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2011 | January - March

6 Steps to Beating the Shortage of Financial Aid

Financial aid experts say there are six steps students can take right now to improve their odds of getting free money for college.
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Wednesday, Feb 23 2011 09:52 AM

How to Find Interest-Free Student Loans

Although the federal government will make millions of subsidized Stafford student loans at the bargain interest rate of 4.6% this academic year, a few thousand lucky students will get even better deals—loans that charge no interest at all.
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Tuesday, Feb 22 2011 02:10 PM

FAQ: Roth IRA vs. 529

Parents who want to save money for their own retirement and save money for their children's college expenses have many complicated choices. One of the most basic and important is where to invest the money.
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Tuesday, Feb 22 2011 01:36 PM

4 Steps to Getting Free Money in Your College Savings Account

Parents who have used credit card and web shopping rebate programs say there are four steps to squeezing out the maximum amount of free money.
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Tuesday, Feb 22 2011 11:12 AM

4 Ways to Cut College Costs

The best way to save money on college is to pick schools that will provide your child with the most generous financial aid packages. There are, however, other ways to shrink costs.
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Tuesday, Feb 22 2011 10:37 AM

3 Ways Applying for Financial Aid Will Be Easier in 2011

Financial aid applicants worrying about how much money they'll get in college scholarships or grants in 2011 can rejoice in at least one happy development: applying for aid will be easier than ever.
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Tuesday, Feb 15 2011 09:51 AM

Kaplan Commitment Offers Debt-Free Trial for Students

Kaplan Higher Education recently announced its Kaplan Commitment SM program, which will allow prospective students to attend classes for an introductory period worry free, without paying tuition.
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Wednesday, Jan 05 2011 02:44 PM

2010 | October - December

Comparing College Costs: How to Get the Most for Your Tuition Money

Want to know if accredited online colleges are as good as their campus-based counterparts, and if online college courses can really save you a lot of money? Wondering if you can accomplish your educational goals at a two-year community college, or if you’re better off pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a four-year school? Find out here!
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Friday, Dec 03 2010 10:16 AM

You Can Work Your Way Through 11 Grad Degrees

You don’t need scholarships or family savings to afford a graduate degree at even the most expensive university, says Benjamin Bolger. He should know. The 34-year-old lousy speller has earned – no kidding – 11 graduate degrees from some of the world’s most expensive and elite universities.
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Monday, Nov 01 2010 02:26 PM

2010 | April - June

Student Credit Crunch May Ease

Thinking about borrowing to pay for graduate school? Listen first to Bobbie Daniels, a fourth-year osteopathic medical student at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
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Thursday, Jun 03 2010 11:21 AM

Looking to Save for Grad School? Here’s How!

Universities desperate for cash are raising tuition for their graduate programs so that the average in-state public program now costs about $30,000 a year (including living costs). Private colleges average about 30% more per year.
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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 03:49 PM

How to Get In-State Tuition

The hype about colleges’ heightened admissions standards and skyrocketing tuition in crowded and financially troubled states such as California may be drowning out the surprising reality that many affordable public colleges in less populated areas are eager for students and are willing to cut good deals. Some schools are even willing to extend their generosity to less-than-stellar students.
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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 03:46 PM

Facing Down the Financial Crisis After School

I first landed on a London trading floor in 2001. I started in high-yield research and worked my way up, developing a strong interest in finance – credit trading in particular. I won’t lie; it was tough. I was a young woman and a foreigner (French) working in a high-pressure environment, and I’d been thrown into the deep end. But I thrived amid the intensity and really enjoyed the challenge.
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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 03:43 PM

Competition is Tough!

The tides of chance will splash everybody with a little bad luck from time to time. But a tsunami of economic troubles and unfortunate demographics is deluging the nation’s 3.3 million high school seniors. The class of ’08 may well be the unluckiest group of high school grads in modern history. They are certainly the largest senior class ever, which means they face far worse chances of getting into a selective college than their older – or younger – brothers and sisters. Indeed, they are opening a record number of thin college rejection letters right now.
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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 03:40 PM

Budget Cuts Take Toll on Education

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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 03:38 PM

5 Big Financial Aid Lies

One of the reasons students and parents are so frustrated by their attempts to figure out how to pay for college is that many of the terms that government officials and college administrators use can be misleading.
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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 03:34 PM

Tuition Assistance: Does Your Employer’s Plan Measure Up?

You’re thinking about going back to school, and can’t think of a better way to do it than to get your company to pay for it.

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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 03:00 PM

Your Employer Can Help Pay for Your Degree

At least half of all American workers get some sort of educational benefit from their jobs. Most employers will pay only for courses that they consider to be work related. But quite a few employers (covering at least 15% of American workers) will pay for almost any course. Here’s how to maximize your chances of getting your employer to help pay your tuition:

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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 02:41 PM

Who Really Gets the Most College Financial Aid?

One of the complaints I hear most often, and which I see posted most frequently on Web stories about financial aid, is a version of this: “If you’re poor, you get all the free money you could possibly want. If you’re rich, you already have all the money you need or want. But if you’re in that nice medium called middle class you get screwed right out of your socks,” which was posted last year at by “College studen” (sic) of Texas. (I’m assuming CS simply mistyped and knows how to spell the word student.)
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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 02:00 PM

Student Loan Forgiveness: What You Need to Know

Are there any catches to the government’s new income-based student loan repayment plan? Sure. Edie Irons, communications director for the nonprofit Project on Student Debt, says fine print in the new law could trip up some debt-burdened grads.

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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 10:44 AM