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Parents Expecting Their Kids to Cover More College Costs, But Haven’t Told Them

Fewer parents of college-bound children are planning to cover all of their kids’ college costs, and those who plan to share the cost are less certain as to how to the bills will be paid. Those are some of the key takeaways
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Paying the School Debt of Would-Be Missionaries

Many times I heard financial teacher Larry Burkett (my boss from 1990 until his death in 2003) warn that taking on too much college debt could become an obstacle to responding to a call to mission work or other kinds of
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529 Plan Money Now Available for Private K-12 Expenses – Or Is It?

One of the more confusing provisions of the new federal tax code centers on how 529-plan savings account money can be used. It has long been the case that earnings in such accounts are tax-free if used for qualified higher
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Now Available: Personal Portfolio Tracker and Fund Performance Rankings with Data through 6-30-17

SMI's Personal Portfolio Tracker and monthly Fund Performance Rankings report have been updated to reflect mutual-fund performance data current through 6/30/2017. The Tracker and FPR are typically updated monthly between
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Student Loans Tarnishing the ‘Golden Years’

Much has been made of all the stress and strain education debt is inflicting on young college grads. But the fastest growing segment of the population with burdensome school debt isn’t the young. It’s borrowers who are
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New Rules Make it Easier to Give Toward College Costs

If you have a college-bound child or grandchild in your life, you may benefit from recent changes in the financial-aid application process. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the federal government’s Free
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Guiding Your Children Toward Their Career Calling

In a tough economy, finding a job straight out of college isn’t easy. It’s even more difficult for graduates who don’t have a clear idea of what they want to do with their education. For years, Crown Financial Ministries
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Should You Consolidate Your Student Loans?

More than a quarter (26%) of all American adults have student-loan debt. Many of those people (28%) never finished earning a degree. Among young people who did recently complete their degree, more than two-thirds (70%)
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Parents Risking Retirement to Help Kids Pay for College

Much has been made of the fact that today’s college students are more indebted than ever. But the tide is turning, with more of the college-financing burden shifting to parents—something being encouraged by private lenders
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Making the Most of Your College-Savings Program

Parents saving for college today enjoy a more attractive college-savings landscape than existed when they were growing up. It was less than 20 years ago, in 1996, that Congress first authorized tax-advantaged “529 plans.”
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