Student finances

FILE- This Jan. 8, 2015, file photo shows a row of chairs with the "Pitt" logo, for the University of Pittsburgh before an NCAA college basketball game in Pittsburgh. The University of Pittsburgh is offering graduating seniors up to $5,000 in federal student loan relief with one request: They pay it forward. The school’s new program, Panthers Forward, will help recent graduates chip away at student debt and introduce them to alumni mentors to encourage professional development. Students have no obligation to repay the gift, but the university is encouraging recipients to make financial contributions to sustain the program. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
January 17, 2019 - 9:57 am
With collective U.S. student loan debt nearing $1.5 trillion, some colleges are testing innovative solutions to help reduce student borrowing. Using no-strings-attached student loan payoff-assistance programs, college loan alternatives and annual student debt letters, these three universities are...
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 19, 2018, file photo, former New York City Mayor and United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael Bloomberg speaks at World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, in Washington. Bloomberg is donating $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. Bloomberg and the Baltimore university said Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, that the gift is the largest ever to any education institution in the U.S. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
November 18, 2018 - 5:09 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. Bloomberg and the Baltimore university said Sunday that the gift is the largest ever to any education institution in the U.S. University President Ronald Daniels is calling...
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This September 2018 photo provided by Nerdwallet, Urban Adams and his daughter pose for a photo in Canton, N.Y. Sofie considered several schools before taking an academic scholarship and an offer to play this fall for St. Lawrence University, a 2,500-student private college in upstate New York with a study abroad program. (Urban Adams/NerdWallet via AP)
November 15, 2018 - 10:06 am
A four-year journey to decide where to go to college ended for Sofie Adams when a college recruiter approached her after a softball game and asked, "Do you want to study abroad?" "No one else had asked me that, and yes — I really do want to get overseas," says Adams, 18, who considered several...
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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)
October 08, 2018 - 10:23 am
If college tuition bills are looming and you don't have nearly enough saved, you have plenty of company. But you also have options for making it more affordable. Four out of 10 families who hope to send kids to college aren't saving for that goal, according to student loan company Sallie Mae. Among...
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FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo people walk on the Penn State University main campus in State College, Pa. Your college major could make a big difference in lifetime earnings: The disparity between the lowest- and highest-paying majors is $3.4 million, according to a 2015 report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
September 06, 2018 - 10:16 am
Dan Brandt still has $32,000 in student loan debt, after earning his bachelor's degree in marketing, but he's not worried about paying it back. That's because Brandt chose a major and a career with that debt in mind. "Money is a big deal for a 17-year-old kid that has nothing," says Brandt, who...
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2017, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at George Mason University Arlington, Va., campus. Complaints and lawsuits lodged against for-profit colleges are unfolding as DeVos engineers a seismic shift in the regulatory landscape that stands to benefit the multibillion-dollar industry. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
August 24, 2018 - 7:30 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawsuit against Ashford University describes an admissions office with a cutthroat sales culture more akin to a used-car lot than a place of higher learning, peddling "false promises and faulty information" to lure students eligible for federal financial aid. Sound familiar? The...
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FILE - This April 2017 file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Brianna McGurran, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. "Ask Brianna" is a Q&A column for 20-somethings, or anyone else starting out. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
August 23, 2018 - 10:53 am
Sure, your college may allow students to pay for tuition and fees with a credit card. But, like partying the night before a midterm, it's probably not a good idea. Paying for anything with plastic requires a plan to get rid of your balance fast. That keeps interest charges from piling up. Plus,...
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August 22, 2018 - 12:16 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. is offering to pay full tuition for hourly workers who want to earn a college degree, finish a high school diploma or learn a new skill, the entertainment giant said Wednesday. As many as 80,000 hourly workers in the United States could be eligible for the...
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July 25, 2018 - 11:55 am
The Trump administration is proposing new rules that could make it harder for students to get their loans erased in cases of fraud. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the proposal Wednesday after months of negotiations to replace Obama-era rules. Her proposal would allow students to get...
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