financial aid

Why to Ditch Out On Early-Decision College Agreements

More parents are realizing they don't need to ruin themselves financially for their children's education. But what if you have that epiphany after your kid has applied to her first-choice school early decision? If they accept her, she's committed, right? Wrong. You can -- and should -- break the contract.

Are Student Credit Cards Really That Big of a Deal?

card companies, leading some to wonder if college students are being exploited by the industry. But here are the real numbers: The average college student graduates with about $4,100 in credit card debt, and $24,000 in student loans. Which is the bigger problem?

Public Colleges Lead to Much Lower Student Loan Debt

There's data out there showing that, on average, private college graduates don't graduate with that much more debt than public college graduates. But the rosy numbers don't tell the whole story, and what they leave out is costing students and their families tens of thousands of dollars.

Yes, College Without Loans Is Possible

If you pick an affordable school, live within your means and work during college, college without loans, scholarships or tapping into personal savings is within reach.

Want to Go to College in New York City? Be Ready to Pay

A lot of high school students dream of going to college in New York City, and who can blame them? The problem is you'll most likely pay dearly for the privilege. And chances are you may take an awfully long time to recoup that investment.

Why You Should Pay for College Without Financial Aid

A $15,000-a-year state college and a private one with much higher fees that are reduced to $15,000 by financial aid and scholarships -- paying for either is the same, right? Wrong! Find out why the cheaper option will save you many money headaches.

The problem with streamlining FAFSA

There has been a fair amount of complaining about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the government-administered form the...