Author: Ashley Chorpenning

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Parent PLUS loans: Do you have to apply every year?

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College is expensive and costs continue to rise. In 1989, the average cost of a 4-year degree school term was $1,730. As of 2020, the average cost …

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What is a good mortgage rate?

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Because your interest rate is the cost you pay to borrow money, it makes sense that you’ll want to strive to get the lowest rate possible. …

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Can you get unemployment deferment for student loans?

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Deferring student loan repayments may be available to qualifying unemployed individuals. The deferment and repayment options available (or not available) to individuals can depend on the …

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Inherited 401(k): rules and tax information

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Inheriting a 401(k) isn’t quite as simple as inheriting a pricey piece of jewelry or even money. There are taxation rules and other guidelines that beneficiaries must …

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Is now a good time to buy a house?

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The pandemic had a real winner amid its destruction: residential real estate. In May 2020, when the National Association of Realtors surveyed members on the impact …

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Top 4 packing & moving tips

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Moving can fire up a rollercoaster of emotions. In the first few days of a move, you may feel a rush of excitement (new digs = …

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What is a life insurance death benefit?

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The purpose of life insurance is to provide a financial safety net for the insured’s beneficiary or beneficiaries after their passing. While it’s essential to buy the right …

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Medical debt relief options

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It may come as no surprise that Americans are stressed about medical debt and the rise of healthcare costs. With the average family insurance premium growing 54%  in …

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What are the effects of carrying a balance on credit cards?

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In addition to remaining in the debt cycle, there are other financial consequences of carrying a balance on a credit card.

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Should I consolidate my student loans?

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Student loan consolidation has its pros and cons. Here is how to determine if the move is right for you and your financial health.

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Popular types of life insurance at any age

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Life insurance is considered a cornerstone of financial planning by many financial professionals. It is designed to provide financial security to loved ones in the event …

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Tips for comparing life insurance policies

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Life insurance is one way to help protect loved ones. But, with numerous life insurance choices sold in the U.S. market, it can be challenging to …