It's like Night of the Living Dead: Every time the feds kill off a set of fees, they come back to life -- just in slightly different forms.
It's been a rough couple years for many Americans, watching the value of their retirement accounts dip and their home values drop. But conditions are improving again for many. The stock market is up for the year and investors are seeing their accounts begin to grow again.
Shopping for a new bank? It's nice to have a branch on every corner, but that's not the only quality that makes an institution worthy of your business.
At long last, your child's efforts have been rewarded -- a flock of college acceptances have arrived. But your joy is mixed with anxiety as you ask yourself a question echoed by parents across the country: How will we ever pull this off?
President Obama signs the final changes to health care reform into law.
The federal government makes big changes to student loans, as financial planner Karen Lee explains.
Tucked into the legislation President Obama signed Tuesday is an important change that didn't get near the attention of health care reform: a sweeping overhaul of the nation's student loan program.
Congress passed a bill Thursday to make Washington the one-stop shop for cheap student loans and to boost need-based scholarships.
The House voted 220-211 on Sunday to make Washington the one-stop-shop for cheap student loans and to boost funding for need-based scholarships.
On Sunday, the House is set to vote on an historic overhaul of the nation's health care system. It will also take up an issue that will get far less attention but could affect the wallets of millions of Americans.
When the House votes on a health care package this weekend, it will also consider a proposal to make the federal government the one-stop-shop to get cheap student loans.
President Obama has been waging a war with banks over who gets to dole out cheap student loans backed by the federal government.
Experts have long counseled against using financial planners who charge commissions, given their incentive to simply sell products that pad their paychecks.
Students can now pay their college loans and save with Sallie Mae.
"I hate to use this phrase, but we really are the Wal-Mart of financial services," says Charles Schwab. His hesitation is understandable -- when you are trying to persuade investors that your firm is the place to entrust $100,000 or $1 million of their savings, you don't want them associating you with cheap sweatshirts and dog food.
Despite losses in their own investments, 65% of grandparents plan to help their grandkids pay for college, reports the College Savings Foundation. That may spell relief for parents squeezed by the economy. But handled incorrectly, such giving could hurt your child's chances for financial aid, says Joe Hurley of savingforcollege.com. Here are the best ways for Grandma to give.
It's only a couple of weeks or even days until school begins. And if you don't think you'll be able to get a handle on your college tuition bill, here with your guide to last minute money.
HLN Money Expert Clark Howard advises a mother on how her son should pay off his student loans
Do you need to borrow to fund a college education for yourself or your child? Be sure you're taking my "Clark Smart" approach to borrowing.
The government's new student loan reform plan gets good grades from graduates with low-paying jobs struggling under a lot of debt. But it's on probation from some borrowers, including married couples and those who will be subject to a new tax liability.
College tuition increases about 5% to 8% a year. And most students are now just beginning to get their financial aid packages.
Colleges aren't getting any cheaper, but federal student loans are.
Today the government will begin offering a repayment plan that lets graduates reduce their monthly student loan payments based on their income. It's called the income based repayment plan and it's available to borrowers who took out federal loans or used a federal consolidation loan to combine their debt.
One of the great headaches of the American dream is about to get less painful.
Constant news of layoffs, pay cuts, and stock declines has all of us tightening our belts: A recent Money poll found that in light of the financial crisis, 89% of us are changing the way we manage our finances, and 88% plan to be more frugal.
By now, most college-bound high school seniors have accepted an admissions offer and are cruising blissfully toward graduation, summer, and their chosen campus come fall. For parents, on the other hand, the hard work of financing this education is just beginning.
You've been waiting for this moment for nearly 18 years: Your baby is almost ready for college. Your finances, not so much. The market's protracted free fall means that your college fund is now worth just a fraction of what you need. Your home's value has no doubt dropped sharply too - no help there. The only thing that keeps going up, you guessed it, is college tuition. So it's goodbye, Dream School U., hello, Central State, right?
Despite the steady drum-beat of economic news, therapists say money is still one of the most taboo subjects for American families.
A family of four generations shares personal stories of how they learned to manage money and the pitfalls they overcame.
Many students are now receiving their college acceptance letters and with that comes offers of financial aid. Here's how to compare your financial aid offers.
An increasing number of students aren't making their student loan payments according to the Department of Education.
Here are the five things mothers should know to protect their families' finances.
One of the perks of working for a big blue chip company is that employees can often buy its stock at a discount.
If the economic downturn has you frazzled, here are some tips on dealing with your money anxieties.
There could be help on the horizon for families worried about paying for college tuition if Congress passes the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Here is what this bill may do for college students.
I get a lot of e-mails assuming that I'm undercover out of fear that my peers will attack me. Fear has nothing to do with it. If I were afraid of scathing e-mails from other advisers, I wouldn't publish an e-mail address on this column. I can live with being unpopular.
Question: I'm meeting with a financial planner for the first time. Can I expect to get some specific advice, or just a sales pitch? Will I need to sign an agreement?
Carl, a Florida native now living overseas, is afraid to move back to the United States. That's because he can't afford to pay his student loans.
Given the recent wave of lay offs, people around the country are contemplating their next step. Hiring has slowed. Job seekers are taking an average 4.5 months today to land a new gig, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So more adults are thinking now is the time to return to the classroom.
A financial expert tells American Morning that financial turmoil can make people panic into mistakes.
CNN's Tom Foreman takes a look at how big business affects consumers.
Eric Hahn thought his financial situation was set after he was approved for a private student loan with an 8 percent interest rate to supplement his federal education loans.
The student loan market is rejecting more applicants because of too-low credit scores, but the market is still advancing money, even as colleges prepare to resume classes. Some tips from CNN's Gerri Willis on how to nab a loan.
Since their introduction in 1996, the now ubiquitous state-sponsored 529 college savings plans have been lauded again and again as one of the best tax breaks since the IRA.
For families with children heading off to college, this has been the year from hell. First, a record number of applicants made 2008 the most competitive year ever for college admissions. Then the credit crunch hit the college market in a big way, igniting fears of a drought in financing for all students this fall.
From groceries to gasoline, everything is costing more. As schools compete to be the best by expanding campuses and adding research centers, the cost of an education is growing.
CNN's Tom Foreman looks at the soaring prices of college and what the candidates are planning to do about it.
Question: I am reluctant to get a financial planner. Will they do an analysis of your portfolio? Does that commit me to use them? How do you get their advice without hiring them as a financial planner?
Question: I'm looking for a financial planner. Should I find one with who is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP)?
A lot of jobs are in trouble in today's tough climate, but doom and gloom are the bread and butter of a personal financial planner.
Patrick and Laura Matheny began saving early for their children's college education. After stashing some $50,000 in college savings accounts for their son Daniel, now 20, and their daughter Natalie, 18, they began paying down their mortgage in earnest with the intention of tapping their home equity once the bills began rolling in.
Paying for college is rarely easy, but this year parents and students could have a tougher time securing the necessary financing.
As college acceptance letters arrive this month, families will be celebrating the good news (we hope!), then bracing for the grueling process of figuring out how to pay for four years' tuition.
At first glance, Justin and Kim Ritchie seem in perfect financial sync. The couple, who grew up on the same street in Georgia and both went to college in Atlanta, are saving more than half of their combined six-figure income so they can buy a bigger house in their hometown of Bonaire, Ga., cover college tuition costs for sons Giuseppe, 2, and Gianluca, 1, and retire together before they hit 60.
We can all count on the certainty of death and taxes. But many of us can add student loan debt to that list. The average student graduates with about $21,000 in debt these days.
The credit crunch is hitting the college classroom.
The credit crunch may be bleeding into the student loan industry. Here's what it could mean to your wallet and how to protect yourself.
Students relying on college loans will soon feel the pinch from the subprime mortgage crisis, according to a report by financial aid guide FinAid this week.
The average total cost of a private four-year college rose to $32,307 for the current school year, but the rate of increase has slowed compared to public school prices, according to a report released Monday.
House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement Wednesday to boost aid to college students, a deal that calls for slashing roughly $20 billion in government subsidies to banks that issue student loans.
Parents beware - financial aid scams are growing. Complaints are up 60 percent last year, according to the Better Business Bureau. Here's what you need to watch out for.
Parents beware. Financial aid scams are growing. Complaints were up 60 percent in 2006, according to the Better Business Bureau. Here's what you need to watch out for.
The chairman of the U.S. Senate education committee Tuesday introduced legislation to cut government subsidies to student loan companies, but the cuts were milder than some expected and lender stocks rose.
Moving the U.S. Congress closer to overhauling the troubled student loan industry, the chairman of the Senate Education Committee Monday unveiled proposals that would affect major lenders.
Question: How do I find and evaluate a good financial planner? I have always done my own savings and goal setting, but I am not a professional. I've worked hard for my money and have always been hesitant to entrust it to someone else. - Robert, Thomaston, Connecticut
Question 1: We have over $23,000 in student loans. My husband has already consolidated when the rates were high. We are at an 8.5 percent interest rate. Is there nothing else we can do make the interest better? -Tracey, Colorado
It's a good thing you got that college education. You can put it to good use navigating the complex maze that is the student loan industry as you consider whether to consolidate your federal student loans.
The prospect is anything but appealing: You - and possibly your offspring - will have to borrow gigantic sums to pay those college bills soon coming due.
Late Sunday night, student loan giant Sallie Mae, or SLM Corp. as the company is officially known, became the latest major American corporation to succumb to the advances of private equity. Sallie will be sold to a consortium of two private equity firms - JC Flowers and Friedman Fleischer & Lowe - and two banks that have their own student loan businesses - JP Morgan and Bank of America - for some $60 a share, or $25 billion. That represents a premium of almost 50 percent based on Sallie's stock price before word of the deal began to leak.
Fifteen-year-old Connor Lewis knows a thing or two about money. He pet-sits, mows yards and earns an allowance by doing chores; and he puts half of his earnings into a savings account. He comparison shops for video games and other items and doesn't buy them until he finds the cheapest price.
A college education may be getting less expensive at some of the most prestigious schools.
Online banking pioneer ING Direct helped transform the banking industry through its high-yield savings accounts, sparking a wave of copycats competing to attract tech-savvy consumers eager for a higher return.
Question 1: Next year, we'll be in the market for a home. Please cite any sources I might find useful to help me start my search. - Stephen, Minneapolis
The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted in favor of legislation that would cut in half the fixed interest rates on need-based Stafford loans for undergraduates over five years.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on legislation that would cut in half the fixed interest rates on need-based Stafford loans for undergraduates over five years.
Follow these steps to make sure you collect all that you deserve.
Follow these steps to make sure you collect all the financial aid you deserve.
From the merely annoying to the budget-busters, here's what to watch out for in travel, banking, credit cards, real estate, investments and more.
When Jessica Barba was deciding where to go to college, she didn't factor how much she'd have to borrow into the equation.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Who doesn't want to be rich? But let's face it, getting rich gets hard very fast if one or more of the following conditions applies:
After July 1, rates on student loans are set to be their highest in six years. But there are steps you can take to limit the damage.
It might be the birth of a child or a new job, but it usually takes some life changing event to prompt a visit to a financial adviser to help plan for what will essentially be an increase or decrease in financial circumstances.
What scares parents most when it comes to the safety of their family? Terrorism? No. Crime? Negative. Violent video games? The environment? Not even close.
If you've borrowed money from Uncle Sam to finance your education or your child's, you might be able to save yourself thousands of dollars.
What scares parents most when it comes to the safety of their family? Terrorism? No. Crime? Negative. Violent video games? The environment? Not even close.
I recently went through a divorce that ate up all of my 401(k) and left me in debt up to my eyeballs. I still own a home, although I have no equity in it, but I recently made the mistake of leasing a truck with insurance and lease payments that are the size of my house mortgage.
Dick Schwartz always knew that C-day--as in college--would come. He and his wife Shari also understood better than most parents exactly how big their son's college bill might be. After all, both ar...
Dick Schwartz always knew that C-day - as in college - would come.
As important as the college acceptance is, the financial aid awards package determines whether a dream school can become a reality.
Tax season is here, your holiday bills have left your wallet deflated, retirement seems like a distant pipedream and on top of it all college costs are going to eat away more of your savings.
College costs are going to hurt more. The government is cutting support for college loans. And in six months, interest rates on the cheapest money students and parents can borrow is going to rise.
Congress cut funding for federal student-loan program on Wednesday, raising the cost of attending college for many future students, according to a published report.
There's retirement to plan for and college tuition for the kids. Insurance. Estate planning. And, oh, don't forget a wedding for your daughter. If all this sounds familiar, it may be time for you to start shopping around for a financial planner.
Most of us would like our paychecks to stretch just a little further every week.
Prepaid tuition plans are nothing new. In fact, it was these plans that paved the way for the tax-friendly 529 savings plans that are now so popular.
Tax-advantaged 529 college savings plans are named after the section of the tax code that governs them. Now offered in every state and the District of Columbia, 529s offer a great deal of flexibility.
As nervous as college freshmen may be, their cash-strapped parents are probably trembling more.
I'm 40 and my husband is 50. We've got about $150,000 tucked away in retirement accounts, another $125,000 in home equity and $20,000 in cash and other investments.
If you are planning college visits with your kids this fall, you are probably anticipating the thrill of strolling across campus together but fearing the financial ramifications of your kid's higher education.
My wife and I, 34 and 38 respectively, are estate managers for a property in Idaho. All our expenses are paid for -- rent, food, car, gas, insurance, etc. -- plus we receive $6,000 per month.
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