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How to Make a Budget You Don’t Hate

Now that your NCAA tournament bracket is busted – and there’s no shot of winning the prize money – it’s time to find another way to grow your bank account. Budgeting your money well is your best bet but, like a bracket, most budgets are set up to fail. In this article, we’ll help you make a financial plan you can follow through with.

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Survival Guide: When YOU (the Parent) Gets Senioritis

Call it “senior slump” or “senior slide”, many teens battle the urge to slack off toward the end of high school. It’s a challenging time for parents too, dealing with a moody teenager and the chaos of planning the move to college. However, unlike high school, this parenting gig doesn’t end.

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Do you qualify for education tax breaks in 2018?

Spring brings a lot of things to look forward to, but preparing to file your taxes isn’t usually one of them. Fortunately, there’s a few education tax breaks designed to help maximize your tax return. Here’s an overview of the credits and deductions you might qualify for, both during and after college, and the requirements for each.

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College Budget Breakdown: the Cost of Education

According to the College Board, last year, the cost to attend an in-state public colleges averaged $25,290 for the 2017-2018 year and private colleges averaged $50,900. Wondering what goes into those costs? It’s time to do the math on college and the means of getting there. Here are the 5 main categories to consider.

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Employer Student Loan Repayment Plan

What you should know about your employer’s student loan assistance program

Employees are the heart of any great business. That’s why this week, we’re covering the hottest employee benefit of the year: employer student loan assistance. Less than 4% of employers currently offer it, but that number is projected to grow as job markets heat up and employers compete for talent.

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CLEP tests and how to study for them

On the most romantic day of the year, we’re here to talk about something we feel equally passionate about: CLEP tests. These tests help students earn college credit on subjects they already know, for a fraction of the cost of a traditional course. Here’s what you need to know.

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A New Grad’s Guide to Getting Hired

If you don’t have a job lined up yet for after graduation, don’t panic. There’s plenty of time to get one! Read on to learn how to make the transition from student to employee.

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Trump Tax Bill

How Trump’s Tax Bill Affects Student Loans

As you probably know, the final version of the tax bill passed last month. The plan was introduced by President Trump and the Republican Party at the end of September, promising to enact changes before the end of the year. They did just that, with the President signing it into action only a few days before Christmas. Not only will it trigger tax cuts for the majority of Americans in 2018, the bill is also expected to contribute $1.4 trillion to help the federal deficit in the next decade. House Speaker Paul Ryan says, “Americans are going to see relief almost immediately in the form of bigger paychecks and lower taxes,” but what does it mean for student loans?

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Consolidation Repayment Options

Student Loan Consolidation: Find Your Best Repayment Option

Deciding when it’s time to consolidate your student loans is easy. Either your monthly payment has become unmanageable, you’re tired of receiving multiple student loan bills each month or you’d just like a fresh start on your loans. (New year, new me, right?) But choosing your repayment option isn’t always easy. Since you don’t know what your financial situation will look like in the future, it can be hard to plan ahead. Plus, each borrower and their situation is different so there isn’t a “one size fits all” recommendation. In this blog post, we’ll help find the best consolidation loan repayment option for you.

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College Parenting

10 College Parenting Moves We Love (and Why)

For better or worse, it’s about that time to send the kiddos back to school. As they leave, suitcases filled with Christmas presents and freshly washed clothes, it’s usually a bittersweet goodbye. Sure, there’s fewer dirty dishes in the sink and less teenage attitude, but life feels different when there’s one less family member in the house. Here’s how to make a smooth transition back into college parenting.

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Financial Resolution

6 Financial Resolutions for the Recent Grad

Now that we’ve begun the New Year, it’s time to start thinking about your financial goals. Whether you’d like to save more or get on top of your debt, we’ll help you change the ‘bad habits’ that held you back last year and give you a fresh perspective for the future. Read on for 6 financial resolutions you can (and will want to) follow through with.

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