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What You Can Do to Improve Your Credit Score

Have you ever applied for a loan from a bank and wondered why you were quoted a certain interest rate? I remember when I applied for a loan to buy my first house. I had taken out a few student loans...

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Take Control of Your Credit Cards

If you’re reading this, you probably have at least one credit card already. Credit cards can be a helpful tool when used appropriately, including helping you establish credit...

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Get Your Financial House in Order

At the end of each year, I take the time to review my personal finances to see how I’m progressing towards my goals and to make any needed course corrections. I refer to this annual ritual...

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It’s Tax Season – Remember to Claim Your Education Tax Benefits

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to gather all your paperwork, W-2’s, receipts, statements, and related documents and work on completing your tax forms. With that in mind, we wanted to share a few key education...

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It’s Time to Make Sure Your Finances Are on Track

The holidays are over and the new year brings a new semester. For many students, that means a new round of bills and expenses, which makes now a good time to evaluate your finances...

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Five Spending Tips to Avoid Post-Holiday Budget Woes

Winter break is often a favorite time of year for college students. It’s a chance to go home, visit family and friends, enjoy home-cooked meals, and maybe do a little holiday shopping...

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Financial Pitfalls for Students to Avoid

You’re in college and on your own, but you may still be learning to navigate the world of personal finance. Below are common financial mistakes many students make...

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How to Save Money on Student Loan Payments While in School

If you borrowed student loans to help pay for college, you may not be required to make any payments until after you graduate or drop below half-time enrollment...

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College Finance 101

Whether you are entering college after high school or transitioning from full-time employment, your financial picture will probably change when you become a college student. The summer is a good time to prepare for that change...

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19 Important Financial Terms You Should Know

If you’re getting your first student loan or credit card, you’re likely seeing some words and terms you may not recognize. A key component of being a smart and informed consumer is understanding all of those...

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How To Save Money On Your Student Loans

Undergraduate students graduate with an average of $30,000 in student loan debt. This amount can feel overwhelming, but there are several ways to save money on your student loans, both while you are in school...

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Have a Great Spring Break Without Breaking the Bank

Spring break is a time that college students look forward to all winter. It's your chance to escape the rigors of the classroom and relax on a warm beach or other exciting destination ...

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How to Use Your Tax Return Effectively to Reduce Student Loan Payments

Considering paying off your student loan debt with your tax return or just a lump sum of money? There can be more to larger payments than meets the eye. Follow these steps to learn how to make the most of your payment...

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Learning to Budget for a Brighter Future

Recent surveys and studies suggest that many young adults lack basic money management skills. Too often, students enter college at a loss for managing their personal finances. College may be the first opportunity you have...

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A Young Professional’s Guide to Repaying Student Loans

When you’ve recently entered the workforce, balancing student loan payments with your budget can be a challenge – particularly if you have a standard entry-level salary...

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Financial Literacy for Millennials: Tips for Making Smart Financial Decisions in Your 20s and 30s

The first few years after college can be a challenge for anyone. Between finding a job and a place to live, paying down student loans, and maybe even starting a family, the financial decisions you make today can impact...

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