Paying for College

How to Pay Off $130,000 in Parent PLUS Loans for Just $33,000
Paying for College

How to Pay Off $130,000 in Parent PLUS Loans for Just $33,000

Meet Nate. He took out $130,000 in Parent PLUS loans for his kids. The standard repayment plan will cost him over $170,000. But some smart strategizin…
April 12, 2021
Student Loans: Pay Down or Hold Pat?
Paying for College

Student Loans: Pay Down or Hold Pat?

Before you tell your lender you want to resume payments, consider whether there are better uses for your money.
February 22, 2021
Biden Extends Student Loan Relief, Is Loan Forgiveness Next?
Coronavirus and Your Money

Biden Extends Student Loan Relief, Is Loan Forgiveness Next?

On his first day as president, Joe Biden continued the suspension of student loan payments until October.
January 22, 2021
The Financial Aid Form Gets a Makeover
Paying for College

The Financial Aid Form Gets a Makeover

Starting with the FAFSA available for filing in October 2022, the number of questions will be reduced from 108 to 36.
January 21, 2021
Some College Students Can Still Get a Stimulus Check
Coronavirus and Your Money

Some College Students Can Still Get a Stimulus Check

Since the deadline is right around the corner, quick action is needed for college students who are eligible for a stimulus check.
November 17, 2020

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Stay on Course With Student Loans
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Stay on Course With Student Loans

You may be eligible for deferment if you receive unemployment benefits or are unable to find a full-time job.
August 27, 2020
College During COVID
Paying for College

College During COVID

Students and their families must be ready to adapt to the changes in the way they attend—and possibly pay for—college.
July 30, 2020
This Olympian Has a New Goal: Closing the Wealth Gap
Financial Planning

This Olympian Has a New Goal: Closing the Wealth Gap

She encourages advisers to introduce students to financial planning.
July 21, 2020
Class of COVID-19
Starting Out: New Grads and Young Professionals

Class of COVID-19

Recent graduates are starting their careers at a time of tremendous uncertainty, but hiring is up in several job categories.
July 2, 2020
7 Ways the Pandemic Will Change College Forever
college

7 Ways the Pandemic Will Change College Forever

Colleges and universities face steep budget cuts, enrollment challenges and new types of competition as a result of COVID-19. We cover the changes you…
June 19, 2020
How to Fund a Memorial Scholarship to Honor a Veteran
Paying for College

How to Fund a Memorial Scholarship to Honor a Veteran

With the help of a college or community foundation, you can establish a scholarship in the name of a loved one to help students in perpetuity.
May 24, 2020
How to Endow a Scholarship to Honor a Veteran
college

How to Endow a Scholarship to Honor a Veteran

You may be able to set up a scholarship fund through a college or community foundation, or support educational programs through a charity that special…
May 24, 2020
How One Couple Is Funding College for Their Four Kids
college

How One Couple Is Funding College for Their Four Kids

Matt and Suellen Sharp are hoping to help their quadruplets graduate from college with as little debt as possible.
April 3, 2020
Is College Still a Good Investment?
Paying for College

Is College Still a Good Investment?

Rising college costs and heavy debt have raised doubts about the payoff from a college degree.
March 5, 2020
Tax Credits for College Expenses
Paying for College

Tax Credits for College Expenses

With the American Opportunity Credit and the Lifetime Learning credit, Uncle Sam helps you defray some of the costs of getting a higher education.
February 4, 2020
A New Way to Repay College Loans
college

A New Way to Repay College Loans

Parents may now use money from their 529 college-savings plans to help their children pay off student loans.
January 30, 2020
Yes, You Can Buy a Home, Start a Family AND Pay Off Your Student Loans
Paying for College

Yes, You Can Buy a Home, Start a Family AND Pay Off Your Student Loans

From loan forgiveness, to expedited payments and income-adjusted payments, there are strategies available to get a grip on overwhelming student debt.
November 20, 2019
Avoiding the Debt Trap for Your Child's Higher Education
college

Avoiding the Debt Trap for Your Child's Higher Education

A four-year college experience could easily cost a family $100,000 these days. So, to make it work, parents need to do three things: Start saving earl…
November 8, 2019
Do You Save for College or for Retirement? What Parents Need to Know
retirement

Do You Save for College or for Retirement? What Parents Need to Know

Here's a message that all parents need to take to heart: It's OK to put yourself ahead of your kids. In fact, putting your retirement needs ahead of t…
October 7, 2019
How to Help Grandchildren Pay for College
retirement

How to Help Grandchildren Pay for College

Follow these tax-saving strategies while gifting money to help fund their education.
August 30, 2019
How You — and Your Kids — Can Make Smart Student Loan Decisions
college

How You — and Your Kids — Can Make Smart Student Loan Decisions

The commitments you make now have consequences that could last for decades. Being well-informed about student debt and repayment can make a world of d…
August 20, 2019
The College Debit Card Trap
credit & debt

The College Debit Card Trap

High fees can make branded cards a bad deal.
August 1, 2019
The Best College Values
spending

The Best College Values

Associate editor Kaitlin Pitsker joins the show to discuss Kiplinger’s annual college value rankings. Plus, Sandy and Ryan discuss tax holidays and ot…
July 30, 2019
Student Loans: To Solve the Problem, Understand the History
Paying for College

Student Loans: To Solve the Problem, Understand the History

It's no secret that college students today are in a bind. To avoid the pitfalls of crushing student debt, take a look at how we got into this sticky s…
June 10, 2019
The Problem With PLUS Loans
college

The Problem With PLUS Loans

New student loan rates are lower, but parent loans are still no bargain.
June 7, 2019