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Quote Of The Week: How To Tell If Your Student Loans Are Too Big

“If your total debt at graduation is greater than your annual income, that is an indication you’ve graduated with excessive debt.” Mark Kantrowitz, the publisher of Savingforcollege.com, as quoted by Jillian Berman, “Which Student-Loan Repayment Plan Is Right for You?,” The Wall Street Journal, September 3, 2018 Got student loans? Check out this Wall Street Journal article for […]

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What I Learned About Financial Planning In My Week “Down Under”

It was fantastic, instructive and inspirational, but way too short.  Our whirlwind week Down Under is unfortunately over and we’re safely back home (even my suitcase, which went walkabout for three days, had the good sense to finally come home!). I had the privilege of traveling to Australia as part of the U.S. Financial Planning Association’s […]

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High School Grad? Here’s Smart Financial Tips To Help You Launch

We’re thrilled to see our very own Anthony LaBrake, CFP® sharing financial tips for high school grads with MSN.com’s MoneyTalks News. If you have a new high school grad in your house, make sure to direct them to this article so they can start down the path to financial adulthood on the right foot. Anthony […]

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Planning For College: Better Start Early!

If there’s one secret to paying for college, it’s “start early.” Mari spoke with reporter Brian Ballou of the Sun Sentinel as part of a special media section on higher education and preparing for college. For most families, college is one the biggest financial challenges they’ll ever face. Starting early to save money and plan for […]

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Quote Of The Week: Saving For College Won’t Hurt Financial Aid

It’s time to bust a few myths about saving for college. One we hear a lot from parents is that saving money for college will cost them in financial aid. Except for a few rare cases, this just isn’t true, as explained by higher-ed expert Lynn O’Shaughnessy below. The financial aid you may qualify for […]

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New Rules: What You Can Pay For With A 529 Plan

You may already know that there were significant changes to 529 plans with the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. If you expect to pay for elementary, middle or secondary school education for your kids or grandkids, the changes are good news, and will help your money go farther. One major overhaul is that starting in 2018, […]

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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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