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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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SMI on the Radio: Investing in a College Education (audio and transcript)

A college education doesn't come cheap, and a lot of the expense these days is funded with debt that can take a decade or more to pay off. Is going to college really worth it? I had the opportunity to discuss that topic
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Is a College Education Still Worth the Investment?

Investing in a post-secondary education involves risk, especially if borrowed money is involved. To manage that risk, parents and students should re-think the assumptions that have guided post-high-school choices for
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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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