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It’s Never Too Late to Start Saving

Savings creates choices. When it comes to college, more savings means more choices: if you can spend $25,000 annually from savings for four years, your student will have a wider range of choices than if you can only spend $10,000 annually from savings. You’ll have good choices at both of those price points, but students with more savings will (almost…

Living With Student Loans

As a high school guidance counselor, John McMichael has a lot of conversations with students about borrowing for college. That’s in no small part because about two decades into his career, he’s still paying off his own student loans. His experience with student loans is instructive: how not planning for college costs led to borrowing, graduate school’s impact on his…

Who is on the hook for student loans?

Parents often ask what options their student has for loans that don’t require a co-signer. The answer: very few other than federal direct student loans. A quick review: undergraduate education loans come in three broad types: Direct student loans: These are federal loans for undergraduate students, with an annual borrowing limit ranging from $5,500 for first-year students to $7,500 for…

Tuition is On Sale!

Last year, private nonprofit colleges discounted tuition at record rates: the average tuition discount rate was 53.9% for first-time undergraduates. That means that among this year’s college freshmen, for every $1,000 of list price tuition, only $461 was actually paid, according to initial data from NACUBO. While the pandemic certainly increased colleges’ need to discount tuition to bring students to…

Public College Affordability

Much has been made of cost increases at private colleges, with many schools costing $75,000 or more annually. Recent research by the National College Attainment Network (NCAN) shows that public colleges have also become increasingly unaffordable. NCAN’s recent report, The Growing Gap, shows that public colleges and universities– once considered drivers of social mobility– are in fact becoming increasingly inaccessible…

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