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A Simple Chart That Explains Why College Tuition Is Going Up


Americans of all ages grapple with the cost of higher education, whether it’s trying to save for the future, choosing a college or repaying student loan debt. Tuition and fees at U.S. colleges has increased an average of 5% every year for the last decade, and the $ 1.2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt is projected to grow. In ... Read More »

    How I Saved $70,000 to Send Two Kids to College

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    In our Money Mic series, we hand over the podium to people with controversial views about money. These are their views, not ours, but we welcome your responses. Today, one woman shares how she made saving for her kids’ college education her top priority — stashing away thousands years before her daughter and son were even ready to enroll. Ten years ... Read More »

      Is College a Good Return on Investment. Facts are Surprising.


      Seattle, Washington (PRWEB) March 05, 2015 PayScale, Inc., the world’s leading provider of on-demand compensation data and software, today announced the 2015 PayScale College Return on Investment (ROI) Report. “How much student loan debt college kids and their families take on has serious implications for their future financial health. With average student loan debt hovering around $30K, students can’t afford ... Read More »

        The College Cost Blame Game Has a New Twist

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        A new narrative is beginning to take shape on the higher education front. At a recent meeting of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, its chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and the chancellors of the University System of Maryland and Vanderbilt University talked about the financial toll that regulatory compliance is taking on the schools—$ 14 ... Read More »

          Why You Should Never Pay Sticker Price for College


          by Marian Wang ProPublica, Jan. 2, 2014, 9:27 a.m. You know all those seemingly great sales during the holidays? It turns out, they are often a “carefully engineered illusion.”  A recent piece in the Wall Street Journal defines what it calls “retail theater,” noting that often the discounts being offered to bargain-conscious consumers are carefully planned out by retailers from ... Read More »

            Student Loans Today are Akin to Debt Slavery. It’s Real and a Life Killer.

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            I grew up in an era where we were taught to go to college and get a degree. You would better your life I was told. That was the 1970s. At that time the majority of my peers were headed off to college and the majority would graduate without student loan debt. They had a degree and new hope for ... Read More »

              Tax Payer Anatomy. Look At the Average Income.


              H&R Block just released the following info graphic which gives us some interesting facts about tax payers and their obligations. 48% of the U.S. population are taxpayers. 70% of taxpayers e-file. The majority of taxpayers file as single. The average taxpayer claims 1.4 dependents. 3,330,871 people claimed their parents as an exemption. Kind of a scary statistic to think that ... Read More »

                We Need to Eliminate Our Credit Card Debt to Afford College Loans. – Michael

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                “Dear Steve, My wife and I have approximately $56,000 in credit card debt. We have implemented a austerity plan, and am paying that down at the rate of approximately $800 a month. The problem is that in Dec. 2013, we will have to start paying $1600 a month in college loans for our daughters education. In order to afford that, ... Read More »

                  Bogus ‘Obama Mom’ Grants Lure Students

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                  by Sharona Coutts ProPublica, July 23, 10:34 a.m. July 26: This story has been corrected. Listen to Marketplace’s version of this story. After being laid off from her job as a high school teacher in Dayton, Ohio, Nicole Massey decided to go back to college. For months, she scoured the Web for ways to fund her tuition, while supporting her ... Read More »

                    Should I Wait For Grandma to Die So I Can Pay My Debt? – Jack

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                    “Dear Steve, I have credit card debt of $95000, 2nd mortgage of $40000, 1st mortgage of $140000. My house is worth perhaps $300000. I make $115000 annually plus bonus in good years of 15%. This wasn’t a good year, so there was none. My stock options are now under water (worth zero). I’m using my IRA to fund my daughter’s ... Read More »

                      Husband Cutoff Access to His GI Bill for Daughter and Now I’m Left Paying for College. – Janice

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                      Janice “Dear Steve, Please help me I am drowning!!!!! I have five credit cards totaling a balance of around $14,000 and a house payment of $894. I also have a truck pmt of $535 but only five payments remaining. Having to pay college tution and fees at the last minute because my daughters dad had planned for her to use ... Read More »

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