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: October 14, 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

6 Websites to Help You Find the Cheapest Textbooks

Students spend thousands on textbooks. It doesn’t matter what field you’re studying. Literature? You’ve got to buy thirty-five novels for every class. Science or math major? Textbooks for these classes routinely cost upwards of $100 or more. But there are ways to get ahead of the curve on textbooks, and great ways to save money. […]

Published or Updated: July 27, 2015

How to Refinance a Student Loan in 15 Minutes

SoFi (short for Social Finance) is a peer-to-peer lending platform, not unlike Lending Club. Its primary focus is student loan refinancing. It offers both fixed and variable rate loans of varying terms from 5 to 20 years. It’s grown in popularity in part because it offers some of the lowest refinance rates available to college graduates. […]

Published or Updated: March 23, 2015

529 Plan vs. Roth IRA—How to save for college

What’s the best way to save for a child’s education? We compare three options–a 529 Plan, a Roth IRA, and a taxable account. Is it better to save for a child’s college education with a 529 plan or a Roth IRA? That’s the question that Dan, a listener to the weekly Dough Roller Money Podcast […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2015

DR 113: How to Invest in a 529 Plan

How should you invest money in a 529 plan? These college savings plans present some unique investing challenges. On the one hand you want the money to grow to at least keep up with the rising cost of college. On the other hand, there is a limited time horizon. Assume too much risk and the […]

Published or Updated: October 3, 2014

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