Education / Financing Education

  • New ways to pay down your student loan debt

      

    Student loan debt is now nearly $1 trillion collectively for borrowers in the United States. Yet there could be help on the horizon if you have federal student loan debt. Here's a new way to pay...

  • Student Loan Guide

      

    Do you need to borrow to fund college education for yourself or your child? I wrote this guide to tell you about my Clark Smart approach to student loans. If you already have student loans,...

  • Best 529 Plans To Help Pay for College

      

    A 529 Plan is the best way to save for your kid's college. 529 plans -- aka college-savings plans -- allow you, a relative or a friend to put money aside as an investment for a child's...

  • 6 Ways You Can Reduce Costs for College

      

    It’s no secret: college costs are on the rise and making it more and more difficult for many students to receive their higher education. In 2014, college costs once again outstripped...

  • Credit card that helps pay your college costs

      

    Paying for kid’s college can be a brutally difficult thing. But there's a way that you can get money for your kids college without any real heavy lifting. It's a service called...

  • Credit card that helps pay your college costs

      

    Saving for your child's college education can seem daunting. This credit card can help cut down on some of the cost.

  • College education without big bills

      

    There are significant monetary and educational advantages with community college--even if you want to graduate from a big university in the end. Clark explains.

  • MAJOR UPDATE -- No Taxes on 529 Plans!

      

    UPDATE: One week after the idea of taxing 529 plans was proposed in President Obama's State of the Union address, the White House has pulled the plug on this controversial idea after...

  • Clark's guide to saving for college

      

    Saving for your child’s college education can also save you on your tax return. Which types of plans you should look for, and which ones to stay away from.

  • A simple strategy to control student loan debt

      

    Student loan debt is having a big impact on the housing market and slowing economic recovery. Here's a strategy to keep your student loan debt manageable.

  • Private Student Loan Lenders Get Flexible With Repayment

      

    Two of the biggest private student loan lenders are getting more flexible with borrowers in distress. Wells Fargo and Discover are both starting to work with borrowers who have had life...

  • Reducing College Expenses With a 3-Year Degree

      

    When we think of college, we typically think of a traditional 4-year experience or even longer. But by cramming an education into 3 years, you can actually save a bundle by eliminating the cost of...

  • Military Warned To Stay Away From For-Profit Colleges

      

    Military personnel seeking a college education after they serve their country are getting ripped off by recruiters at for-profits colleges. While there are new rules in place to protect them, I'm...

  • Save Money on Your College Degree

      

    Getting a college degree doesn't have to break the bank. Here's a new way for you to cut the cost in half and still get the degree you want from a traditional 4-year college.First off though,...

  • Avoid this hidden pitfall in a 529 plan

      

    Grandparents who think they're doing a grandchild a favor by saving for their college in a 529 plan could actually be hurting the child's future financial aid. Here's a tip to avoid this gotcha!