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Smart Gifts, Bright Start For New Grads

A devoted grandfather recently wrote to journalist Kim Lankford of Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine asking for advice on choosing the perfect, and generous, gift for his granddaughter as she graduates from college. His goal?  To help her build a solid base for her financial future. Kim brought us into the conversation, so we suggested helping the granddaughter fund […]

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Yes, You Can Use Your 529 College Funds In Australia

We just spoke with two parents whose college-age children are rounding out their undergrad experience by spending time at a university in Australia. What a life, huh? Your first thought may be how kids today get to do all kinds of cool stuff. (I haven’t been to Australia yet so I’m positively jealous!) Your second thought may be […]

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Everything You Want To Know About College 529 Savings Plans

Does it pay to start out at a community college? Can I buy a computer with 529 funds? How do I name a successor for 529 accounts I set up for my grandkids? We collaborated with writer Chana R. Schoenberger of The Wall Street Journal to bring you the answers to these and other questions. College 529 […]

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Ivy League Colleges Even More Selective In Fall Admissions

Not looking forward to paying over $65,000 per year in college tuition and room and board at the Ivies? You may not need to. There’s an even more daunting task at hand; getting your child admitted in the first place. Fall admission numbers are out and America’s most exclusive Ivy League colleges are reporting that the […]

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Galloping Gators! UF Applications Reach New Record

I’m not a Gator, but our state is full of them, with thousands more beating on the doors to get in. Florida Trend reports that “applications to the University of Florida reached a new record this year, with more than 34,000 prospective students vying for admission” in 2017. That’s an increase of nearly 8 percent over […]

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Smart Start For The New Year: Don’t Let Student Loans Sink Your Future

Getting that degree can help you boost your lifetime earnings, but the last thing you want to do is borrow so much that you put your entire financial future at risk. To start the New Year off right, make sure you understand what and how much you are borrowing before you take out the loan. Here’s some […]

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How to Choose the Best Student Loan Repayment Plan

Questions about your student loans and the best way to pay them off? Check out our conversation with Money Magazine reporter Kaitlin Mulhere on the best student loan repayment plans. Cautions Mulhere: “Some of the payment plans will sharply reduce your current bill but cost you more in the long run.” The Takeaway: Make sure […]

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What’s A Liberal Arts Grad Good For? Better Jobs & More Money, Say Employers

STEM grads, step aside. While technology degrees are still the hottest ticket to good jobs, employers are rediscovering the importance of good communication and thinking skills. Employers are snapping up more liberal arts, English, foreign language and area studies grads and are pushing up average salaries for humanities majors. Surveys of recent graduates show higher salaries and […]

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Paying For College? Check Out The Florida Prepaid Plan

Looking into ways to pay for college? The Florida Prepaid enrollment is now open for this year. Prices are lower than in past years, so take a look. The Prepaid plan differs in significant ways from Florida’s, or other states’, 529 college savings plans. Here’s how the Florida Prepaid folks explain it: “The biggest difference between […]

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Parents, Don’t Even THINK Of Paying For College Until You’ve Done This First!

Know how they tell you in the airplane that, if there’s an emergency, you should put on your own oxygen mask first before helping others? The same principle applies to personal finance. There’s a definite hierarchy you should follow when you strategize on how to reach your – and your family’s – financial goals. As much as we […]

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