Student finances

FILE - In this May 3, 2017, file photo Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a school choice event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Education advocates say a Trump administration plan to use federal Pell Grant money to fund space exploration would jeopardize aid for future college students and could trigger a budgeting crisis within a few years. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
May 14, 2019 - 6:42 pm
Education advocates say a Trump administration plan to use federal Pell Grant money to fund space exploration would jeopardize aid for future college students and could trigger a budgeting crisis within just a few years. The plan aims to redirect $1.9 billion from a Pell Grant surplus to jumpstart...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 10, 2019, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies before the House Education and Labor Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. A political battle is reheating over a federal program that was designed to cancel student loans for certain public workers but has largely failed to deliver that promise. The program, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, promises to erase federal student loans for public workers who make 10 years of payments while working for approved employers. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
April 29, 2019 - 5:57 am
In 2007, the U.S. government made a promise to public service workers: Make 10 years of payments on their federal student loans and any remaining debt would be erased. But officials have largely failed to deliver. And that's left lawmakers questioning whether to end the program or try to fix it...
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FILE- In this March 14, 2019, file photo students walk on the Stanford University campus in Santa Clara, Calif. Before student loans, people who couldn’t afford to go to college usually didn’t. Even though tuition was cheaper, it was still cost-prohibitive for many, who turned to solutions such as working through school, getting help from their parents or finding scholarships. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
April 04, 2019 - 11:38 am
College tuition was less than what today's students pay for textbooks when Caron and Jack Knopoff attended Chicago's Wright Junior College in the mid-1960s. Tuition at what is now Wilbur Wright College was $24 per credit hour, Caron Knopoff says. To cover this cost, the couple, who were dating at...
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In this Sunday, March 24, 2019 photo a passer-by walks on a pedestrian walkway, in Boston's Seaport district. At the end of 2018, 18- to 29-year-olds carried over $1 trillion in debt, according to the Federal Reserve. That’s the highest level since 2007. “Understanding your options and making a plan is imperative,” says Billy Hensley, CEO of the National Endowment for Financial Education. “Anyone doing that is going in the right direction.” (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
March 26, 2019 - 9:05 am
The saying that debt is easy to get into and hard to get out of hits home for younger Americans: At the end of 2018, 18- to 29-year-olds carried over $1 trillion in debt, according to the Federal Reserve. That's the highest level since 2007. "Understanding your options and making a plan is...
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Foto de abril del 2017 de la columnista de NerdWallet Liz Weston suministrada por esa firma. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
March 11, 2019 - 10:58 am
Millions of Americans get their health insurance and retirement accounts through their employers. Now some are getting help with their debt. Companies including insurer Aetna and accounting firm PwC help employees pay down student loans. Others partner with startups to offer debt solutions as an...
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FILE - In this May 10, 2018, file photo, students walk past Sather Gate on the University of California at Berkeley campus in Berkeley, Calif. Choosing a college based on price can save you from overwhelming student debt, give your parents a break and increase the likelihood of a return on investment in your education. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, file)
February 28, 2019 - 1:40 pm
Many prospective students choose a college for its location, its reputation or even its campus vibe. Here are three reasons to choose a college based on price. YOU CAN AVOID HIGH STUDENT DEBT If you pick an affordable college, you're less likely to be burdened with high debt. Borrowing less now...
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FILE- In this June 15, 2018, file photo, twenty dollar bills are counted in North Andover, Mass. Default on your federal student loans and the government can take up to 15 percent of each paycheck to satisfy your debt. The Education Department can also withhold federal benefits like tax returns and Social Security payments. Garnishment is an effective tool to recoup unpaid loans, private collection agencies enlisted by the Education Department took in over $841.6 million via wage garnishment in the 2018 fiscal year, but it inflicts serious financial strain on borrowers who are already struggling. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
February 05, 2019 - 9:14 am
There's a dirty little secret of the student debt crisis. One that affects millions of borrowers, but isn't talked about at dinner tables, on social media or in think pieces about student loans. The taboo topic is wage garnishment and it works like this: Default on your federal student loans and...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2018, file photo, new graduates walk into the High Point Solutions Stadium before the start of the Rutgers University graduation ceremony in Piscataway Township, N.J. A growing number of colleges and universities are postponing tuition deadlines, waiving late fees and providing emergency grants to students whose finances have been tied up by the longest government shutdown in history. Among the latest to advertise help are Brown University, Rutgers University and the State University of New York system. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
January 25, 2019 - 12:44 am
A growing number of colleges and universities are postponing tuition payments and offering grants to students whose finances have been tied up by the government shutdown. Statewide college systems in New York, Connecticut and Nevada have agreed to delay payments for affected students. At least 20...
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Anthony Spencer, whose wife, Chastity, right, is a furloughed federal worker, holds his daughter, Sydney, as they wait in line with others who are affected by the partial government shutdown for Philabundance volunteers to distribute food under Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
January 24, 2019 - 1:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — At this time of year, John Sprinkle and his wife would normally be planning their summer vacation. Not now. Sprinkle, a furloughed federal employee, is about to miss his second paycheck since the partial government shutdown began just before Christmas. With no end in sight to the...
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FILE - This April 2017 file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
January 23, 2019 - 8:39 am
Tyler Luker of Plano, Texas, is a high school junior who already knows which college he wants to attend (University of Missouri), how much it costs ($43,300 for out-of-state residents) and how much he can expect his single mother to contribute: nothing. "That's protecting my retirement," says...
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