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Graduate-Level Lessons in Debt

In several recent articles, we’ve been looking at how well prospective college students and their parents understand the cost of college and the implications of student loans. The broad conclusion? Too many such students
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Unclear About the Cost of College

A new study from Fidelity emphasizes some of the points made in our August newsletter article about paying for college. It shows how unaware many families are about the cost of college and the ramifications of student
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Making Student-Loan Debt Real – Before College Begins

Borrowing money for a college education will have long-term consequences, so be sure you know what you're getting into.
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How College Financial Aid Really Works

For many families with college-bound children, how to pay for college can become one of their greatest financial challenges, both in practical terms (coming up with the money) and emotional terms (deciding on the “right”
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Navigating the College Admissions Process

Selective schools may be increasingly difficult to get into, but there are plenty of colleges that offer a quality education, have high acceptance rates, and offer a decent amount of financial aid.
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Expanding Your Skills and Shoring Up Your Employability – Online

Online education is more convenient and cost-effective than ever. Whether you want to update your job skills, acquire a professional credential, or even earn an entire degree, you probably can find what you’re seeking
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Maximizing Need-Based College Financial Aid

If your child is a sophomore or junior in high school, repositioning some of your financial resources now may reduce the price you pay for college later.
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What Could Hinder Your Financial Future?

What do you think is the number one “financial disruptor” — the most common event or situation people have experienced that has had a negative impact on their long-term financial plans? A health emergency? A lengthy bear
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The New Law of the Land on RMDs, IRA Contributions, and More

Here's an overview of recent changes affecting required minimum distributions (RMDs), IRA contributions, inherited retirement accounts, and retirement-account investment options.
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Giving Gifts to Your Grandkids That Will Be Long Remembered

If you’re considering more than a small gift that fits under the tree this year, here are two suggestions.
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