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

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 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

3 Personal Finance Tips for College Grads

Walking across the stage to get your college diploma might be the proudest moment of your life, but it's also just the beginning of your adult life. Tripping up financially might not be as initially embarrassing as stumbling on stage, but it can be more devastating long-term. Having a plan for how you're going to manage your finances can turn your money into an ally. Taking control of your... Continue reading

New Year Financial Resolution: Saving to Go Back to School

New Year's is a perfect time to take stock of where you're at and the steps you need to take to reach your goals. Whether you're stuck in a dead-end job where you can't move up without more schooling, or you realize that you are just bored with the status quo, going back to school can offer the promise of a higher salary and more exciting work. By planning ahead to budget for the costs, you can... Continue reading

Coverdell vs 529: Choosing a College Savings Account | Quicken

A Coverdell Savings Account and a state-sponsored 529 Savings Plan are both great ways to save for college. In both accounts, your earnings and withdrawals are tax-free when used to pay for eligible expenses. But they’re not identical. Here’s a rundown of the differences between them. Am I eligible to contribute to the account? The Coverdell account is available nationwide to single taxpayers who... Continue reading

Life After College Roadmap

College can be the best years of your life. But what happens after graduation? With the tough economy, increased costs of living, and outsourcing of jobs, what's a recent graduate to do? We partnered with prominent blogger and author of Life After College, Jenny Blake, to develop a post-college decision making roadmap. Whether you live at home, are job hunting, or not sure what to do with your... Continue reading

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