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A New Way to Repay College Loans
Paying for 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The College Debit Card Trap

High fees can make branded cards a bad deal.
August 1, 2019
The Best College Values
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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
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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
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The Problem With PLUS Loans

New student loan rates are lower, but parent loans are still no bargain.
June 7, 2019
Your Boss May Help You Save for College
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Your Boss May Help You Save for College

Some employers allow payroll deduction into 529 plans.
June 6, 2019
Get a Head Start on College Savings
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Get a Head Start on College Savings

It’s a daunting prospect. In 18 years, attending an in-state public college for four years will likely cost a total of about $233,000.
May 13, 2019
Lessons Learned From the College Bribery Scandal
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Lessons Learned From the College Bribery Scandal

Being a snowplow parent who removes obstacles is not the way to raise emotionally healthy, money-smart kids.
May 9, 2019
How to Decipher a Financial Aid Letter
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How to Decipher a Financial Aid Letter

Some colleges blur the lines between loans and grants.
March 26, 2019
Understanding the Cost of College
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Understanding the Cost of College

Kiplinger's staff writer and higher education guru Kaitlin Pitsker explains how parents and students can choose the best school that fits their financ…
March 11, 2019
How to Start Saving for Your Child's College Education
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How to Start Saving for Your Child's College Education

It can feel overwhelming, but don't let that stop you, because you really can do it. Start today. Here's how.
March 11, 2019
Deadlines for 529 College-Savings Plan Distributions
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Deadlines for 529 College-Savings Plan Distributions

You may be able to use the 529 money for more expenses than you thought. But you must take withdrawals in the calendar year you incur the expense.
November 26, 2018
The Advantages of Filing the FAFSA Form Early
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The Advantages of Filing the FAFSA Form Early

You can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for the next year of college starting October 1. And the earlier you file, the better your…
September 27, 2018
How to Help Pay a Grandchild's Tuition
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How to Help Pay a Grandchild's Tuition

Learn what you can pay for and what will get taxed.
August 30, 2018
College Savings 101: Arguments Against 529 Plans and Alternatives That Might Work Better
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College Savings 101: Arguments Against 529 Plans and Alternatives That Might Work Better

Before you pump money into a 529 College Savings Plan, make sure you have three important boxes checked. And even after you check those boxes, you mig…
August 20, 2018
Best Ways to Pay for Grad School
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Best Ways to Pay for Grad School

Getting an advanced degree isn't cheap. But you may not need to go into debt.
May 9, 2018
Gifting College to Your Grandchild
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Gifting College to Your Grandchild

With college costs skyrocketing, some grandparents are looking for ways to help pay for grandkids' educations. But before you pull out the checkbook, …
April 6, 2018
Invest in the Private College 529 Plan
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Invest in the Private College 529 Plan

How you can use the money at colleges in the plan, and even at those who aren't.
March 8, 2018
Smart Ways to Study Abroad
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Smart Ways to Study Abroad

Our crash course in paying for a student's stay overseas, from tuition to cell phone.
March 5, 2018
Colleges Slash Sticker Prices
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Colleges Slash Sticker Prices

But lower published prices may not save you money.
November 1, 2017
Higher Education - Is College Worth It?
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Higher Education - Is College Worth It?

Too many degrees are a waste of money. The return on higher education would be much better if college were cheaper.May 2014
October 12, 2017