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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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Looking for College Funding in All the Wrong Places

On the heels of last week’s college-funding article that drew a great and helpful response from SMI readers, T. Rowe Price published the results of a new survey on the same topic. The research, among 2,000 parents who have
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Help An SMI Member – How to Pay for College

We heard from some SMI members recently who asked for guidance on paying for college for their children. What follows is a brief description of their situation (some facts have been changed for confidentiality purposes)
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Growing Up by Giving Up

How would you define a successful college experience? For many, simply getting a bachelor's degree would be enough. After all, as Joseph reported in our cover article, 40% of those who enter college are still without
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Education is Getting LESS Expensive

If you have a child in college, or one about to go, the headline on this article looks crazy. You know more than most about the fast-rising cost of education. But just as quickly as brick & mortar college costs are
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Section 529 Plans Continue to Pile Up Assets

Morningstar recently released a detailed report on the state of 529 college-savings plans. These plans now hold about $200 billion in assets, split roughly evenly between advisor-sold and direct-sold plans. While there's
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