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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...

Compare and contrast: New financial aid letter reveals costs of different colleges

July 24, 2012

President Barack Obama's administration has asked colleges to begin using a new standard financial aid offer letter next school year to help families compare how much each institution actually costs. The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet, if voluntarily...

Seeking creative ways to pay high college costs

July 22, 2012

Parents are fed up with the escalating cost of college, and even some who can afford to pay are balking at the price tag. “I have clients who went to Ivy League schools themselves who believe it's just not worth it to make the financial trade-offs...

CFPB says students victimized by 'subprime-style' lending

July 20, 2012

Students grew indebted and went into default at the hands of a “subprime-style” private loan market that contracted amid the 2008 financial crisis, a U.S. government report issued today concluded. “Our findings reveal that students were...

Alabamans in prepaid college plan may have to settle for less

July 13, 2012

Investors in Alabama's prepaid college plan are a step closer to an agreement with the state that would cap the amount those students receive at an amount less than the full tuition they were promised when they signed up for the contracts. The...

Financial literacy in focus as industry awaits SEC study

July 8, 2012

The Securities and Exchange Commission will weigh in soon on the state of financial literacy, highlighting a topic that is near and dear to advisers' hearts. Under the Dodd-Frank law, the SEC must submit a report to Congress by July 21 outlining...

Clients dawdling in saving for college? This should straighten them out

July 5, 2012

A new online tool could help financial advisers educate clients about the perils of putting off saving for college. The virtual calculator, devised by Learning Quest — which runs the Kansas Section 529 college savings plans — is called the...

House Republicans to pitch one-year student loan rate fix

June 27, 2012

U.S. House Republican leaders plan to combine a multiyear highway bill with a one-year freeze for government subsidized student loan rates, Speaker John Boehner told reporters today. “We are moving, I think, towards an agreement on a transportation...

529 savings plans for lower ed proposed

June 25, 2012

Federal legislation has been proposed that would allow a popular college savings program to be expanded to cover the education costs of children attending kindergarten through high school. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-N.Y., introduced a measure...

How much does it cost to raise a kid? $235K — not including college

June 14, 2012

A middle-income family may spend $234,900 to raise a child born in 2011 to the age of 18, a 3.5 percent increase in a year, according to a government report. Expenses for child care and education, transportation and food represented the biggest...

Pershing platform offers 529s

June 10, 2012

America's largest clearing firm is making it easier for financial advisers to open and manage Section 529 college savings plans. Pershing LLC said last week that advisers will be able to use its platform for 529 plans in the same way that they...

Advisers giving it the old college try in plugging 529s

June 6, 2012

New numbers suggest that advisers increasingly are helping investors save more for college. The average size of new college savings plans set up by advisers for their clients is on the rise. In contrast, the average new-account size of direct-sold...

College kids paying credit card rates for private student loans

June 5, 2012

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) charges Mirella Tovar as much as 10.25 percent annual interest on her student loans -- a rate as high as a credit card. The 24-year-old aspiring graphic designer, the first in her family to go to college, is among...

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