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Tackle Move-In Day Like a Pro

It’s closer than you think: college move-in day!

If you haven’t experienced it before, plan for a long afternoon of organized chaos. Along with the usual stressors of moving, you’ll also be dealing with crowds, navigating campus and trying to make a tiny, white box of a room feel homey. Did we mention you’ll be doing all of this in just 1 day?

Here are some simple tips to help keep you calm in the storm of boxes, bags and new beginnings.

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Dorm Room Sprucing: Luxury for Less

College starts next month, whether you’re ready for the big move or not. Getting all the stuff your student needs can be an expensive process, especially since you want them to feel comfortable in their new space. This means knowing where to splurge and where to save.

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6 Tips for Paying off Student Loans

There’s no doubt a college education is pricey. Currently, the average cost for a private school is $34,740 per year (including room and board). Over the four years it takes to earn a degree, that adds up to $138,960 – nearly 3 times the average college graduate’s annual salary of $50,390!

So, you have to wonder, how is it mathematically possible for anyone to pay off such hefty loans on an entry-level salary?

Student loan repayment isn’t easy, but it’s definitely possible. With a little strategic planning and a lot of self-discipline, you can slowly but surely tackle your loans. Here are six tips to get you on the right track when it comes to dealing with student debt (and any debt).

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5 Tips for Choosing the Best Private Student Loan

If you’ve already applied for grants, scholarships and federal student loans, but you still have a college financing gap, your next logical step is to apply for a private student loan.

However, not all education loans are created equal. Some may appear to be affordable, publishing a low teaser rate that no one actually qualifies for. Other loans have hidden fees, or a prolonged, complex application process. By the end of it, you learn that you have qualified for a high rate – much worse than you expected – but you’re so exhausted with the process, you just go ahead and take out the loan.

To help you avoid falling into the trap, we’ve compiled a few tips to help you avoid the most common pitfalls when choosing a private student loan.

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6 Life Lessons to Learn in Your 20’s

Independence Day is more than just gathering to blow things up and overeat. As you history buffs know, it commemorates controversy, self-sufficiency and true freedom – so what better time to talk life lessons? Here’s a few things every 20-something should learn.

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Subsidized vs. Unsubsidized and Other Student Loan Gibberish

As we approach the start of another academic year, more families are learning about student loans. Education finance can be confusing and, if you’re like most people, you’ve probably stumbled over the terminology. Before signing on the dotted line, here are 12 student loan terms you need to know.

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Finance Binder

Creating a Finance Binder: 3 Easy Steps

When you graduate college, adulthood tends to hit you all at once and you’ve probably got the financial documents to prove it. If you’re like most recent grads, the piles of paperwork on your coffee table may include some late bills, your diploma and more receipts than you know what to do with.

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Getting loans for your kid when you’re still paying your own

College isn’t getting cheaper. Unless you graduated recently, your child’s education will likely cost much more than yours did. In fact, tuition alone has tripled in the past 20 years. Room and board are rising even faster – at a higher rate than the cost of inflation. That’s why roughly 70% of students rely on education loans to pay for college. Here’s how you can help.

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First Job

What I wish my pre-first-job self would have known…

When you first enter the big, bad workforce, you’re probably prepared for the obvious: show up on time, look the part and be ready to work late. However, there’s some things no one warns you about. Here’s the advice you didn’t know you needed for your first job.

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Should your kid go to college?

According to the National Center of Education Statistics, nearly 70% of high school grads transition straight to college. Should your kid go? Due to the rising costs of college, it’s not an uncommon question as of late…

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Money and Credit

Dealing with Money and Credit After Leaving Home

The transition from college to the real world is an exciting adventure. You’re likely kicking off your career, earning your first steady paycheck and basking in the self-sufficiency of being financially independent. That said, adulthood comes with a lot of responsibilities too. Here’s a few things every college grad should tackle.

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