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Student Loans and Marriage: What You Should Know Before Tying the Knot

When you start hearing wedding bells, there’s a lot to think about. One thing that often gets overlooked is student debt. Many people don’t know all of the implications that go along with student loans and marriage. There are numerous details, and it can definitely get confusing. So, we’ve compiled some key considerations to discuss before tying the knot.

Know what you’re getting into

When dealing with student loans and marriage, it’s important to be honest. Lay it all out there. Make sure you and your spouse are communicating about how much student loan debt you have or will have.

If you both have a lot of student loan debt, it might be difficult to manage it all. Bigger student loan payments will affect the budget you make together. This can also affect future financial milestones like buying a house, getting a new car, or starting a family.

No matter the financial situation, you’ll need to tackle it together. Part of dealing with student loans and marriage the right way is working together. It’s important to come up with a plan to get ahead of your debt, it’ll make your lives easier in the future.

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ACT or SAT? Which is going to get my child into college?

Deciding which standardized test to take can be a difficult decision for your high school student. All U.S. colleges and universities accept both ACT and SAT scores, so it’s a matter of which test will be better for your student to take. There are a lot similarities between the two, but there are also a lot of differences. We’ve compiled a list so you can compare to see which test is right for your child. We’ve also outlined the major differences and some tips to help you and your student decide.

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Sections: English, Math, Reading, Science, optional Writing

Time: 2 hours 55 minutes without writing, 3 hours 35 minutes with writing

Accepted by all colleges and universities in the U.S.

Scoring: 1-36, average of 4 sections (essay does not count toward final score)

Not penalized for incorrect answers

Cost: $46 without writing, $62.50 with writing

Offered 7 times a year: February, April, June, July, September, October, December

Registration deadline: about 5-6 weeks before

Can take 12 times

Content covered: reading, grammar and usage, math, science reasoning, writing (optional)

Math content: arithmetic,

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