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How I’m Making it Work As a Single Mother in College

by Cara Cortez April 15, 2014

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Going back to college at age 25 last year wasn’t an easy decision for me. I went to college at age 18, but took a break to work and earn a living. When I was 20, I became pregnant with my boyfriend’s child. As hard as we tried, the relationship didn’t work out, and we […]

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Graduate School: What It Really Costs to Go Back to School

by Ilana Nutkis April 14, 2014

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So you’re thinking about going back to school. Besides tuition costs, what should you budget for? I left my post-college career for law school three years ago, and along the way, gained an unexpected education on the costs they don’t mention in the brochure. If You’re Thinking About Graduate School… Before you even enter the […]

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IT Manager By Day, Movie Theater Cashier By Night: How One GoGirl is Paying Down $90k in Student Loans

by Erika Torres April 6, 2014

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This is the second installment in the GoGirl Finance series called “The Side Hustle,” showcasing different ways people make money in addition to their day jobs in order to pay down debt or save money. Read our first post in the series: How to Become a Mystery Shopper. Have a side hustle? Share your story […]

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How Four Families Plan to Pay for College

by Melissa Batai April 1, 2014

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Do you have a plan to pay for your child’s education?  If not, you may be feeling a bit panicked.  After all, a college degree these days is as essential as a high school diploma used to be 40 years ago. Yet, without a plan, you may wonder how your child will ever be able […]

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Paying Off $80k of Student Loan Debt on a $30k Salary: How I’m Doing It

by Melanie Debt March 6, 2014

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When I was 17, I signed papers that solidified my relationship with student loans, but I didn’t really know what kind of relationship it would be. For the last seven years, I’ve been diligently paying back my student loans. In that time, I also went to graduate school and accumulated more debt at an even […]

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Is The Prepaid College 529 Plan Worth It?

by Sarah Chang September 26, 2013

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If you have children, you’re most likely thinking (or sweating) about the prospective cost of a college education. And by the time most of us are ready to start sending our kids, it will be even more expensive. So what if you were able to lock in today’s rates? Pretty appealing, right? The 529 Prepaid […]

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Money Confession: I’ve Barely Started Saving for College

by Sarah Chang September 11, 2013

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Last January my husband and I welcomed our second daughter into the world. Shortly afterwards we opened up a New York State 529 Savings Plan for each girl, and made our first contributions (money they received over the Chinese New Year). Since then, the accounts have sat largely idle. We’ve certainly talked about contributing more, […]

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Understand the FAFSA: Improve Your Child’s Chance of Getting Financial Aid for College

by Guest January 30, 2013

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Today’s post comes from the Aristotle Foundation and gives tips on how to understand the FAFSA and improve your child’s change of getting financial aid for college. You can improve your child’s chance of getting financial aid for college by understanding the Expected Family Contribution. The Expected Family Contribution, or EFC, is a number that […]

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Recent College Graduates and the Economy: Are they really alright?

by Catherine Alford January 4, 2013

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Recently, New York Magazine published an article by Noreen Malone entitled “The Kids Are Actually Sort of Alright.” Although I was already acutely aware of the troubling times that recent graduates are facing, this article provided some astonishing numbers. Malone explains that almost 14% of college graduates from 2006-2010 are unemployed. Only 55.3% of people […]

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Jacquette Timmons’ Student Loan Webinar: A Review

by Catherine Alford January 2, 2013

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A few weeks ago, I worked with the staff at GoGirl Finance and asked them to create a customized webinar to discuss medical school loans. It’s a topic that’s frequently mentioned in the medical community, and yet so little information is available on ways to pay back such huge sums. Caryn Effron and Sarah Chang […]

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How to Become a Successful Young Entrepreneur: University Parent Founder Sarah Schupp Shares Her Tips

by Erika Torres September 28, 2012

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As a student at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Sarah Schupp, now 30, was dissatisfied with the resources available to help her parents navigate her college town. Even though she had no business background, she approached her school administrators and proposed creating a guide for parents visiting their campus-bound children. University Parent, the company […]

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Earn Your Future: Money 101 for Your Children

by Kat McCue September 12, 2012

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One of the keys to building a solid financial foundation is as simple as a mantra: “Start early.” It’s a theme that’s appears time and again when it comes to investing, saving, and establishing healthy financial habits. Chances are, though, that you had never encountered a personal finance class over the course of your education–even all […]

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Understanding Politics: How Republicans and Democrats Differ on Managing the Economy

by Jordana Stein August 29, 2012

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As the presidential race draws nearer, you hear a lot of talking heads spouting off about the health of the economy. But don’t let their spinning statistics make your head twirl. Here’s your guide on understanding the recession and the basic difference between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to the economy. How Politics is […]

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Applying To The Student Loan Forgiveness Program: 5 Simple Steps

by Jordana Stein July 23, 2012

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Perhaps after you hit the books, you hope to work in politics, or teach young children, or direct a non-profit. We applaud your good intentions, but understand that mounting tuition bills and student debt can make you feel like no good deed goes unpunished. It’s not fair that people who have a passion for public […]

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A Trusted Expert Answers Your Questions on 529 College Savings Plans

by Kent Smetters February 3, 2012

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If I don’t want to take part in a 529 college savings plan, what are some of my other options? A 529 plan is an education savings plan into which you make deposits from your after-tax money but your assets grow tax free. It is very much like a Roth IRA, but for education savings […]

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The Big Secret To Saving For College

by Jacoba Urist October 31, 2011

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Almost every parent I interview—whether they’re five months pregnant or have a fifth-grader at home— says college is their biggest financial planning worry. And for good reason: in 18 years, you’re looking at over $200,000 to send your kid to a state school and over $400,000 for most private four-year universities. Where ever your child […]

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Tales from a Modern Girl: Setting up a Retirement Fund

by Kat McCue March 2, 2011

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Tales from a Modern Girl is a GoGirl original series chronicling real-life experiences inspired by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar’s book, On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance. It seems incongruous to me to be filling out a Roth IRA Account application form while it seems as if the ink on […]

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Welcome to the Real World: I’m Here…Now What?

by Samantha Steinberger February 25, 2011

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In my last post—an update from Day 5—I mentioned that LearnVest’s Bootcamp had provided me with a great rundown of the stock exchange, bonds, index funds… the list of arcane concepts was endless. Although I’m not quite a financial whiz, after just a few lessons with the Bootcamp, I’m already starting to feel more confident […]

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