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Parents Increasingly Expect Kids to Pay for College

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With college tuitions skyrocketing, it’s no surprise parents are worried whether they have enough to cover the cost. According to the fifth annual survey from Discover Student Loans, nearly half (48%) of 1,000 adults surveyed with kids aged 16 to 18 expect their child to pay for most or all their education, up from 39% in 2012. “While a vast majority of parents still report that they want to help their children pay for college, it’s clear that […]

  • Think Student Loans Are Millennials’ Biggest Problem? Think AgainFinancial Literacy, Education, student loans

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    Study after study has highlighted the problem of growing student loan debt in America and its specific burden on people in their 20s and 30s. The majority of recent college graduates are coming out of school with thousands of dollars in debt, but student loans are only part of young Americans’ financial obstacles. In fact, credit card debt is just as common as student loan debt, according to a survey from Experian Consumer Services. Experian […]

  • How College Students Can Protect Themselves From Identity TheftEducation, Identity Theft

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    College students are prime targets for identity thieves. They are busy and distracted, and rarely are actively engaged in managing their credit. And they are usually required to fill out a flurry of paperwork as school begins that includes the most sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers. In additional to financial aid, enrollment forms or rental documents, many will encounter credit card applications for the first time, not to mention creation of various computer […]

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    5 Ways Student Loans Hurt Middle-Class KidsEducation, Blog

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    Student loans are supposed to help middle-class kids pay for a college education, but these days they can do more harm than good. It’s high time we did something about that. If you imagine a world where the federal government and private lenders actually partner with students, instead of treating them as a profit center, have I got a bridge investment deal for you. As things stand, the Affordable Care Act has a better shot […]

  • How Much Student Loan Debt Is Too Much?Education, Blog

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    Some call it the Student Loan Bubble — I call it crazy. And what better time to discuss student debt insanity than now, as countless soon-to-be graduates prepare to slip on their caps and gowns? An estimated 1.8 million students are graduating this year, many with degrees that perhaps aren’t worth a damn when it comes to actually getting a job. Nevertheless, many of them will soon be paying back the tens or hundreds of […]

  • 5 Money Lessons Every New Graduate Needs to KnowFinancial Literacy, Education, Blog, Personal Finance

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    Yes my friends, it’s that time of year again. No, not allergy season — graduation. That seminal moment in our lives when, in ceremonies of varying degrees of pomp and circumstance, our elders pass on the wisdom of the ages to those of us who are evolving from the shelter of the ivory tower to the stark reality of the “real world.” Tens of thousands of graduates will likely hear that Emerson nugget “Hitch your […]

  • How to Fix the Student Loan Crisis (for Real This Time)Education, Blog

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    As Washington slides ever closer to the fiscal cliff, financial vortex, or whatever will be the next term du jour, and our national focus finally shifts to fixing that which has heretofore been deemed “unfixable,” perhaps 2013 is the year we endeavor to fix our very broken student loan system. In the first quarter of 1999, Americans owed $90 billion on student loans. It now exceeds $1 trillion. That’s not a bubble, dear friends, that’s […]

  • A National Service Corps Can Solve the Student Loan CrisisGovernment, Education, Blog

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    Suddenly, and finally, everywhere we turn somebody is talking about the student debt disaster. Headlines scream it. The presidential campaigns are beginning to seriously talk about it. Congress is starting to focus on it, well….as only Congress does. Last week, once again demonstrating its ability to turn a simple box into a Rubik’s Cube, in two separate votes a majority of Democrats and Republicans rejected each other’s proposals to extend the low 3.4% rate on […]

  • Is It True About Commencement Speeches? (A Response to James Franco)Education, Blog

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    Over the past few months, in preparation for and in reflection of the commencement address I had the privilege of giving at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University on May 12, I watched scores of them on YouTube and read literally hundreds of them as well as their reviews. A few days after my speech, I came upon a piece by actor/director/producer James Franco on the subject of commencement addresses with […]

  • Crowdsourcing the Student Loan MessGovernment, Education, Blog, Personal Finance

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    For the record, I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Hitler Youth. I point this out because based on the comments to my last few columns (which focused on the idea that a National Service Corps could help solve our student debt crisis) it would seem that some of you — not too many, thankfully — seem to think I’m affiliated with the organization. This, as you can imagine, […]

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