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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...

As 5/29 approaches, Americans clueless about 529s

May 25, 2012

It's only few days away from May 29, when the nation recognizes 529 Day, and it turns out that most Americans don't even know what the numerically named college savings plan is. According to new survey results, about 62% of the 1,006 people...

Parental alert: Your debt-laden child is eyeing your basement

May 24, 2012

More than a third of Americans owe at least $1,000 from their college years and about 17% have at least $10,000 to repay from student loans or other borrowing they took on while pursuing a college education. And a great many are planning on...

College the next housing meltdown: Mark Cuban

May 15, 2012

Colleges and universities are due for a meltdown as students are increasingly saddled with debt they can't repay, according to Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the HDNet cable-television channel. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of...

Major matters: Not all college degrees created equal

May 15, 2012

Accounting student Anne Rose will already have a job waiting when she receives her degree next week. Psychology major Echo Presgraves, another member of the Class of 2012, won't be so fortunate. Rose, 22, credits her choice of major as paving...

Largest 529 sponsor drops fees — and changes investment manager

May 10, 2012

New York's two college savings programs reduced fees for investors under new contracts that started this week. The Vanguard Group Inc. cut expenses by a third for savers in the $11 billion direct plan. Meanwhile, J.P. Morgan Asset Management...

Student loan rates about to double?

May 8, 2012

Republican senators Tuesday blocked further discussion of a Democratic proposal to extend the 3.4% federal student loan rate for another year. If Congress does not act soon, the rate that more than 7 million college students pay for new Stafford...

Money-related stress leads to depression: Study

May 6, 2012

Could financial education be as important to good health as regular exercise and a proper diet? Just possibly, says David Ballard, head of the American Psychological Association's healthy-workplace program. A recent report by the APA found that...

More colleges adding financial planner programs

April 29, 2012

The growth in the number of colleges that offer financial planning as a major is giving financial advisers who are looking for new hires a lot to cheer about. The number of colleges that have registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board...

House extends 3.4% student loan rate, but Dems won't support how

April 27, 2012

A bill approved by the House of Representatives on Friday would keep the federal Stafford student loan rate at 3.4% for 12 more months instead of allowing it to double for new loans July 1. Support for extending the lower rate is strong among...

How students can pay off their $1T in loans

April 27, 2012

If your child is one of the 1.5 million high school students eagerly awaiting acceptance letters from colleges this month, he or she is probably entertaining dreams of high scholarship, intellectual ferment, new friends, raging keggers. You...

When financial aid isn't

April 24, 2012

Susan Romano read her son Zach's financial-aid letter from Drexel University, and her eyes jumped to the line highlighted in yellow: “$13,442 expected payment” for the first year at the $63,000-a-year school. “At first, I thought it was...

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