Author: Kayla McCormack

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How Much Will College Really Set Most Americans Back, All In?

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College cost of attendance is an estimate of the total cost of attending college for one year. It includes the cost of one year of tuition, …

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Biden’s student loan payment pause is ending. So, how much exactly will I owe every month?

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The Debt Ceiling Bill signed into law in June 2023 finally brought an end to the federal student loan payment pause, with payments resuming on October …

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4 really important conversations to have with your college-aged kids

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As a parent, learning how to communicate with college students can be a challenge. Adjusting to college is an emotional transition for the whole family, but …

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This is what student loan interest rates will look like after forbearance ends

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Current federal student loan rates for the 2023-24 school year are a bit higher than rates for the prior school year, 2022-23 (e.g., 8.05% vs. 7.54% …

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I’m paying for college without my parents’ help. What are my options?

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Finding the resources to pay for college can be a challenge, and if you’re embarking on this journey alone, it can be stressful. Here are some tips that …

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5 ways to save money on food right now

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Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. And don’t forget snacks. Sometimes feeding yourself (and your family) can feel like a full-time job. But food is essential for survival and …

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7 sneaky signs that you’re about to fall for a student loan scam

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Student loan scams are, unfortunately, not uncommon. They run the gamut — from offering student loan forgiveness scams to straight-up stealing your hard-earned dollars. Since President …

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This is how long it takes the average American to pay off their student loans

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  Whether you’ve just graduated from college or you’ve been making payments for years, your student loan debt can seem endless. When you take out a …

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5 steps to get your student loans under control

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Wondering how to handle your student loans? Knowledge and a solid plan are powerful — especially when it comes to your loans. The first step in …

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8 employers that’ll help you pay off student loans

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Jobs that help pay off a portion of student loans are becoming more common and for a good reason. The average student loan borrower has around …

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Watch out for scams during the student loan payment pause

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There are several legitimate programs that federal student loan borrowers can utilize to have their federal student loans forgiven. Unfortunately, there are also student loan forgiveness …

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7 mistakes to avoid when co-signing student loans

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In order to get approved for some student loans, some borrowers may choose to apply with a cosigner — a creditworthy individual who will be legally …

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Your complete guide to going back to school as an adult

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Returning to school can help someone pivot in their career or lead to even more employment opportunities. But that potential opportunity doesn’t come without costs. Weighing …

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How to save for college while you’re still in high school

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  Figuring out how to save for college can be just as important as deciding what you major or which school to attend. It’s never too …

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Student loan consolidation rates: What to expect

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It’s possible to consolidate or refinance your student loans into one loan with a single monthly payment. The major difference between these two options is that …

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What is a merit scholarship & how to get one

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  There are many avenues to fund higher education that one could take. Grants offer money to help college students cover the cost of their education, …

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How to get a student loan

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Generally, students interested in borrowing a federal student loan can apply via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as the October before …

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Do part-time students have to pay back student loans?

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  An estimated 7.9 million part-time college students are hard at work this year. They may be a part-time student because of financial reasons, caregiver or …

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Can you refinance federal student loans?

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If you’re thinking about refinancing your student loans, you probably heard that interest rates are low — or at least lower than what you’re paying. Maybe …

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How to get out of student loan debt: 6 options

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Dealing with a substantial debt burden can be overwhelming. As you repay your debt, wondering the best way to get out of student loan debt is …

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Can you get a student loan with no credit history?

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For many loans, including mortgages and credit cards, you at least need a credit history to prove to the lender that you are a reliable borrower. …

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Complete guide to out of state tuition

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College tuition varies based on factors like where the school is located and whether the school is public or private. The average cost of college for …

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Private vs. federal student loans

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Getting accepted to college may seem exciting on the surface, but in reality, it’s only half the battle. After you’ve filled out your applications and decided …

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How student loans could impact your taxes

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For some, tax day means a much-awaited refund. For others, it may mean another expense. There are a variety of factors that can affect your taxes, …

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6 tips on splitting the dinner bill with friends

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You’re out to dinner with a group of friends and it’s been a wonderful evening. You shared stories and laughed over a delicious meal. It’s been …

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Examining the price of eating at home vs eating out

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It seems like America’s appetite for food is insatiable. Instagram feeds are filled with plates piled high with pasta, perfectly grilled steaks and luscious desserts. It …

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6 investing basics to know

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Investing can be intimidating, especially if you’re a beginner. There are lots of terms, concepts to understand and a variety of regulations that oversee the industry. …

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Stocks vs shares: Explaining the difference

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Sure, you know what the stock market is, and you’ve heard time and time again that you should be investing. If you’re sitting on the sidelines …