How to Pick the Best Student Loan Repayment Plan

Just starting to pay back your student loans, or have you been making payments on them for years? Either way, it pays to understand federal student loan repayment plans. Even if your loan servicer has already set your monthly payments, you can choose to switch to a new repayment plan. This is especially helpful if […]

Published or Updated: February 9, 2016

The Best Way to Save for College: UGMA vs 529 Plan

If you’ve seen the news lately, you’re probably aware that there is a student loan crisis happening in this country. Student loan debt is now estimated at over $1.3 trillion, with more than 40 million Americans carrying student loan debt. While the government tries to relieve some of the stress, there’s an even better way to pay for college […]

Published or Updated: February 4, 2016

3 Income-Based Repayment Plans: The Pros and Cons

Thousands of recent college graduates are struggling to pay large student loans at a time in their life when earnings are relatively low. But fortunately there is some relief, at least in regard to government-sponsored student loans. Of course, there are pros and cons involved with each that you need to be aware of before using one […]

Published or Updated: January 20, 2016

The Pros and Cons to Income-Based Student Loan Repayment

You’ve probably heard that there’s a student loan debt crises going on and that many borrowers find themselves unable to land jobs which provide them with enough income to live comfortably while making their payments. The headlines are everywhere, so it’s been hard to miss. But, do have you really dug into the crippling numbers? The total amount of student loan […]

Published or Updated: January 13, 2016

10 Top Rated Online Colleges

There are a dozens of ways to evaluate and rank online colleges. Whether it is through academic standards, instructor credentials, or student engagement, online colleges can be sliced and diced in a variety of ways to help you make the best decision for your college career. Being “top rated online college” means different things to different […]

Published or Updated: October 30, 2015

Student Loan Consolidation vs. Refinancing–Do You Know the Difference?

When it comes to student loan refinances, the words consolidation and refinance are often used interchangeably. But they are actually not the same thing – each describes an entirely different loan process. Because of the differences, you may find yourself going in one direction or the other. You may even decide that the best action is […]

Published or Updated: December 19, 2015

5 Tools to Calculate the Value of a College Degree

It is no secret that college degrees are expensive, but most parents still envision a college degree for their children. In October 2014, 68.4 percent of 2014’s high school graduates were enrolled in colleges or universities. However, with the average student loan debt at $28,400 and climbing, parents and students alike are putting more thought […]

Published or Updated: October 12, 2015

Review of CommonBond: Crowdfunding for Student Loans

Crowdfunding has come to the student loan world, and it’s being led by a platform known as CommonBond. Based in New York City, CommonBond is a web platform designed to provide student loans to graduate students. As a for-profit company with a “strong social mission,” CommonBond has funded or refinanced over $200 million in student […]

Published or Updated: August 15, 2015

A Free Service To Manage Your Child’s College Fund

Investing for a child’s education is not for the faint of heart. It’s much harder than investing for retirement. With retirement you have decades to plan, adjust investment choices, and to address any financial mistakes you’ve made. Saving for college doesn’t offer such luxuries. What’s particularly challenging with investing for a child’s education is the […]

Published or Updated: August 3, 2015

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