College Planning/529 Plans

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The Higher Costs For Higher Education

Interest in college savings plans is growing, but fewer advisors are selling them.

Opinion: End U.S. Student Loans, Don't Make Them Cheaper

Federal financial aid programs are based on two erroneous premises: that almost everyone needs higher education for vocational success, and that they reduce student costs.

Barclays Wins Business That Benefits 529 Plan Savers

Student lender Sallie Mae has chosen Barclays Plc. for its college-savings program, which helps families save for educaton costs with credit-card rewards.

Grandparents Pitching In For Grandchildren's College Costs


Escalating college costs have prompted grandparents to get into the college savings act, supplementing-and in some cases paying the lion's share-of their grandchildren's college savings plan, say...

Students Pay Rates as High as Credit Cards on Loans

Private loans from at least 30 banks and other private lenders feature mostly variable rates that can be more than twice those in the federal student-loan program.

Advisor Emporium

TD Ameritrade Institutional Launches Thinkpipes Platform TD Ameritrade Institutional has launched a platform called Thinkpipes for independent registered investment...

Few Consumers Can Identify A 529 College Saving Plan


A new Edward Jones survey says 60% of Americans don't know what a 529 plan is.

Proposals Aimed At Making College Financial Aid Offers Less Confusing

Standardization is being proposed for college financial aid offers, which are difficult to compare and don't include interest rates and total payments on loans.

House Votes To Avert Doubling Of Student Interest Rates

The House passed legislation to prevent the U.S...

JPMorgan Restricts New Student Lending To Bank Customers

JPMorgan Chase & Co., the largest U.S. bank, will stop providing private student loans to people who aren't customers of the company beginning July 1.

Advisors Question Prepaid College Plans


It sounded like a marvelous deal when prepaid state tuition plans first rolled out: Pay for your child's college tuition now at a particular school at a fraction of what the actual cost will be...

Republicans Call For Congressional Probe Of Student-Loan Program

House and Senate Republicans asked Congress's investigative arm to examine the U.S...

Obama Relies On Debt Collectors Profiting From Student Loan Woe

With $67 billion of student loans in default, more than double the amount in 2003, the Education Department is turning to an army of private debt-collection companies to put the squeeze on...

Student Borrowers Lack Understanding Of Loan Terms, Study Shows

Almost two-thirds of U.S. student-loan borrowers misunderstood or were surprised by aspects of their loans or the student-loan process, a study shows.

Retirement Shortfall Risk Making College Saving Tougher, Even For Affluent


Financial advisors are helping affluent families confront a financial quandary that most families didn't face 30 or 40 years ago: How to plan for both their retirement and their children's...

Student Loans Near $1 Trillion Hurting Young Buyers

As outstanding student debt approaches $1 trillion, it's one more reason record-low interest rates aren't doing more to boost housing.

Women View Saving As A Twofold Purpose, Survey Says


While women across generations are eager to provide financial support to family members, they're placing a stronger emphasis on self-reliance, according to a new MetLife Mature Market Institute...

College Debt Looms Over Economy And Students


The number of former students who are defaulting on student loans and the size of the loans has the potential to adversely impact the entire U.S...

College Savings Plans Growing


Tax beneficial 529 plans have the potential to become the vehicle for college savings that 401(k) plans have become for retirement, says Tiburon Research.

College Crunch

by Jerilyn Klein Bier

Families scrambling to pay for college could use your guidance-even if they haven't asked.

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