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Win $10,000 for Tuition or a $500 Gift Card

by Luke Landes

Upromise is sponsoring a contest in honor of Financial Literacy Month. There are two grand prizes of $10,000, cash that can be used for higher education expenses. We touched on the topic of the cost of education on yesterday’s podcast with financial columnist Kara McGuire. I have no children, but thinking about potential children’s projected ... Continue reading this article…

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The American Opportunity Tax Credit

by Luke Landes

Last week I offered some last-minute tax filing tips, and the IRS deadline is looming. I’m happy to tackle tax questions, and Consumerism Commentary reader Eric has one. Eric was a full-time student through May 2009, and he, like many former students, is dealing with the cost of a college education. Eric is looking for ... Continue reading this article…

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The College Education Bubble

by Investor Junkie

This is a guest article by Investor Junkie, a blogger who writes about investing and being an entrepreneur. In the past 10 years we’ve had many financial bubbles. First it was the tech bubble, and then it was the housing bubble. But do we have a higher education bubble? Having a web site named Investor ... Continue reading this article…

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Is a College Degree Worth the Investment?

by Debbie

Over the next couple of weeks, six finalists will be auditioning for the opening of “staff writer” at Consumerism Commentary. Each will be providing two guest articles to share with readers. After the six writers have shared their guest articles, readers will have an opportunity to provide feedback before we select the staff writer. This ... Continue reading this article…

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Survey Reveals Gender Gap in High School Seniors’ Financial Literacy?

by Luke Landes

Or maybe not. Capital One conducted a survey of high school seniors to determine how many of these young adults are prepared to handle finances on their own. The company asked the students to rate their own levels of knowledge of personal finance. The results may be interesting, but they don’t reveal anything about financial ... Continue reading this article…

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Un-broke TV Special on Friday, May 29th

by Smithee

I’ve often written here about the disappointing lack of financial education in schools, and it’s this same dearth of vital information that has apparently led to a new special airing on ABC this Friday: Schools teach us almost everything, but not “Money 101.” For the basics on finance, turn to UN-BROKE: What You Need to ... Continue reading this article…

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Education Opportunities for the Unemployed

by Luke Landes

Although the latest figures indicate job loss is slowing, at 8.9 percent the unemployment rate is continuing to increase. Some unemployed individuals who want to take classes to build skills while looking for a job experience some roadblocks: Searching for work can be a full-time job. Finding time for all your responsibilities and desires can be ... Continue reading this article…

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Changes Ahead for Federal Student Loans

by Luke Landes

President Obama has proposed a number of changes that will affect how college students qualify for and receive loans to finance higher education. The plan calls for significant changes and like many other changes in the government over the past month, it is causing some controversy. Currently, the government subsidizes student loans offered by banks ... Continue reading this article…

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Basic Finances to Finally Be Taught in NJ Schools?

by Smithee

Having done all of my formal schooling in New Jersey, some of it more successful than the rest, I was excited to see a short story in NJ’s Daily Record about a bill passing through the NJ State Senate that would require basic financial skills to be taught in High Schools. This is sorely needed ... Continue reading this article…

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Getting Paid Back for a College Education: 15 Top Schools

by Luke Landes

If the only value of higher education is the money you earn throughout your lifetime with your college degree, then SmartMoney’s recent study might help you decide where to matriculate. Ivy League schools don’t pay off as much as one might expect. The magazine surveyed the annual salaries earned by graduates of 50 of the ... Continue reading this article…

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Real Money, Real World: A Resource for High School Personal Finance Classes

by Luke Landes

Last year, I asked in high schools should require money management classes. My point of view is that such classes should be optional and/or lessons in personal finance can be incorporated into other classes throughout middle school and high school. Not everyone agrees with me, however, considering the state of financial distress many in this ... Continue reading this article…

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Three Tips for More Financial Aid

by Luke Landes

When I was applying for colleges for my undergraduate degree, a scholarship agent came to our house. I think he was referred to us by a friend of mine, and even then I wondered whether this was the time of arrangement where someone gets a referral bonus. The scholarship agent entered our house with a ... Continue reading this article…

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New Bill to Provide Grants for Financial Literacy Education

by Luke Landes

A week ago, U.S. Senator Patty Murray introduced legislation proposing an investment of $250 million to support personal finance education in public schools and colleges. Education is the key to improving the financial stability of future generations, and parents have the strongest side of responsibility. While the general media doesn’t encourage fiscal responsibility through excessive ... Continue reading this article…

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Learn How to Handle Your Mortgage… In Church

by Luke Landes

The Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is concerned that the recent rash of foreclosures, if it continues, will degenerate the neighborhood into its recent crime-ridden past. To combat this possible future, the church has now begun offering “Housing Crisis” workshops alongside its Sunday school religious lessons. Are pastors and Sunday school teachers extolling the values of ... Continue reading this article…

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More Education and Higher Incomes: More Likely to Have Had Music Education

by Luke Landes

Existence of music education in one’s curriculum is related to higher incomes and more education later in life, according to a new study by Harris Interactive. Three-quarters (75 percent) of American adults were involved in some type of music program while in school. Half (51 percent) were involved in chorus while 42 percent had some type of ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Curriculum: Classes About Money Management

by Luke Landes

Earlier this year, I shared my opinion that personal finance classes should not be required in high school thanks to an overloaded general curriculum and dubious results. My opinion is that basic money management is better taught — if in school at all — in the earlier years. The Citi Foundation sponsors a financial education ... Continue reading this article…

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The Declining Value of the MBA

by Luke Landes

Among the high-powered analysts and hedge-fund superstars, obtaining an MBA is losing its attraction. Even degrees from the most prestigious schools like Harvard and Wharton are viewed as a waste of time and money if the student could be earning hundreds of thousands of dollars a year as a stock analyst or millions as a ... Continue reading this article…

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Ben Stein’s Tips for New College Students

by Luke Landes

College classes have already begun around the country, and it’s not too late to start listening to Ben Stein. He has some great advice for those matriculating. His son is just starting college, so I would imagine Ben has been giving this topic a lot of thought lately. Make friends with your teachers. While seeing ... Continue reading this article…

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My MBA at the University of Phoenix Online, Part 5: The Team Experience

by Luke Landes

Last year, I began sharing the details about my experience with the University of Phoenix‘s online campus. I completed an MBA through this program, and experienced the best and the worst of what the school has to offer. Nowhere is the wide range of possible experienced more clear than in dealing with the university’s “learning ... Continue reading this article…

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Taking a Gap Year Before College: Good Idea?

by Luke Landes

In England and Australia, it is more common than in the United States for a student to take a year after high school to travel or experience the world before entering college. According to SmartMoney, it may not be such a bad idea. The argument is that students who take a break from institutionalized education ... Continue reading this article…

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