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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...

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 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...

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%...

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...

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...

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...

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