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Opinion: Why for-profit colleges may not be for your kids

October 26, 2012

Advertisements touting for-profit universities are everywhere. Schools such as Apollo Group Inc. (APOL)'s University of Phoenix peddle instruction in person and online, promising that students can earn their degrees on their own time, in their...

College tuition, fees way up — but financial aid isn't

October 24, 2012

Tuition and fees at U.S. public universities rose 4.8 percent this year to an average $8,655, as the smallest increase in 12 years still outpaced inflation, a College Board report found. “It's an improvement in a bad story,” said Sandy Baum,...

Consumers stuck in credit quicksand

October 21, 2012

Credit cards used to be a convenience. Now they have become a necessity. According to an online poll conducted last month by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, 22% of more than 1,900 respondents said they wouldn't be able to make...

Fees, investment options sink four 529 plans in rankings

October 21, 2012

High fees and subpar options led Morningstar Inc. to give Section 529 college savings plans from Kansas, Minnesota and Rhode Island negative ratings in its annual audit. The four plans are Kansas' Schwab 529 College Savings Plan, Minnesota's...

10-year-old crafts investment newsletter

October 21, 2012

Most 10-year-olds are concerned with surviving the night in the video game Minecraft without too much damage. Oliver Leopold, however, is thinking about how popular Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s new gaming system, Wii U, will be once it hits stores next...

Fees, investment options sink four college savings plans in Morningstar rankings

October 16, 2012

High fees and subpar options led Morningstar Inc. to give college savings plans from Kansas, Minnesota and Rhode Island negative ratings in its annual audit. The four plans that Morningstar gave a negative rating to are Kansas' Schwab 529 College...

529s star on big screen

October 14, 2012

The College Savings Foundation is using CBS' enormous screen in Times Square to urge Americans to save for their children's college education by funding Section 529 college savings plans. The group's 15-second silent ad-vertisement began running...

Glimmer of hope as tuition hikes slow

October 14, 2012

A little bit of good news for families set on sending their kids to private colleges: Tuition increases are slowing down. Tuition and fees at private colleges and universities rose 3.9% for the current academic year, the lowest annual increase...

Glimmer of hope as college tuition hikes slow

October 9, 2012

A little bit of good news for families set on sending their kids to private colleges: Tuition increases are slowing down. Tuition and fees at private colleges and universities rose 3.9% for the current academic year, the lowest annual increase...

More parents saving for college, but amount socked away is puny

September 30, 2012

The number of parents who have saved at least $5,000 for their children's college years has rebounded since 2009, according to an annual online survey conducted by the College Savings Foundation. About 45% of parents with college-bound children...

Helping ease pain of college debt

September 30, 2012

Nearly one of five U.S. families has outstanding college debt, with the average amount at $27,000 in 2010, up 14% over the previous three years, according to a new Pew Research Center report. For some, the debt load is even higher. About 10%...

OppenheimerFunds seeks to rebuild retirement plan cred

September 27, 2012

OppenheimerFunds is back in the retirement game, but not with target date funds. The asset manager hopes to make waves in the 401(k) space with Class I mutual fund offerings, a slate of 21 funds that run the gamut from developing markets (ODVIX)...

College savings on the rise — but amount still is puny

September 26, 2012

The number of parents who have saved at least $5,000 for their children's college years has rebounded since 2009. But those who don't have a financial adviser are far less likely to have put away that amount, a new survey shows. What's more,...

Bum's rush week? Colleges force freshmen abroad to max revenues

August 24, 2012

U.S. colleges including New York University and Northeastern University are pushing freshmen into study-abroad programs -- before the students even set foot on campus -- to enroll larger classes and get more tuition dollars. NYU and Boston-based...

WinnING team: NYC girls

August 19, 2012

When underprivileged girls are introduced to financial literacy and basic investing principles, the outcome includes some respectable investment returns, but the real value is found in the foundation of a savvier saver, spender and investor....

Playing with money

August 12, 2012

Economics professor Teresa Ghilarducci, an ardent critic of the 401(k) system, created quite a buzz with a recent opinion piece, “Our Ridiculous Approach to Retirement,” in The New York Times. Basing a retirement system on individuals' voluntarily...

Ivies' endowments growing — but schools pruning financial aid anyway

August 9, 2012

Cornell University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are scaling back financial assistance to students, adding to the burden of families already coping with climbing college costs. Cornell, the Ivy League school based in Ithaca, New...

Wealthy relying on income — not 529s — to pay for college

July 31, 2012

Most wealthy parents are failing to use tax-efficient vehicles fully to cover their children's college costs, instead depending on current income and regular savings or investment accounts, a new survey has found. According to a Legg Mason Inc....

Financial aid letter would provide college cost comparison

July 29, 2012

President Barack Obama's administration has asked colleges to begin using a new standard financial aid offer letter in the 2013-14 academic year to help families compare how much each institution costs. The voluntary Financial Aid Shopping Sheet...

Americans failing to claim all education benefits, report says

July 27, 2012

The tax incentives and other programs designed to help with the escalating costs of college are so varied and confusing that many Americans aren't taking full advantage of the benefits, a government report has found. The Government Accountability...

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