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5 Types of Insurance Your College Student May Need
If you have teenagers, you’re likely very in touch with the adage, “One day you’re changing diapers, and the next you’re sending them off to college.” One of the results of that compressed passage of time...Read More
5 Ways to Teach Kids How to Save at Home
Tips to Help You Reduce Debt and Pay It Off for Good
One of the greatest contributors to financial stress is debt. If you're having a tough time financially, it can feel isolating, but the truth is 80 percent of Americans have consumer debt.Read More
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Tap into Free FAFSA Money for College
Each year there are billions of dollars in federal financial aid available from the U.S. Department of Education in the form of grants, loans and work-study funds. Current college or prospective students that fill out the Free...Read More
Investing 101: a Primer for Beginners
Many of us have heard the term “investments” used in many ways - and it’s a concept most of us are familiar with to some degree. But unless you’ve really taken an interest in the markets or set aside time to...Read More
Understanding the Hidden Costs of College
When considering planning for higher education, you might be surprised to discover that college tuition and fees are not necessarily the largest associated costs. As students begin this next phase of life, taking a look at the...Read More
Discussing Costs With Your College-Bound Teen
The first week of college is a time of excitement for recent high school graduates. They want to see and do everything without the ball and chain that is their parents. Doing everything is likely to cost money. So then, the first week...Read More
What Can You Buy With 529 Distributions?
The biggest challenge for students and parents when planning for education are the financial costs; including tuition and academic expenses. It’s not just for college anymore – added to the tuition eligibility are K-12,...Read More
Retirement vs. Funding Your Children's College Education
As many parents start ramping up their retirement planning efforts, their kids are also preparing for an important next step in life: higher education. It may seem overwhelming to manage both at once, but it’s important to face...Read More
Using 529 Plans to Pay for Private K-12 Expenses
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act introduced legislation that could be beneficial to those who currently have 529 plans in place to pay for college.1 Under the new law, up to $10,000 of 529 plan assets can now be withdrawn for K-12 tuition...Read More
[Infographic] Diapers to Diplomas: Planning for Your Children’s Education
[Infographic] 529 Plan Basics
Finances for Freshmen: How to Prepare Your Kids for Financial Responsibility When Entering College
Emotions often run high the day any parent drops their child off at college for the first time. It’s an important moment for families and one that symbolizes the start of a child’s independence. But as a parent, grandparent...Read More
[Infographic] 4 Common Types of Mortgages Every First-Time Homebuyer Should Know About