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What Is The BIG Deal About Student Loans?

by Lawrene Bottorf

Amazing the way we, as thinking people, are manipulated by the media. Where is the outrage at food and product inflation, gas prices, and joblessness…??? Instead, the media fabricates crises, and we, like sheep, fall for it. For the issue of student debt, the issue really SHOULD be: Why is the government (who is not …

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Testimony from a Debt-Free Graduate

by Julia Mestas

I am blessed that I graduated college debt-FREE. In fact, I graduated with money in the bank! I am not the norm, I realize this. I’m in the minority because of smart decisions and painful sacrifices I made (with the help of my parents) along the way. Parents play a HUGE role in the college …

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If I DO Borrow for College… How Much?

by Al Krulick

How Much Should I Borrow for College? The quick and perhaps all-too-easy answer to the question, “How much should I borrow for college?” is: “As little as possible.” Borrowing money always means that it’s going to have to be paid back someday — with interest.  Beginning your post-graduate life with debt is never the most …

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The Reality of Getting an Athletic Scholarship

The Reality About Getting a College Athletic Scholarship

by Michelle Kretzschmar

With seventh and eighth graders being offered football scholarships, who can blame families for planning to pay for college with an athletic scholarship? It’s a lot easier to pay for private lessons with the local former pro than figure out how to save a hundred thousand dollars or more for four years of tuition. Easier? …

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The High Cost of “Playing It By Ear”

by Lawrene Bottorf

June for parents of college bound students is like the January credit card hangover–the bill comes for something (s) you committed to, and you have this sick pit in your stomach. This is the time of year when parents call us and tell us “this is NOT what we were expecting” (referring to the high …

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Loan Crisis Affecting Students AND Parents

by Chuck Moore

We are reaching a crisis point in this country’s higher education system for both students AND parents. College tuition continues to rise 3 to 5 percent a year, while state and local funding for higher education continues to fall. According to the College Board, over the past ten years, the average tuition has increased 40% …

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Baby-Boomers Are $43 Billion In Debt Due To College Loans

by Chuck Moore

College loan debt is now the largest consumer debt other than a home mortgage. When someone thinks of college debt they are normally referring to student loans taken out by the 20-something group. However, more and more individuals that are in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and even 70’s are becoming a fast growing group of college …

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Are You A Procrastinator?

by Eric Goodhart

Are You a Procrastinator? If you are, you probably will not read this. That will be a mistake. Going off to college is considered as a milestone step in your life’s journey. Hopefully it will be to the college of your dreams. Even if it is not, however, if you have done your research properly, …

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