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How to Get Out of Debt Faster: Balance Transfer or Payday Loan?

Anyone who’s ever found themselves overextended on debt knows what a precarious financial situation that can be. When unexpected costs pile on top of existing

10.26.17
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11 Strategies for Low-Cost Professional Development

Monique wrote in with a good question that quickly grew far beyond the boundaries of the reader mailbag (as good questions often do): What do

10.18.17
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The Most Efficient, Science-Based Way to Learn and Memorize Practically Anything

For the first 28 years of my life, I thought there was only one way to memorize information: brute force repetition. If my schooling taught

11.01.17
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STEM Education Resources: Free Computer Science Classes

Earlier this year, job search powerhouse Glassdoor released its study of the 50 best jobs in America for 2017. The majority of the list involves

10.12.17
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Collecting Badges: A New Way to Get a Leg Up at Work?

When you think of professional development, you might envision going back to school for a master’s degree or Ph.D. While advanced degrees will generally increase your earning power,

10.04.17
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100+ Scholarships for International Students (2017-18)

The “American Dream” can mean something different to everyone. For international students hoping to attend school in the United States of America, that dream means

09.28.17
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How to Teach Kids About Money, from Toddlers to Teens

The world is beginning to embrace the idea of a cashless economy, and it’s raised some interesting questions about how we impart financial knowledge to

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Six Books I Wish I’d Read Before Starting College

I did very little reading the summer before I started college. I was focused on figuring out which roommate was going to bring the mini-fridge

08.09.17
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How to Graduate From a Big-Name College for a Fraction of the Cost

One of the most effective ways for students to reduce the costs of higher education is to take the community college route to earning a

07.18.17
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How to Learn a New Language with Minimal Expense

One common question that readers send into the Reader Mailbag revolves around learning a particular language without a lot of expense. Most of the well-known

07.24.17
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The College Student’s Guide to Getting Out of Credit Card Debt (2017)

Credit cards can be powerful tools for college students. By using the right credit card responsibly, students can graduate with zero debt and a great

06.30.17
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The K-12 Teacher’s Guide to Funding Classroom Supplies

It’s often been said that you can’t put a price on education, but what about the out-of-pocket classroom expenses incurred by educators each year? In

05.07.17
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Watch These 10 Famous College Commencement Speeches for a Boost of Inspiration

Every year, college graduates get the opportunity to enjoy commencement speeches from some of the biggest names in art, religion, sports, business, and every other

05.01.17
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How to Choose the Right 529 Plan to Save for College

A 529 plan is a great way to save for your child’s college education, but it can be challenging to figure out which plan you

03.21.17
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Three Big Mistakes Students Make When Accepting Financial Aid

I graduated college with $145,000 in student loans. The worst part about it? I was willfully ignorant about the amount I borrowed. It would all

03.06.17
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An Advanced Degree Can Help You Earn More Money – and Spend It All, If You’re Not Careful

For many college graduates, an advanced degree is a one-way ticket to earning more. By working beyond a bachelor’s degree, new graduates can climb the

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How to Spot Student Loan Forgiveness Scams

After completing college, you may feel overburdened by your student loan costs, but don’t fall victim to student loan forgiveness scams that offer false promises

12.15.16
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Scholarships for Women Returning to College

No matter why you left college in the first place — to raise children, to care for aging parents, to work full-time, to figure out