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. CommonBond has funded or refinanced over $200 million in student loans so far. Founded in 2012, the company’s goal […]

Published or Updated: July 20, 2016

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: May 6, 2016

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: December 3, 2016

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