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Loan recipients on 'strike' meet with federal officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pamela Hunt is so overwhelmed by her $56,000 in student loans for what she considers a worthless criminal justice master's degree …

College & University

5 Student Loan Forgiveness Programs for Nurses, Teachers, Military, and Others

Lately I have been talking to a lot of folks who are heavily burdened by their student loan debts – some of whom have over $100,000 in student loan …

College & University

Personal Finance Q&A: 529 plans vs. education tax breaks

<b>Dear Liz:</b> You recently mentioned in your column that you can't use any of the three education tax breaks — the American Opportunity Credit, the Lifetime Learning Credit or the tuition and fees deduction — for expenses paid with 529 college savings plan money. This has me wondering if those 529 …

Retirement

Credit Karma Raises $175 Million At $3.5 Billion Valuation

According to Credit Karma founder Ken Lin, over the course of a lifetime the average Millennial could potentially have five mortgages, 15 auto loans and 20 credit cards. But as far as Lin is concerned the financial industry has failed to make the experience of getting those lines of credit user …

Families Are Saving Less For College, Investing Poorly

A majority of Americans believe college is an investment in their child's future, but it's one they're not adequately preparing for.<p>Only 48 percent of parents are saving for their child's education, down from 51 percent last year, according to Sallie Mae's new "How America Saves for College 2015" …

How Google and Coursera may upend the traditional college degree

Recently, the online education firm Coursera announced a new arrangement with Google, Instagram and other tech firms to launch what some are calling …

Don't Pay Your Credit Card Debt!

My dad got off the phone and started crying. My mom yelled at him, "He didn't give it to you!"<p>My dad had lent $2000 to S. and S. couldn't pay him back "yet". This call happened at least once a week.<p>S. was his best friend for 20 years. My mom would scream at my dad, "I told you not to give him …

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER: 'How do I decide between paying debt and saving for the future?'

<i>I have $2,500 in credit card debt and about $35,000 in student loan debt. How should I prioritize paying these off while also saving for the future?</i><p>Great question! It's hard when you're juggling multiple financial priorities but the truth is that we are often focused on multiple goals throughout …

Personal Finance

Dating, Finding Love & Entrepreneurship

On this special edition of The Curb podcast, hosts Lahgic and Bluu sit down with Nicole Nurse, CEO and founder of Black Leopard Public Relations on …

'Health tech is the next frontier for innovation’ - 25 quotes from Indian startup journeys

<i>From fitness to funding, witness the memorable journey of Indian entrepreneurship in these excerpts and stories! StoryBites is a weekly feature from</i> …

Startups

Startups Are Personal: Be Careful With Cheap And Cheerful

In the fourth part of our lessons learned series (which is co-authored by Traklight’s Mike Willee), we tackle a topic near and dear to my heart: cost-cutting measures. Sometimes, they’re necessary, but other times, they’re a mistake, and we made this mistake with Traklight a few times. Cost-cutting …

Why investors love spin-off startups

The difficulty in identifying the next hot startup has lead many venture firms to employ a wasteful “spray and pray” strategy, sometimes making more than 1,000 investments in the hope of getting lucky with a wildly successful startup that more than pays off their other sunk costs. Spin-offs from …

The Smartest Financial Decision I Ever Made

Warren Buffett once said that his financial success came as a result of his ability to "stand on the shoulders of giants," referring to his desire to learn from the decisions of others, good or bad.<p>Although our Foolish contributors might not be giants -- we don't hire by height -- their combined …