Education

How Unlearning Makes You Smarter

How Unlearning Makes You Smarter

Unlearning. We could all use a bit more of it. We spend so much time obsessed with acquiring new knowledge that we don’t realize a lot of not-so-useful knowledge also finds its way into our heads.
Banking on Women and Girls

Banking on Women and Girls

I come from a long line of risk-takers, which is ironic since my family was in the business of managing risk: banking. My great-grandfather came to America when he was 21 years old to build a better life…

Amazing Education for Poor Children

Amazing Education for Poor Children

“To care for yourself, you need first to care for others ,  so that you feel valued,” a teenage girl reports in front of her class, reading from notes.

Jordan Shapiro

“What about accepting your strengths…

Is Grad School Worth It? How to Do the Math

Is Grad School Worth It? How to Do the Math

If you’re on the fence about grad school, doing the math can give you clarity, no matter your life stage. Whether you’re a student thinking about continuing school after undergrad, looking to advance in your current…

FAFSA Terms Every Parent Should Know

FAFSA Terms Every Parent Should Know

Families who are saving for college have an average of $10,040 set aside for higher education. But the cost of a four-year public university for 2016-2017 is estimated to be $30,232. So should you dip into…

How Tying the Knot Affects Your Student Loans

How Tying the Knot Affects Your Student Loans

If you’re thinking about getting married, but worried about the implications of bringing big student loan debt into a relationship, 2016 brings some good news.

Tying the knot won't disqualify you from enrolling in the government…

4 Reasons to Consider an Online Education

4 Reasons to Consider an Online Education

You probably don’t need to be convinced that education of any kind is an excellent investment to make in yourself. But do you still need to be convinced about the benefits of learning online?

Thanks to the internet…

Help With Student Loan Debt — Student Loan Myths

Help With Student Loan Debt — Student Loan Myths

Is your student loan payment a stubbornly significant monthly expense? If so, you’re not alone. More and more people are graduating with education debt each year, with recent data suggesting that a whopping 70% of college grads in…

Do you need a college degree

Do you need a college degree

Is it worth investing in a college education? A story last month by David Leonhardt in The New York Times said, unequivocally, yes. "The pay gap between college graduates and everyone else reached a record high last year, according…

How We Paid Off Over $100,000 in Student Loans

How We Paid Off Over $100,000 in Student Loans

For 37 million Americans, student loan debt is a financial albatross around their necks. And it’s growing. Debt from student loans has increased by 300 percent over the past eight years to nearly $1 trillion, according to a…

Why You’re Saving for College All Wrong

Why You’re Saving for College All Wrong

While American families have more money saved for college than they did last year, it’s still not nearly enough — and they’re saving incorrectly, advisors say. Only half of all families with children under 18 save…

Saving for College-the Best 529 Plans

Saving for College-the Best 529 Plans

Most financial professionals would advise not to sacrifice your retirement savings in order to save for your kids’ education (or more education for you)–especially when there are scholarships and loans available for college, and not for retirement. But…

Personal Finance Cheat Sheet For New Grads

Personal Finance Cheat Sheet For New Grads

When you’re trying to get your bearings as a new graduate, it’s hard to know how to manage your personal finances. Here are some quick tips to get newly minted graduates started on a journey to better finances…

Best Female Commencement Speakers 2013

Best Female Commencement Speakers 2013

Women may be graduating from college in greater numbers than their male counterparts, but the podiums on graduation day are still dominated by men. (Sigh.)  Still, the roster of commencement speakers this year was peppered with powerful women in…

What’s the best way to save for college?

What’s the best way to save for college?

If you are committed to paying for at least some of the college costs for your children, you should open a 529 savings plan, which allows you to grow money on a tax-deferred basis and withdraw it for qualified…