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How to help your kid without paying their tuition

Most people aren’t in a position to provide a $40,000 degree for each of their children. After setting aside money for an emergency fund, life insurance, mortgage payments and the cost of living, that’s okay! As a parent, you’ve got a responsibility to take care of your child – and yourself – financially. After all, you can’t take out a loan for retirement. Fortunately, you don’t have to pick up the tuition tab to help make college more affordable. In this article, we’ll show you 5 other options.

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Bulk Up Your Social Media Resume

We’ve told you before – you need to monitor your social media before your future boss does. To prove our point, it’s estimated about 70% of employers screen their candidates’ pages before hiring. So today, we’re here to show you how to check all the right boxes and land the job.

LinkedIn is the first place employers look.

After reviewing your physical resume, most employers or recruiters head to your LinkedIn page to review your online presence. There’s a few things they expect to see.

  • Pick a headshot. Try not to get nervous, but this is the *first impression* your boss will ever get of you. It’s best to choose a photo where you’re smiling, in an outfit you’d wear on the job, and definitely not one of these LinkedIn photo fails.
  • Complete your profile. If you haven’t already, be thorough about filling in all the details. Remember to include your industry, prior work experience, career interests and references.
  • Do an audit. Since most people post less than once a week on LinkedIn, there likely won’t be much content that needs cleaned up.
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Understanding the Financial Aid Award Letter

Unless your family qualifies for the 1% club, the price tag of a college is a big factor in selecting the right school. The financial aid award letter outlines the financial support available to a student and is provided by each school a student has been accepted to, as long as they filled out the FAFSA in the fall. While each award letter contains the same basic information, the formatting may be different. You’ll need to compare the terms, conditions and details of each letter to get the whole picture. In this article, we’ll help crack the code to find the best college fit.

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Realistic Budget

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

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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New Grad Job Interview

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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