Edvisors in the News

Media organizations count on Edvisors as a valuable resource for financial aid information and expertise. Read these news articles to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the higher education industry.

News Mentions

Do College Savings Hurt Your Kid's Financial Aid Prospects? | Consumer Eagle (April 13, 2014) “April’s designation as financial literacy month has the government urging parents to put money aside early and often to cover the skyrocketing costs of their children’s eventual college education.” Read here

College is Becoming Less Affordable for Families | New York Post (April 13, 2014) “Only half of all families with children under 18 save any money at all for college (down from 62 percent in 2009), but among that group, total college savings are up a whopping 30 percent from last year to $15,346.” Read here

The ConsumerMan Radio Show | KOMO Seattle (April 12, 2014) “In this podcast, ConsumerMan Herb Weisbaum talks to experts about Big Data, financial aid award letters, taxes, consumer fraud and much more.” Listen here

How to Borrow for College | Wall Street Journal (April 11, 2014) “Interest rates on federal student loans are poised to rise, giving families fresh incentive to consider borrowing from colleges, state agencies and banks, experts say. Many students are reviewing offers of financial aid for the 2014-15 school year and figuring out whether they need additional help covering tuition costs.” Read here (subscription required)

New Calculator Shows Value of Texas College Degrees | Star-Telegram (April 11, 2014) “College acceptance letters are out. Now it’s time for parents and students to do some math. After subtracting out the 'free' money — grants and scholarships — now is the time to bear down and really assess whether taking on student loan debt will be worth it financially after they graduate.” Read here

Counselors Push High School Students to Apply for Federal Financial Aid | The Washington Post (April 10, 2014) “Thanks to increased savings rates and a rising stock market, average balances in U.S. college savings plans jumped 30 percent in 2013 over the prior year. Still, savings lags far behind college tuition rates, which have risen exponentially in recent years.” Read here

U.S. College Savings Jumps With Stock Market: Study | Reuters (April 10, 2014) “As educators and politicians work to increase college attendance across the country, they often focus on a key barrier to a higher degree: money. Studies show thatstudents who apply for financial aid are more likely to enroll in and graduate from college, particularly as tuitions increase.” Read here

Parents: You're Saving for College All Wrong | MarketWatch, WSJ (April 10, 2014) “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 any money for college.” Read here

What You Don't Know About Financial Aid (But Should) | New York Times (April 9, 2014) “Even if you've solved some of life's toughest financial puzzles -- running a business, buying a home, raising a family -- none can compare to the challenge of understanding the cost of sending kids to college.” Read here

Ask Your Questions About Financial Aid | New York Times (April 9, 2014) “With financial aid award letters in hand, families are struggling to make sense of it all by colleges’ May 1 deadline. Experts Richard Pérez-Peña and Mark Kantrowitz answer readers’ questions about understanding financial aid award letters, filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, and other issues.” Read here

Decoding a College Offer Letter | Fox Business News (April 9, 2014) “It’s that time of year when prospective college students all over the country are getting acceptance letters and financial aid packages. If you or a member of your family is part of this group, steel yourself. Confusion is the most common reaction to these packages.” Read here

Don't Get Fooled by Financial Aid Letters | Reuters (April 8, 2014) “The confusing and sometimes misleading financial aid letters that colleges send out this time of year can cause unsuspecting families to sign up for educations they can't afford, college experts warn.” Read here

Inside the Confusing World of Financial Aid | CNBC (April 5, 2014) “Colleges issue financial aid awards to families on the heels of acceptance letters, and the numbers can look pretty impressive. But those award letters can also be confusing, and interpreting them the wrong way can cost you thousands of dollars.” Read here

First Test For College Hopefuls? Decoding Financial Aid Letters | NPR  (April 3, 2014) “The first step for many families is reviewing the financial aid award letters they receive from each school. But often those letters can be confusing.” Listen here

Comparing College Costs: A Primer | The Washington Post (April 1, 2014) “It’s the season for colleges to accept students and then students to accept colleges. Part of the decision for many students is price, but comparing the actual cost of attending different colleges can be tricky.” Read here

Students Look for Scholarships in Some Unusual Places | The Washington Post (April 1, 2014) “As college tuitions soar and median household incomes decline, many aspiring college students face a daunting gap. Lacking well-stocked college savings plans or wealthy grandparents, they are turning to a vast and idiosyncratic private industry to help them get to college.” Read here

Get More Financial Aid for College | Kiplinger's Personal Finance (April  2014) “Income counts most heavily in the federal need equation (with an allowance for living expenses), whereas savings get off relatively lightly. Parents can expect to contribute no more than 5.6% of their assets toward college costs, after an allowance; retirement accounts and home equity are excluded altogether.” Read here

10 Rules for Decoding College Financial Aid Award Letters | Forbes (March 31,  2014) “If you’re a high school student whose family income doesn’t qualify for the 1% club, there’s a very good chance that the most important day of your college application experience won’t be the day you turn in all of your applications or the day you get accepted to your first school.” Read here

The Thorny Politics of Higher Education Reform | Forbes (March 31,  2014) “The politics of higher education policy are actually less hospitable to reform than those in K-12. Some argue that partisan polarization is to blame, which is typically code for 'the Democrats want to change things but Republicans won’t let them.' To others, resistance to reform is the work of an all-powerful 'higher education lobby' that uses money and influence to thwart well-intentioned efforts to improve the system.” Read here

Princeton Parents Win Jackpot With Low-Interest Education Loans | Bloomberg (March 30,  2014) “For parents looking to pay for college, one of the best deals comes with a 1.2 percent, no-fee loan. The hitch: Your kid has to get into Princeton University. Princeton, which accepts only 7.3 percent of applicants, is alone in the eight-member Ivy League in offering financing to parents.” Read here

Disabled Borrowers Trade Loan Debt for a Tax Bill From the I.R.S. | New York Times (March 27,  2014) “After much criticism, the Department of Education has made it easier in recent years for disabled borrowers to have their federal student loans discharged. But now, as more people are qualifying for loan forgiveness, many of them are running into an unexpected consequence.” Read here

Master's Degree Debt Jumped 70% Since 2004 | MarketWatch (March 25, 2014) “Many students consider a graduate degree a necessity for scoring a plum job. But how is a student to know which degrees are worth the expense?” Read here

Planning and Paying for College: You Need to Do What, When, How?!? | College Admission Book (March 25, 2014) “It is never too early to start planning on how you will pay for college. It is also never too late, but families who start sooner will have more flexibility in choosing a college than families who procrastinate.” Read here

9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About...Financial Aid for College | LearnVest (March 21, 2014) “Paying for college can be a nerve-wracking rite of passage. Not only are you probably dealing with huge sums of money, but the complex process of making decisions about loans is often trusted to 17-year-olds, who may or may not have ever managed money before.” Read here

Avoiding the Most Common Financial Aid Application Errors | The Washington Post (March 20, 2014) “If you have kids in college, or kids who are going to be in college, you want to read this advice on how to get financial aid without making big mistakes.” Read here

Navigating the Financial Aid Maze | KNPR Nevada Public Radio (March 19, 2014) “Financial aid experts Mark Kantrowitz and Shawn Caxton answer common questions about finding money for college in this radio program.” Listen here

Sallie Mae Says Loan Servicing Business On the Mend | MainStreet.com (March 19, 2014) “The Department of Education (ED) has yet to release comprehensive information on how its student loan servicers are performing, but the SLM Corporation, or Sallie Mae, the private student lender, released new data earlier this week that it says shows that more of the federal loans it services are in Income Based Repayment plans (IBR).” Read here

How to Maximize Your Child's Chances of Receiving Financial Aid | New York Daily News (March 18, 2014) “Edvisors' financial aid guru Mark Kantrowitz tells you everything you need to know in this Money Pros article.” Read here

Free Money for College| The Today Show (March 18, 2014) “In this video, Today's Al Roker and Natalie Morales discuss strategies for increasing financial aid and finding scholarships with Jacques Steinberg from Say Yes to Education and Rob Franek from the Princeton Review.” Watch here

How to Claim a $2,500 College Tax Credit | CBS MoneyWatch (March 18, 2014) “If you've got children in college, you could be eligible for a valuable tax credit when you file your taxes this year.” Read here

Many Adults Falling Short of Degrees | New York Times (March 18, 2014) “As the economic benefits of having a college degree become better known, the number of full-time adult learners -- those over 24 --is growing. Still, the completion rate for older undergraduates lags that of their younger peers.” Read here

What to Expect When You're Accepting: A College Cost Checklist for Parents | Huffington Post (March 18, 2014) “As kids across America are celebrating their college acceptance letters, parents of high school seniors are freaking out over the quarter-million-dollar question: How are we going to pay for it?” Read here

After Hiatus, Student Loan Refinancing Re-Emerges, But Should You Do It? | Fox Business (March 14, 2014) “As the country's outstanding student-loan debt tops $1 trillion, financial institutions are increasingly offering borrowers the chance to reduce their interest payments, a market that many borrowers have been afraid to enter.” Read here

How to Score the Best Scholarships for You | CNBC (March 12, 2014) “Getting into college is almost a full time job these days. Between standardized tests, lengthy applications and the search for financial aid, many high school students devote many hours each week to the effort.” Read here

2 Million Students Missing Out on College Aid | CNNMoney (March 7, 2014) “Millions of college students are missing out on financial aid for college because they aren't even applying for it. About 2 million students could have qualified for the need-based Federal Pell Grant during the 2011-12 academic year, but they failed to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) required to receive it.” Read here

College Aid for the Affluent | Wall Street Journal (March 7, 2014) “Most affluent families with college-age children don't qualify for financial aid. But there are several moves that parents with above-average income can make before applying for aid that could result in a lower tuition bill.” Read here (subscription required)

Are You On the Hook for Your Child's College Tuition? | Reuters (March 6, 2014) “A college degree is increasingly seen as a key to success in the 21st century. Does that mean parents have to pay for it? Last month a New Jersey teenager estranged from her parents filed a lawsuit seeking living and schooling costs from them. The case has focused attention on the question of whether parents - even those who are not divorced or separated - owe their children a higher education.” Read here

Will New SAT Raise Test-Prep Prices? | MarketWatch, WSJ (March 6, 2014) “In the past, when the College Board rejiggered the SAT, the changes proved to be a boon for the test-prep industry. Panicked high-school students and their parents felt more compelled than ever to plunk down huge sums to stay ahead of the curve.” Read here

College Planners: Avoid These Common FAFSA Mistakes| Morningstar (March 4, 2014) “In this video, Morningstar's Adam Zoll discusses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the financial aid process with Edvisors' Mark Kantrowitz.” Watch here

The Hidden Costs of Loans | U.S. News & World Report (March 4, 2014) “Taking out a loan always comes at a cost. That’s expected, unless you take on an interest-free loan from a friend or family member. But it's easy to miss just how costly loans can be, especially if you take out a loan in a hurry.” Read here

Bankrupt? How to Get Student Loan Debt Erased | Reuters (March 3, 2014) “Getting student loan debt erased in bankruptcy court isn't easy, but it's possible. Unfortunately, most borrowers can't afford the fight that might give them some relief.” Read here

Student Loans Entice Borrowers More for Cash Than a Degree | Wall Street Journal (March 2, 2014) “Some Americans caught in the weak job market are lining up for federal student aid, not for education that boosts their employment prospects but for the chance to take out low-cost loans, sometimes with little intention of getting a degree.” Read here (subscription required)

How Exactly Do Colleges Allocate Their Financial Aid? | Pro Publica (February  25, 2014) “At the center of the admissions and financial-aid process is a massive information imbalance: Schools make their decisions with detailed data about each applicant that goes well beyond test scores and transcripts.” Read here

Refinancing Can Lower Student Loan Debt | Today (February  24, 2014) “Millions of Americans could put more money in their pockets each month by refinancing their student loans. It's always been possible to refinance private student loans, but few financial institutions offered this service.” Read here

Banks Take Interest in College Lending | Wall Street Journal (February  24, 2014) “Lenders are reacquainting themselves with college students, lured by the prospect of building ties with young customers and encouraged by declining loan-default rates among these borrowers.” Read here (subscription required)

Student-Loan Refinancing Makes Reappearance | Wall Street Journal (February  24, 2014) “More banks, credit unions and other lenders are refinancing student loans, giving borrowers the chance to cut their interest payments.” Read here (subscription required)

Have U.S. 'Shame Lists' Helped Lower Tuition? Probably Not. | Chronicle of Higher Education (February 24, 2014) “Three years ago, the Education Department published the first of its annual College Affordability and Transparency Lists, a series of six rankings based on college tuition and net price.” Read here (subscription required)

A Free Guide to Filling Out the FAFSA -- Get It Now | Ask Liz Weston (February  24, 2014) “Exciting news: One of the most-respected experts in financial aid has written a book about filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)–and right now you can get it as a free PDF download.” Read here

Consider Rolling Your Private Student Debt Into Single Loan | Chicago Tribune (February  20, 2014) “For college graduates, there have been few options for consolidating private student debt into a single loan. But that may be changing.” Read here

Claiming Valuable Education Tax Credits | The College Solution (February 20,  2014) “If you have a child in college, do you qualify for a federal tax credit or tax deduction? These are valuable tax benefits that can help you defray the rising cost of a college degree and yet some parents have no idea that they exist or whether they would qualify.” Read here

A New Twist on Financial Aid | Kiplinger's Personal Finance (February  2014) “Students can have the FAFSA sent to up to ten schools at a time, but many students may not realize that the order in which they list those schools could influence the size of their aid packages—or even their admission.” Read here

FAFSA Form Critical for College Financial Assistance | Dallas Morning News (February 16, 2014) “When it comes to applying for financial aid for college, no single document is more important to fill out than the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Simply put, it’s the best way you can ensure you have a shot at obtaining financial aid.” Read here

How Your College-Savings Plan Measures Up | Wall Street Journal (February 14, 2014) “Many savers who assumed last year's big rally in stocks would swell their 529 college accounts learned a tough lesson when they opened their annual statements: Gains often trailed the market, sometimes by a wide margin.” Read here (subscription required)

Going to College? Don't Leave Tax Benefits Behind | Cleveland Plain Dealer (February 10, 2014) “If you're paying for college, make sure you claim tax benefits that can lighten the financial burden a bit. Tax credits such as the American Opportunity Tax Credit can be worth up to $2,500 to someone who paid $4,000 for tuition, books and fees. Yet a surprising number of people walk away from college tax credits and deductions.” Read here

Insider Tips: Smart Money Moves to Save Big Bucks | Kiplinger's Personal Finance (February 2014) “Kiplinger's spoke with dozens of experts in fields ranging from college aid to travel to glean insights they apply to their own financial lives and share with their own family and friends. Here is actionable advice to manage some of life's biggest ongoing expenses.” Read here

8 Mistakes to Avoid in Applying for College Financial Aid | CBS MoneyWatch (January 31, 2014) “College freshmen will be heading off to school in the fall, which means that some parents are making mistakes as they struggle to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. But a new guide can help you avoid such errors and make the entire process easier.” Read here

How Same-Sex Marriage Impacts Financial Aid | Wall Street Journal MarketWatch (January 28, 2014) “As they scramble to meet looming deadlines for financial-aid applications, families in which both parents are unmarried and live together—or in which the parents are in a same-sex marriage—may qualify for less assistance than in previous years.” Read here

Which Public, Private Colleges Offer the Best Value? | CNBC (January 28, 2014) “Don't let the 'sticker price' of a college education fool you. Experts weigh in on the best values in public and private higher education.” Read here

Four College Financial Aid Maneuvers That Can Backfire | Reuters (January 27, 2014) “Spiraling college costs can tempt families to stretch the truth trying to get more financial aid. These methods carry significant risks and may not even work. There are legitimate ways to get better offers.” Read here

Assets You Don't Need to Report on the FAFSA | The College Solution (January 27, 2014) “Every year, 20 million families file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and plenty of them inadvertently make costly mistakes.” Read here

Tips For How Grandparents Can Aid College Bills | Investor's Business Daily (January 24, 2014) “With 2014 underway, the race for college financial aid begins. Families can file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2014-15 school year. Even if your child is not yet in college, it's good to start planning. The student's grandparents can chip in.” Read here

Avoiding a FAFSA Faux Pas | Schools.com (January 23, 2014) “The only thing standing between you and free college cash is one little form. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the document the government uses to determine who gets financial aid and who doesn't.” Read here

Scholarship Scams | NBCNews (January 22, 2014) “Every month, NBC Consumerman Herb Weisbaum sits down with consumer experts to discuss issues important to teenagers. Weisbaum interviewed Edvisors' financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz for this video on scholarship scams.” Watch here

These Colleges Will Pay Your Student Loan Bills | CNNMoney (January 22, 2014) “A small but growing group of colleges are guaranteeing students that they will help them pay their student loan bills until they secure a well-paying job. Known as a loan repayment assistance program, the colleges offer to pay undergraduate student's loan bills until they earn enough to afford the payments themselves.” Read here

2014 Student Loan Outlook: More Money, More Problems | MainStreet (January 21, 2014) “One thing is clear: more people are going to be borrowing more money for post-secondary school education in 2014. Indeed, much of the cash that most students live on doesn't belong to them. It comes from a loan—one that has to be repaid.” Read here

Seven Ways to Help Your Child Get More Money for College | Reuters (January 21, 2014) “If you know much about college financing, you probably know the basics of improving a financial aid package: Save in your own name, rather than your child's, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon after January 1 as possible and look for scholarships and other 'free money' that can reduce your costs. But many other strategies can also increase your financial aid.” Read here

Higher Interest Rates May Be On the Horizon for Federal Loans in the 2014-2015 School Year | U.S. News & World Report (January 15, 2014) “Student loans garnered a lot of attention in 2013. Interest rates on federal student loans became a political playing card – again – and debt loads and borrower default rates captured headlines. The new year could be just as tumultuous for college borrowers.” Read here

Debt at Graduation: The Center Holds, the Number Climbs Higher | MainStreet (January 14, 2014) “Each year, the average amount of student debt seems more disconcerting than the one before, if only because it's bigger. What's more, these increases seem predictable as government support for students continues to decline relative to the incomes of borrowers and their families.” Read here

Seven Mistakes to Avoid on Financial Aid Forms | Reuters (January 13, 2014) “Millions of families will fill out a key financial aid form in coming weeks, many for the first time. Unfortunately, mistakes on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are easy to make, education experts said.” Read here

Repayment Strategies for Your Student Loans | CNBC (January 11, 2014) “Students graduating from college enjoy a six-month grace period before they have to start repaying their loans. But for the latest crop of graduates, that period is now over, and those who have loans are figuring out how to pay them off.” Read here

Five Ways Do-Gooders Can Erase Student Loan Debt | Reuters (December 30, 2013) “For graduates and others saddled with student loan debt, there are several programs that tie reductions in student loan debt to volunteer or military service or to jobs teaching, practicing law or providing healthcare in high-need areas.” Read here

​​​A Smart Plan to Juggle Saving for Retirement and College | Kiplinger's (December 30, 2013) “Kiplinger’s spoke with dozens of experts in fields ranging from college aid to travel to glean insights they apply to their own financial  lives and share with their own family and friends. Here is actionable advice to manage some of life’s biggest ongoing expenses.” Read here

​​Four Financial Goals for the New Year | The Kansas City Star (December 27, 2013) “Four financial education experts, including Edvisors' Mark Kantrowitz, were asked what one goal they would recommend for parents — or their children — to accomplish in the coming year.” Read here

​2012 Grads Have Highest-Ever Student Debt | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (December 26, 2013) “The college graduating class of 2012 is, on average, deeper in the hole with student loan debt than any class before. And graduates of Pennsylvania colleges -- state and private -- are more likely than graduates of other colleges nationwide to be burdened with student debt, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education and national surveys of colleges and college graduates.” Read here

Three Ways to Fix Financial Aid Form Flaws | Reuters (December 23, 2013) “Starting Jan. 1, families with college-bound students will begin submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the key to getting most grants, scholarships and loans, but filling it out can be a nightmare.” Read here

Early Admission and Financial Aid Exploitation | The Street (December 23, 2013) “Early admission applicants know exactly what school they want to go to. But they may give universities an opportunity to exploit that single-minded ambition by delivering less aid than anticipated.” Read here

The Most-Wanted Stocking Stuffer: Cash | New York Times (December 13, 2013) “Cash gifts are often written off as too impersonal. But as you’re scrambling to find the perfect something for a loved one, particularly the students and graduates who collectively hold about $1.2 trillion in student debt, a little financial wiggle room might be exactly what they want and need.” Read here

Why It’s So Hard to Settle Student Loan Debt | Reuters (November 1, 2013) “Settling student loan debt isn’t easy, but it can be possible. Troubled borrowers who can offer a substantial lump sum may be able to free themselves from years of wage garnishments, tax refund seizures, and other collections efforts, according to student loan experts.” Read here

The Education Issue: A Dad Faces a College Savings Gap | Washington Post (November 1, 2013) “Most American families don’t have a plan for paying for college. Financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz offers advice on how and when to save for a child’s college education.” Read here

I Graduated With Thousands of Dollars Left Over | CNN Money (November 1, 2013) “While millions of Americans are drowning in student loan debt, some students are actually graduating with thousands of extra dollars to burn—thanks to scholarships and aid that exceeded their college costs.” Read here

What DOs Need to Know About Personal Finance | TheDO (November 1, 2013) “Many physicians didn’t choose their field for the money. Their passion lies in practicing medicine, not following the stock market and interest rate trends. And medical school, residency, and the early years of practicing all require a great deal of focus and time, leaving little room for picking up a solid financial education.” Read here

Be Careful What You Share on the FAFSA | CBS MoneyWatch (October 30, 2013) “When you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), watch out how you list the colleges that your child is applying. Schools will be watching and could hold the order of names against your teenager.” Read here

A Dirty Little FAFSA Secret | The College Solution (October 30, 2013) “If you’ll be filling out the FAFSA during this admission season for a high school teenager, be careful how you list the colleges that your child will be applying to. Colleges could use that information against you.” Read here

PSU Advice on Handling High Cost of College | KGW.com (October 23, 2013) “In a town hall called ‘From Debt to Degree,’ Portland State University brought together experts, including Edvisors’ Mark Kantrowitz, to answer questions about how to handle the high cost of college. ” Watch here

12 Ways to Prevent Kids From Becoming Perpetual Students | Forbes (October 7, 2013) “Boomer parents face a growing concern when their children decide to extend their college studies: Shelling out tuition money for longer than expected may reduce what they are able to save for their retirement.” Read here

Education Aid for the Wealthy | Huffington Post Live (October 1, 2013) “In the last 20 years, the percentage of merit-based scholarships handed out has nearly tripled, meaning more low income students have to scrape to pay for college. Edvisors financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz was one of three guests invited to discuss the issue.” Watch here

Freebies for the Rich | The New York Times (September 29, 2013) “Over the years, many state-university systems — and even states themselves — have shifted more of their financial aid away from students who need it toward those whose résumés merit it, with the rationale that merit scholarships motivate higher achievement and keep talented students in state. The consequence, however, is that more aid is helping kids who need it less.” Read here

A Q&A Session with Financial Aid Guru Mark Kantrowitz | Sponsoring Young People (September 27, 2013) “Mark Kantrowitz answers questions about some of the most common misconceptions students and families have about financial aid and scholarships, and discusses some of the resources available to low-income students and families.” Read here

For Some, A Path to Student Loan Forgiveness | Yahoo News (September 26, 2013) “Awareness of federal student loan forgiveness is low, but the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is bringing more attention to forgiveness programs with a guide to available options.” Read here

Adult Education: Is It Worth Going Back to School? | Nightly Business Report/CNBC (September 25, 2013) “Nearly 4 million adults who are 35 and older are enrolled in a degree-granting institution. Going back to school can be worth it, especially if students follow the right steps to find the money to cover the costs.” Read here

Teaching Your College Kids About Money | Ameriprise Financial (September 19, 2013) “As your child prepares to leave for college, money matters may be the last thing on your mind. But, teaching college kids about money is an important part of the process, and one you shouldn’t skip for the child’s own financial well-being.” Read here

3 Financial Challenges of Blended Families | US News and World Report (August 26, 2013) “Whether they include step-kids, half-siblings, grandparents raising kids, or some other family structure, blended families often create more complicated financial considerations when it comes to estate planning, saving for college, and paying taxes.” Read here

Oregon’s ‘Pay It Forward’ Plan on Student Loans Could Become ‘Pay It Yourself’ | Chronicle of Higher Education (August 22, 2013) “A proposal by students at Portland State University has drawn enthusiasm in Oregon and at least four other states. But a close look at the plan suggests it could lead to an even greater shifting of college costs from states to students.” Read here (subscription required)

Enjoy Student Loan Rates This Low While They Last | Chicago Tribune (August 16, 2013) “College students this year will get relief on federal student loans. But if they have to borrow again after this school year, the loans they take on will probably cost them more.” Read here

NYC Preschool Loan Program Concerns Experts | Loans.org (August 9, 2013) “Authorities in education finance, including Mark Kantrowitz, weigh in on NYC mayoral candidate Christine Quinn’s proposal for a subsidized student loan program for city residents to pay for preschool.” Read here

The Top Five Things Mark Kantrowitz Would Change About Financial Aid | Chronicle of Higher Education (July 23, 2013) “Financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz shares his vision for financial aid, listing the first five changes he’d make to the financial-aid system based on what would have the biggest impact on access and success.” Read here (subscription required)

Sorry, Students: Higher Loan Rate May Still Be Best Option | NBC News (July 11, 2013) “Students who are scrambling to find an alternative to those government-subsidized student loans that recently got a lot pricier may not want to waste too much time on the effort.” Read here

No Tuition or Loan for College? No Problem | CBS MoneyWatch (July 11, 2013) “Last week, the Oregon legislature unanimously passed a bill that could lead to students attending one of the state’s seven public universities without incurring any upfront costs.” Read here

Tuition Rises Fastest for In-State College Students | The Wall Street Journal (July 9, 2013) “The increases reflect a five-year decline in state spending on public colleges and universities. But the national uptick in public-school tuition will likely slow down—or even level off—over the next several years, said Mark Kantrowitz.” Read here (subscription required)

Don’t Take Out Student Loans This Week | MarketWatch, WSJ (July 2, 2013) “The interest rate on federal student loans doubled to 6.8% from 3.4% on Monday, when Congress failed to intervene before the July 4th recess. But experts say those applying for loans now should hold off a few weeks to give Congress a chance to reconsider.” Read here

What New Student Loan Rates Mean for You | CNBC.com (July 1, 2013) “The doubling of the interest rate may sound dramatic, but it does not double the loan payments…the monthly payment will increase by only about one-sixth, says Mark Kantrowitz.” Read here

Using Plastic to Pay Off Student Loans: A Bad Idea | Yahoo Finance (July 1, 2013) “Does it ever make financial sense to pay off student loan debt with credit cards? Mark Kantrowitz explains the pitfalls and occasional successes of this strategy.” Read here

Washington Shrugs as Student Loan Rates Double | MSNBC (July 1, 2013) “Borrowing costs for lower-income students shot up on Monday, jumping from 3.4% to 6.8% on subsidized Stafford loans from the federal government. For the average borrower, that means an additional $761 for every loan they take out through the program, according to Mark Kantrowitz, a financial aid expert and publisher of Edvisors Network.” Read here

Student Debt Stalemate Will Hammer Millions of Undergrads | CNBC.com (June 28, 2013) “Time is running out for Congress to act. Interest rates on many new subsidized Stafford loans will skyrocket—from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent—on Monday, unless the Senate reaches a compromise.” Read here

Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Will Affect Student Aid for Such Couples | Chronicle of Higher Education (June 27, 2013) “Under the act, which defined marriage as the union between one man and one woman, students in same-sex marriages were considered unmarried for purposes of awarding federal student aid, said Mark Kantrowitz…” Read here (subscription required)

Middle-Income Students Face Tough Loan Decisions | The Miami Herald (June 19, 2013) “Many middle-income families make too much money for their children to qualify for student aid packages. While at the same time, they may not have the financial means to cover the high costs of college.” Read here

Get In-State Tuition at Out-of-State Colleges | U.S. News & World Report (June 10, 2013) “Cost-conscious students often view state colleges as the least expensive route, and generally, that is true. But there are ways for students to save thousands of tuition dollars without being confined to their home state, says financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz…” Read here

Should Our College Kid Have Life Insurance? | CNNMoney (June 6, 2013) “When does a term life insurance policy, with the parents as beneficiaries, make financial sense? Higher education expert Mark Kantrowitz explains the details.” Read here

Sallie Mae Split Marks Bet on Much-Abused Private Student Loans | Bloomberg (May 30, 2013) “Sallie Mae (SLM), the largest U.S. education-finance company, is making a bet on the future of private student debt, a business under fire in Washington for marketing high-interest-rate loans before the financial crisis.” Read here

The Student Loan Bill Obama Could Veto Has Similarities to His Own | MainStreet.com (May 29, 2013) “While President Obama has threatened to veto the Republican sponsored House bill he says would result in a two-fold interest rate increase in student loans, the GOP proposal and his own are more similar than the partisan divide would suggest.” Read here

How Congress Could Raise Student Loan Debt | MarketWatch, WSJ (May 24, 2013) “The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a Republican bill to link student loan rates to financial markets. Under the bill, most students on federal aid — those with subsidized or unsubsidized Stafford loans — would pay the Treasury rate, plus 2.5 percentage points with a cap of 8.5 percentage points.” Read here

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