Talking to Your College Kids About Money: What Should They Know Before They Go?

Have you had “the money talk” with your college-bound kids? Chances are you’ve been so busy navigating school applications, acceptance letters, and graduation parties that you haven’t yet carved out time for a heart-to-heart about financial health. But now that your kids are that much closer to adulthood—and about to be on their own for perhaps the first time—it’s more important than ever to... Continue reading

Avoid the Financial Freshman Fifteen

A Third of College Freshman Incur Unexpected Debt - Here are Tips to Avoid It

Quicken, maker of the best-selling personal finance software in the US, recently surveyed over 1,000 college students and parents to get a better sense of how they’re tackling money management. Continue reading

Should Your Children be Trust Fund Kids?

Why trust funds aren’t just for wealthy families.

A trust fund can help preserve your wealth for future generations, but is it the right choice for your family? Learn more about trust funds and how they work.  Continue reading

12 Fun Summer Money Challenges for Kids

Now that the long days of summer are here, are you finding yourself racking your brain for new and creative ways to keep the kids busy and entertained? How about using this opportunity to try some fun challenges for kids that can teach them about the value of money? According to a recent study, only 19 states in the U.S. currently require kids in K-12 public schools to take a financial literacy... Continue reading

Creating a College Budget Template for Your New Grad

If you have a child heading to school this fall, chances are the task of creating a college budget isn’t at the top of your priority list. If so, it’s perfectly understandable. After all, you’ve probably been so focused on funding your child’s college savings plan, helping them apply for financial aid and scholarships, and making all the necessary preparations for the big move that you haven’t... Continue reading

How to Get Your Kids off of the Bank of Mom and Dad

Many adults today are still financially dependent on their parents. We've got tips to help you cut the purse strings and prioritize your own financial future. Continue reading

Raising Financially Independent Children

Study reveals link between early financial education and future adult income

All parents want to give their kids the things they missed out on growing up. We surveyed over 2,000 adults in the U.S.—half of which we sourced from the general population and half from our community of Quicken users—to get a closer look at how parents are talking to their kids about money and the impact of their own early financial education (or lack thereof).    Continue reading

How to Pay For College: 11 Strategies for Savvy Parents

If you’ve got a child headed to college this fall, chances are they received their acceptance letters in March or April and are making plans as we speak. That means it’s go-time for you, too. If you don’t have a clear plan of action for funding your child’s education—or you do, but need some additional advice—we’ve got you covered. Paying for college is no easy feat, but there are a number of... Continue reading

Parent PLUS Loan: 7 Key Things Every Parent Should Know

Got a kid heading off to college this fall? With that first tuition payment staring you down, it’s time to make sure the finances are in place. Over the last two decades, the average cost of tuition at a four-year private institution in the U.S. has more than doubled. With the price of admittance for both private and public institutions rising every year, it’s no wonder more and more parents are... Continue reading

What is a 529 College Savings Plan - and is it for You?

Let’s face facts. The costs of higher education represent a huge financial burden for many US families, even affluent ones in high-income brackets who have significant savings. And that’s true whether you consider public or private colleges and universities. The average tuition and fees at an in-state public college for the academic year 2018-2019 was $9,716, public out-of-state averaged $21,629... Continue reading

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