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4 Ways to Pay for College If Your Financial Aid Isn’t Enough

For 61% of students, college costs more than they expected, according to a recent survey from College Ave Student Loans conducted by Barnes & Noble College Insights. Yoselin Guzman, an 18-year-old UCLA freshman from Compton, California, can see why. “There’s like little costs you don’t even see,” says Guzman, noting how expensive dorm items, books Read more >

#AskanExpert: Will Income Based Repayment Affect My Husband’s Homeownership?

Q. I have the regular student loans, and I have graduated. I’m married filing jointly and about to make my first standard payment of my student loan, but I am interested in applying for an income-based repayment (IBR) plan. My husband doesn’t have any student loans. My husband wants to apply for a mortgage in Read more >

How to Pay for College When You Haven’t Saved Enough

If college tuition bills are looming and you don’t have nearly enough saved, you have plenty of company. But you also have options for making it more affordable. Four out of 10 families who hope to send kids to college aren’t saving for that goal, according to student loan company Sallie Mae. Among those who Read more >

The Ups and Downs of Student Credit Cards

For many students, college is the ideal time to try new things and take on new challenges. One important challenge to consider taking on while in college is that of establishing and building your consumer credit profile.   Not only will most people benefit from having a solid credit history when they enter the workforce, Read more >


Student loan debt is becoming almost commonplace in America. According to the Student Loan Report, approximately 70 percent of college students in 2018 have student loans, with an average of $27,975 in debt per borrower. I’m not going to go further into the statistics; the more important topic to discuss is the impact that these loans Read more >

Money Saving Tips for College Students

Let’s face it, college is expensive and most students have a limited cash flow. The good news is that a number of businesses realize this and make an effort to accommodate their student clientele. Always keep an eye out for student discounts, and bring your student ID with you wherever you go. Many establishments offer Read more >

Paying for College: Community vs. Four-Year Colleges

 By Tara Carter Tuition costs are a hot topic among current and prospective students across the country. For most, college costs can be the main deciding factor when choosing where to attend school. Here lists the average yearly cost of tuition between two, and four year colleges: Public Two-Year College: $3,440 Public Four-Year College for Read more >

Best Credit Cards for Students

 By Tara Carter As a college student, the last thing most worry about is credit. However, getting a credit card and establishing good credit while in school gives you a head start to make things like buying a car easier post-graduation. Other benefits of having and maintaining good credit include better insurance rates, more negotiating Read more >

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