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U.S. financial and economic topics from several finance writers.

Student Debt in 2018

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Student debt has officially gotten out of control. I was reading some interesting articles this weekend on student debt and I thought I would share some of the highlights. I am also not providing any kind of solution, but this has to be addressed. It may be too late, but the numbers below are just staggering! Student loan debt is now the second highest consumer debt category. Student debt is only behind mortgage debt, and...
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Scary read! The Student Loan Debt is astronomical in size. In my mind I would like to see a tax break for students who pay a certa... Read More
Thursday, 29 November 2018 20:30
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What is a 529 plan

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As I discussed last month, a 529 plan is a great way to save for your children’s future. However, many people may not know what a 529 plan is and what kind of benefits it offers to you and your children. Below is a high level summary of what a 529 plan is. Please feel free to include any questions or experiences with 529 plans in the comments section below. A 529 plan is a...
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I just opened my own account for my future child. When she is born, I will transfer it over to her name.
Monday, 29 October 2018 11:18
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Tips and Tricks to Help you Pay Off your Student Loans Faster

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This shocked me, but I read an article that stated there are over than 44 million borrowers who owe more than $1.4 trillion in student loan debt! That amounts to over $31,800 per person, which is a lot of money! While you may not be able to pay off the entire amount quickly, the ball is in your court and there are several ways to ease your current debt burden. Below are some great tips...
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Anyone having success paying off their student loan debts??
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 17:10
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Update on How I Am Paying off My Student Loans

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I wanted to provide everyone an update on my progress on paying off my student loans. This not only helps me keep track of my progress, but I hope it provide others in my situation an example as well as some helpful tips. I am officially one year in, and I have paid $17,400 towards my student loans. While this number feels great, I know I still have a long way to go. With my...
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Disadvantages of Student Loans

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I just discussed the benefits of student loans since student loan debt has been in the media so much lately. As I do believe there is a real problem that is occurring, I wrote about some obvious advantages of student loans that help aspiring students. Now I am going to discuss several disadvantages of student loans and problems that can come up if the student does not realize what he or she is getting into....
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Benefits of Student Loans

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Student loans and student loan debt has been in the media quite a bit recently, especially with how much student loan debt has increased over the years. Some of the criticisms are accurate, and a real problem may be arising. Yet I wanted to write some obvious advantages of student loans, and for certain situations, student loans can provide huge benefits for an individual. Can be great deals for a student: Many people are understandably...
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How I Am Paying off My Student Loans

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​I have student loans. I am just like millions of other young Americans who have to pay back student loans because I wanted to get a better education, and I wanted to get an advanced degree. There isn't necessarily anything wrong with that, but issues come up when people talk about having to pay them back. I am not going to discuss these opinions, but I did want to give you an example of how...
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As an update, I am currently ahead of schedule! If my keep up with my plan, I will actually be debt free by the end of this year, ... Read More
Friday, 23 February 2018 14:25
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5 Ways to Pay Back Your Student Loans Faster

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Everyone who has student loans wants to pay them off and wants them to go away. There are many ways to help you pay back your student loans faster. If you make your student loans a priority, it will be easier to pay them off. Below are 5 ways to help you pay them back faster:  Make a plan and understand your loans.  You need to understand your loan amounts, terms, rates, etc. and map out...
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Student Loans – What To Do When They Don't Cover Full Tuition

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It can be really difficult to know what to do when student loans don’t cover your full tuition. This can leave you in a very difficult position, especially if you don’t have parents that can help you out. You have a few different options if you find yourself in this situation. You should initially try to find out if you can get grants or further student loans. For example, if in the past you have...
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3 Ways College Students can Prepare Financially for the Second Semester

3 Ways College Students can Prepare Financially for the Second Semester
As a college student, there’s no better feeling than putting the first semester of the school year in the past. While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying your winter break, it goes without saying that the second semester will arrive sooner rather than later. Are you financially prepared for everything the second half of the year will bring? Here are three ways to ensure that you’re on the right track when this time of the year...
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I would add: (1) be organized and (2) set a concrete budget for the 2nd half.
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 17:05
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