Student loans

Student Loans: Good or Bad?

Did you know that the average student loan debt for graduates of the Class of 2014 was approximately $33,000? That’s no small chunk of change, and it has many people wondering if the cost of a college education is starting to outweigh the benefits of earning a degree. Personally, I still believe that it’s well worth the time, effort, and cost — if people make smart decisions and follow a few simple rules. Like any investment, students need to look at the big picture, factoring in cost and return before taking out any student loans. Unfortunately, far too many students wind up with buyer’s remorse because they failed to think about the long-term effects of taking on too much debt. For a great checklist of things students should consider before signing on the dotted line, head over to and check out its latest blog post, “Student Loans:Friend or Foe?

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Not All Student Loans Are Created Equal

It’s not very often that I get excited about student loans. In fact, I spend most of my time helping students find ways to avoid them, if at all possible.  But sometimes, scholarships just aren’t enough to cover all your college expenses. Even if you’ve completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and exhausted all your federal loan options, your dream school may still be out of reach. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t take out a private student loan until you take a look at the new program being offered by Discover Student Loans. Whether you’re enrolling in an undergraduate or graduate program, pursuing a health professions degree or going to law school, here are some reasons the Discover Student Loan Program is worth a look.

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4 Tips That Could Help You Graduate Nearly Debt-Free!

Garduate Debt-Free As you may have heard, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently announced that student loan debt has now surpassed the trillion dollar mark. Just last year, students borrowed over $117 billion in federal student loans and we are on track to match or pass that mark again this year; the numbers are sobering.  With the economy still struggling and graduates continuing to have difficulty in finding employment, it’s simply not feasible for students to continue this trend without serious financial ramifications for everyone. But, is it possible to graduate debt-free and reverse this trend? Continue Reading…


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