you were somewhat on your own financially. But now …

Guide to Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is a general term for taking classes toward a college degree in another country. Program choices vary – you can find study abroad opportunities through your own college or through other colleges, organizations, or companies.We’ll take a look at some of the benefits and drawbacks, the costs (and how to keep them down), and …

Categories: Education, Travel

Common Money Mistakes College Students Make

College is an exciting time of new experiences, learning, and figuring out the rest of your life. Unfortunately, many of the mistakes we make in college can shape our future more than we might realize. If you rack up student loan debt or credit card debt, you’ll be dealing with student loans and other poor money decisions for …

Categories: Education, Loans, Money

Year-by-Year College Financial Checklist

While there are steps you can take to ease your student loan debt at any age, you may actually have the most control over it while you’re still in school. Here’s a semester-by-semester glance at money moves you should make and milestones not to miss. Freshman Year First Semester Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as …

Categories: Careers, Education

Online Learning: College Without the Degree (or the Cost)

Online learning is revolutionizing education. Most of us take for granted that we have access to an incredible array of learning resources right at our fingertips. But what’s the point? Unfortunately, we live with a slightly distorted view of what education is and how it works. We go to college not to learn, but to get a …

10 Worst College Degrees to Earn in 2015

Before you decide to go to college — or, more specifically, before you agree to take on a mountain of debt to pay for it — you might want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth from the experience. Most people go to college to learn, better themselves, and prepare for a career, and many students accomplish that goal. …

15 Ways to Reduce Your Loans While You’re Still in College

Stories of college graduates struggling to deal with their student loans are enough to scare away any bright-eyed college hopeful. If you’re thinking about college or in school right now, there are plenty of steps you can take to help reduce the amount of student loan debt you’ll be saddled with after graduation. Here are 15 ways to reduce your …

Student Loan Forgiveness: Joining the Military

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

Student Loan Forgiveness: Jobs That Pay Off Your Debt

Dealing with student loan debt can seem unbearable and overwhelming. As mentioned in 15 Ways To Deal with Student Loan Debt, the average student owes a whopping $40,000 after graduation — but almost one in five students owes $50,000 or more, and 5.6 percent owe over $100,000. Maybe you worked hard to save money in college, diligently keeping your …

Student Loans 101: Vocabulary

Money and college can be confusing. Whether you’re just starting out on your college journey or dealing with student loans from years ago, here is a glossary of helpful terms you may need to know: Accredited: If your college and program is accredited, it means that it has met specific requirements by the U.S. Department of 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 …

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 …

Categories: Education, Family

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, …

Categories: Education

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 …

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