Can You Afford Two Extra House Payments?

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Let’s talk about how much to expect to pay for college. It’s time to stop the wishful thinking about full-ride scholarships and encouraging your teen to pursue her ‘dream school.” It’s time to answer a very basic question, can you afford two extra house payments each month? Because that’s how much you’re going to be… Continue reading

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The Real Reasons Your Kid isn’t Getting Any Financial Aid

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We know that something needs to be done about the cost of college. We know that the current system is in need of serious reform. We also know that it took 30 years to get to this point and anyone starting college in the next few years has to deal with the system as it… Continue reading

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How to Cut the Cost of Out-of-State Tuition

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Most public colleges have two prices. There’s the amount they charge their own residents and then the amount they charge everyone else. For everyone else, the price can be twice as much as that charged to in-state residents. This is why attending an out-of-state public university can cost as much as attending a private school.… Continue reading

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Why You Need to Ignore Freshman Retention Rates

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Simple, they can’t tell you anything that you won’t learn by knowing the actual college graduation rate. But they can give you a false impression about happy and satisfied students because of the number of freshman returning to campus the following year. Basically, colleges like talking about retention rates when they would really rather not… Continue reading

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