5 Steps for Giving a 529 Account this Christmas

Looking for a gift for the kid who has everything? Skip the millionth set of Legos or pair of designer jeans, and give a gift that will truly last a lifetime: a college savings account. Not sure how to go about opening or contributing to a 529 account this Christmas? Take these steps to get […]

Published or Updated: December 20, 2013

The Complete Guide to 529 Plans

A Section 529 Savings Account, 529 for short, is a great way to start saving for your child’s college education. Whether you can save a little or a lot for college, this is one of the best ways to do it, because 529 accounts grow tax-deferred. Need to learn more about 529s? This in-depth guide […]

Published or Updated: December 17, 2014

Planning for College Costs

It’s never too early to start thinking about how you will pay for your children’s college education. The process can be complex, but we break it down to help you get a handle on planning for college costs. Set Goals As parents, we have goals and dreams for our children. We want our kids to […]

Published or Updated: September 4, 2013

How to Maximize Your College Financial Aid Opportunities

Photo: 401 (K) 2013 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 […]

Published or Updated: May 5, 2013

The Price for Living in a Good School District? $205,000

The Brookings Institute recently released a study (pdf) on the cost of housing in good school districts. The study was of particular interest to me because of a case I worked on in law school dealing with the inequality of public school funding. Basically, because schools are funded in large part from real estate taxes, […]

Published or Updated: April 3, 2014

The 35 Best Online Colleges and Universities

Twenty years ago, the only way to obtain a college education was to do it the old fashioned, and expensive way.  Admittance to college came through the submission of an application through the mail (and usually with a check of $50 or more) and after completing your four year, 120 credit degree, you’re provided a […]

Published or Updated: June 6, 2013

How Much Should You Borrow For College?

Igraduated from law school with $55,000 in school loans. It took me nearly 20 years to pay off that debt. And here’s the really crazy part of it all–many in my class had far more in loans, some exceeding $100,000. And this was in the early 1990’s! While my law degree has been very valuable, […]

Published or Updated: April 22, 2013

What Makes Ivy League Schools So Darn Attractive To Students?

Oddly enough, the schools that comprise the Ivy League, eight private institutions located in the northeastern United States (Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University) did not receive their name for academic reasons. The term Ivy League, or the “Ivies” was first coined […]

Published or Updated: June 23, 2011

Does an Online School Provide a Valuable Degree?

There’s a saying in law that an oral contract is not worth the paper it’s printed on. In the same vein, I’ve been wondering just how valuable an online degree is. The question came up because my brother is currently taking classes with Liberty University’s online program. He’s very happy with the classes and technology, […]

Published or Updated: March 15, 2013

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