New Graduates’ Guide to Paying Off Student Loans
student loans

New Graduates’ Guide to Paying Off Student Loans

Congratulations on finishing your degree! Now it’s time to study up on the best way to pay off your student debt. You have a lot of options, so choose…
June 12, 2021
Protect Yourself Against New ID-Theft Schemes
Scams

Protect Yourself Against New ID-Theft Schemes

Crooks are using more-sophisticated tricks to steal your data. It's time to improve your armor.
May 27, 2021
How to Fix Your Credit Reports
Coronavirus and Your Money

How to Fix Your Credit Reports

Before you apply for a mortgage or car loan, check your credit files for errors that could derail your plans.
May 24, 2021
Freeze Your Credit in 3 Steps
credit & debt

Freeze Your Credit in 3 Steps

Freezing your accounts at the three major credit bureaus is the best way to prevent thieves from opening new credit accounts in your name.
May 17, 2021
Getting an RV Loan: What You Should Expect
Travel

Getting an RV Loan: What You Should Expect

An RV's steep price tag means lenders may have stricter requirements, such as a higher credit score and additional documentation, for borrowers.
April 1, 2021

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Get Free Weekly Credit Reports for Another Year
Coronavirus and Your Money

Get Free Weekly Credit Reports for Another Year

Take advantage of the extension to check each report for errors or signs of fraudulent activity.
March 26, 2021
6 Biden Stimulus Benefits That Pack the Biggest Punch
Coronavirus and Your Money

6 Biden Stimulus Benefits That Pack the Biggest Punch

From stimulus checks to enhanced unemployment benefits, these perks from the American Rescue Plan will provide significant financial relief to million…
March 26, 2021
Forgiven Student Loan Debt Will Be Tax-Free
Coronavirus and Your Money

Forgiven Student Loan Debt Will Be Tax-Free

President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package lays the groundwork to forgive some student loan debt.
March 11, 2021
How to Keep Tabs on Your Credit Report
Coronavirus and Your Money

How to Keep Tabs on Your Credit Report

Free weekly access is ending, but several services let you view your credit files more than once a year.
March 5, 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 Steers PPP Loans to Smallest Businesses
Coronavirus and Your Money

Biden Steers PPP Loans to Smallest Businesses

For two weeks, mom-and-pop businesses will move to the front of the line for Paycheck Protection Program loans.
February 22, 2021
Tax Changes and Key Amounts for the 2020 Tax Year
tax law

Tax Changes and Key Amounts for the 2020 Tax Year

There were a lot of tax changes for the 2020 tax year. Get familiar with them now – before you file your 2020 tax return.
February 8, 2021
FAFSA Application Changes Are Coming – What They Mean for Middle- and High-Income Families
student loans

FAFSA Application Changes Are Coming – What They Mean for Middle- and High-Income Families

Applying for college financial aid will soon get easier, but some single parents and those with multiple kids in college may not be happy about other …
February 2, 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
When Is Bankruptcy the Right Move?
Coronavirus and Your Money

When Is Bankruptcy the Right Move?

Seeking protection from creditors can provide a lifeline, but there are plenty of trade-offs.
January 21, 2021
A Second Round of PPP Loans is Coming (With Some Improvements)
Coronavirus and Your Money

A Second Round of PPP Loans is Coming (With Some Improvements)

PPP loans are getting a second life. There will be some helpful changes, like tax deductions for expenses paid with forgiven loan proceeds.
December 23, 2020
Joe Biden’s Student Loan Plan: What’s in It for You?
student loans

Joe Biden’s Student Loan Plan: What’s in It for You?

The future of student loan debt could look quite a bit different, if President-elect Joe Biden gets his way (and Congress cooperates). From loan forgi…
December 7, 2020
My Student Loan Relief Is Set to Expire, What Now?
student loans

My Student Loan Relief Is Set to Expire, What Now?

Millions of student loan borrowers are in for a rude awakening after Jan. 31. The ability to suspend loan payments is coming to an end, so you need to…
December 7, 2020
With Private Loan Interest Rates So Low, Should You Refinance a Federal Student Loan?
student loans

With Private Loan Interest Rates So Low, Should You Refinance a Federal Student Loan?

Whether to take a private student loan or refinance a federal student loan comes down to several factors, including your comfort level with the paymen…
November 14, 2020
Retirees, Make the Most of Your Home Equity
Budgeting

Retirees, Make the Most of Your Home Equity

A home equity loan or home equity line of credit may be perfect for your retirement finances. But don't delay; a fee increase is coming.
November 2, 2020
PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications are Now Easier
Coronavirus and Your Money

PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications are Now Easier

Small businesses that received PPP loans of $50,000 or less can now apply for forgiveness using a simplified application form.
October 16, 2020
Watch Out for COVID Cons
Scams

Watch Out for COVID Cons

Isolated seniors are particularly vulnerable to pandemic-related scams.
September 30, 2020
FAQs on CARES Act Relief for Student Loan Borrowers
student loans

FAQs on CARES Act Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

Here’s how to know if you qualify – and how you should take advantage.
September 21, 2020
Give Your Credit a Boost
Coronavirus and Your Money

Give Your Credit a Boost

When times get tough, your credit profile could take a hit. Here’s how to keep it in shape.
August 27, 2020