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The College Graduate’s Guide to Retirement Planning

Graduating college can be an exciting and stressful time. It’s the close of one chapter and the beginning of another. As a new grad, you’re coming …

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Tips for college grads: How to retire rich

Jason Gay, sportswriter extraordinaire for The Wall Street Journal, this week offered up 29 Rules for College Grads. And his first rule was this: …

Retirement

This is the college savings plan most Americans need to know about

Assets in 529 plans reached a record level of $258.2 billion in June, a 5.6% year-over-year increase, according to the College Savings Plans Network, an association of the state-sponsored plans. Those figures combine the assets of 529 college savings plans, which offer tax-advantaged investments to …

College & University

Four 529 college savings traps to avoid

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Putting money into a 529 college savings plan is relatively easy. Getting it out can be tricky.<p>Graduating student Jennifer Lim sits in the shade before the start of the 361st Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in this May 24, 2012 file …

Retirement

FAFSA Tips: How to Shelter Your Savings and Get More College Aid

The key is knowing what’s reportable and what isn’t.<p>The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA looks at both your family income and assets …

College & University

This Chart Explains Why You Shouldn't Try to Time the Market

Investor sentiment lags reality.<p>In 2007, just before the financial crisis, more than 90% of individual investors thought stocks were the best …

Stock Markets

Senior Citizens Owe $18 Billion In Student Debt

Debt is frustrating for all, but for senior citizens, it's dangerous. Young adults have years to increase their income and work towards payoff, while seniors rely on retirement, savings, or social security alone. And those incomes don't often increase, usually staying stable at best. What's worse, …

Personal Finance

Maximizing college savings

<b>Asset allocation</b><p>With college tuition rising faster than inflation, stocks are the best investment to help your education-savings portfolio keep pace long-term.<p>As your child nears college age, the downside risk of stocks becomes more significant and bonds and cash should begin to play an …

Retirement

College savings plans

<b>529 college savings plan</b><p>The 529 college savings plan is a state-sponsored tax deferred account that allows you to sock away money for college. The money may be used at any school you choose and for all qualified higher education expenses, including room and board.<p>Each state determines what the …

Personal Finance: Money Essentials - Saving for College

Millennials want to save, many can't

Millennials are stuck between having a financially responsible mindset and having the resources and discipline to pull off long-term results, finds a USA TODAY/Bank of America Better Money Habits poll of Millennials.<p>The survey of 1,001 people ages 18-34 reveals a disconnect between the way …

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Graduating With Student Debt? Take This 10 Question Quiz

In the college commencement speeches making headlines this graduation season, a few of the usual themes emerged: find your passion, as Fed chair Janet Yellen preached to a crowd of NYU grads; recover from a “soul-scorching” loss with resilience and grace, as ousted <i>New York Times</i> editor Jill …

Parents, you’re paying for college wrong

When Junior’s college tuition bill comes, parents may want to rethink how they’re going to pay it.<p>According to Sallie Mae’s “How American Pays for …

College & University

Watch John Oliver explain the insanity of our student debt crisis

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>“Essentially, student debt is like HPV. If you go to college, you're almost …

The Reason College Costs More Than You Think

When Alex Nichols started as a freshman at the University of Mississippi, he felt sure he’d earn his bachelor’s degree in four years. Five years …

College & University

Where the jobs are: Hot prospects for college grads

Andre Jones is making more money a year and a half out of college than he ever would have solely on the merits of his geography degree. When the 25 year-old was laid off from his job as a digital mapper, he decided to do something about his nascent interest in building a website.<p>Jones started …

College Aid Trends Worth Watching

<b>Zoll:</b> What are some ways students from various economic backgrounds can maximize their financial aid eligibility and make sure that they are able to …

Credit Card Marketing to College Students Declines, Problems Persist

A few years ago, college students walking through campus during orientation week might have experienced something like a circus. Free food and …

9 Things We Bet You Didn't Know About College Financial Aid

<i>This post originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p>Paying for college can be a nerve-wracking rite of passage. Not only are you probably dealing with huge sums of money, but the complex process of making decisions about loans is often trusted to 17-year-olds, who may or may not have ever managed money …

Every 25-Year-Old In America Should See This Chart

Today, it's increasingly become the responsibility of the worker to put money away for retirement in the form of a 401(k) plan or an IRA — that is, a defined contribution plan.<p>The goal of this post is not to explain the mechanics of retirement plans. Rather, we want to show you the importance of …