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The college admissions scandal and the unwarranted reputation of top-tier schools

March 15, 2019

The college cheating scandal reawakened a slow-burning anger I've battled for years. I was lucky. I grew up in a household with two parents who loved me. Neither were high school graduates. When my father got out of the Navy at the age of 38,...

Former Pimco CEO charged in college admissions bribery scheme

March 12, 2019

Former chief executive of Pacific Investment Management Co. Douglas Hodge was one of dozens charged Tuesday in criminal conspiracy to help win admission to elite universities. According to an indictment filed by federal prosecutors, Mr. Hodge...

Congress takes on 529s, targets student debt

March 9, 2019

While the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. examines whether brokers are recommending 529 plans that are too expensive, Congress wants to enhance the savings vehicles. A series of bills, supported mostly by Republicans, would allow...

Advisers see college admissions scandal as tip of the iceberg

March 13, 2019

The college admissions scandal in which dozens of wealthy parents are accused of various forms of cheating and bribery to get their children into elite universities is generally viewed as outrageous but not surprising by the financial planning...

Finra extends deadline for brokerages to self-report costly 529 plans

March 6, 2019

Finra has extended the deadline on its initiative to identify problems with sales of high-fee 529 college savings accounts. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. launched a program in January targeting the recommendations of certain...

529 plan costs: Advisers, broker-dealers brace for Finra crackdown

March 9, 2019

Finra is primed to start​ flexing its muscles against broker-dealers that allow their advisers to sell high-cost college savings plans. But rather than plowing ahead with penalties, the regulator is offering clemency to encourage reform. Will...

Financial literacy: An epic fail in America

March 2, 2019

For as long as he can remember, Zachary Beneda dreamed of joining the Air Force.

Finra's 529 push targets use of high-fee share classes

January 29, 2019

Brokers who gin up costs by favoring more expensive mutual fund share classes when selling 529 plans are at the heart of the ongoing concerns the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has had about the plans, according to brokerage executives....

Finra initiative cracks down on firms recommending costly 529 share classes

January 28, 2019

Finra launched an effort Monday to crack down on brokerages selling educational savings accounts that are too expensive for the clients investing in them. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. is targeting suitability violations centered...

Education Planning: A Look at the Numbers

September 1, 2018

According to the College Board's pricing trends for the 2017–2018 academic year (the latest data available), the cost at both public and private universities is continuing to rise: Public colleges. Tuition and fees at public four-year colleges...

10 popular foreign universities for U.S. students

September 8, 2017

These are among the most popular international schools for American students. The prices reflect how much U.S. residents could expect to pay in annual tuition for most undergraduate degree programs, according to each school’s estimate published...

Financial planning software lets advisers tackle student loan repayment

August 8, 2018

The market for financial planning software is already loaded with heavyweights like eMoney Adviser, MoneyGuidePro and Advicent's NaviPlan, but a newcomer is hoping to get a piece of the pie by building new features that can't be found among...

Variety of tax benefits help offset the cost of college

July 17, 2018

Recent high school graduates may still be basking in the glow of their achievement, but their parents have likely moved on to thoughts of their child's next phase of education. And while they will be excited for their children to take their...

Student loan rates contribute to increased college burden

July 24, 2018

Rising student loan interest rates will make college degrees even more expensive for Americans who begin taking out new loans starting this month. As of July 1, undergraduate federal Stafford student loan interest rates increased for the second...

New ways to pay for college

June 23, 2018

Everything was going according to plan, at first. Rosemary was investing in a diversified portfolio and saving for retirement. Over several years her adviser helped her negotiate pay raises, buy a home and pay for her dream wedding. In just...

Biggest factors impacting what clients pay for college

August 14, 2015

It is not just the sticker price of a college that determines what the overall cost will be for a client's child. Merit and need-based financial aid can lower the cost, but interest on loans and the ever present Tax Man can drive the cost up...

The season of giving is the perfect time for 529 college savings plans

December 2, 2014

What better holiday present to offer future generations than the gift of higher education? With the holidays approaching, and as financial advisers begin working on end-of-year planning with their clients, now is the absolute best time for them...

The latest 529 college savings plan data

September 6, 2015

Americans continue to save for steep college costs through tax-advantaged Section 529 savings plans. Virginia's CollegeAmerica plan, an adviser-sold program managed by merican Funds, remains the nation's largest with nearly $50 billion in assets....

States with the best-performing 529s - 12. Alaska

July 12, 2013

Plan T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan Percentile* 42.69 (Source: Savingforcollege.com) (* One-year performance. Ranking base on comparison of the reported investment performance of a subset of portfolios from each 529 savings plan. The lower...

7 high-growth jobs — and no degree required - 7. Bookkeeper

July 10, 2013

Projected increase in jobs by 2020 14% Median annual salary $39,022 Projected 2020 salary $47,992 (Source: Salary.com. Projections based on data from Salary.com and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.)

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