How to Decide If 529 Prepaid Tuition Plans Are Right For You

If you’ve done much research about saving for your child’s college education, you’ve likely heard of 529 (or prepaid tuition) plans. These plans offer a tax-advantaged option to save specifically for future college expenses. Typical 529 plans operate similarly to IRAs. You put money in, sometimes netting a state tax benefit, though not a federal […]

Published or Updated: July 31, 2016

How to Maximize Your College Financial Aid Opportunities

When it comes to saving for college, many of us focus on a dollar amount. And it is good to have a goal, whether monthly, annually, or over a lifetime, for saving for your child’s college education. But what many of us don’t consider are strategies for maximizing financial aid for our children when they […]

Published or Updated: July 2, 2016

Could Tutoring Now Save You Money on College Later?

As many entry-level jobs today now require at least an Associate’s degree, if not a four-year Bachelor’s degree, millions more students are enrolling in college. While that can be a good thing for those students, statistics show that more and more first-year college students are entering freshman year unprepared for college-level classes. According to some […]

Published or Updated: May 31, 2016

A Review of “The White Coat Investor”: Money Advice for High Earners

Chris Mamula

Are you a physician, other medical professional, attorney, engineer, or in another profession requiring advanced education to obtain a high paying job? If so, you’ve spent years of your life going to school.  You’ve spent tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars obtaining degrees that allow you to be a highly compensated professional. But […]

Published or Updated: May 31, 2016

Tax Credits and Deductions for a College Education

If you’re a college student, are paying off student loans, or have a child in college in 2016, be sure to look out for education-related tax deduction and credits when you file your taxes next year. The IRS names several available deductions and credits related to college expenses, including student loan interest. I’ll break down […]

Published or Updated: May 21, 2016

What You Need to Know About Credit Scores and Student Debt Refinancing

One of the dilemmas facing people who have large student loan debt is the difficulty in refinancing student debt into loans with both lower interest rates and lower monthly payments. Refinancing generally requires either good or excellent credit. The credit score requirement may be too high for most recent college graduates. So does that mean that you […]

Published or Updated: April 14, 2016

How to Pick the Best Student Loan Repayment Plan

In this podcast we look at repayment plan options for those with federal student loans. Picking the best plan can lower your payments, and potentially save you a bundle.

Published or Updated: February 28, 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

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