A can of WD-40, a basic set of tools and refill orders on prescriptions might not be on the minds of college freshmen preparing to leave home for the first time. But a little preparation can save time, money and aggravation.
Before your student leaves the nest, find out whether your homeowner policy will cover his stuff while at school, and figure out what to do about car insurance while he’s gone. If your child is studying abroad this semester or next, don’t overlook the health insurance page in the information package.
Families lose money to fraudulent financial aid scams every year, according to federal officials. And with many college application deadlines just months away, this is prime time for thieves to make their pitches to a fresh batch of targets.
Jeff Gawronski founded DormCo.com four years ago with a business model that takes a few pages from Amazon’s playbook. DormCo carries about 4,500 products, including comforters, lamps and other lights, futons, loungers, benches and other seating, and customized products such as lofted beds.
While many families start planning early for how they’ll pay for the college years, there’s not a lot of conversation about covering the costs associated with the early school years, particularly among parents experiencing this for the first time.
Green Works, a Kansas City-based nonprofit, puts teens to work thanks to an innovative internship program that combines environmental education with workplace opportunities for urban high school students.
The summer heat will soon fade, but summer vacation memories will live on in photos. Did you travel somewhere fun this summer? Share your local, national or international images and enter The Star’s 2014 Summer Travel Photo Contest. Send us your pictures taken during this summer travel season: Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day 2014. The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. Sept. 30.
The Affordable Care Act allows parents to keep adult children enrolled in employer-provided family health insurance plans until they turn 26, but there are no such guarantees for dental or vision insurance. And it’s becoming increasingly common for parents to find replacement coverage for their children.
For many of those new to the workforce, opening a 401(k) retirement account or purchasing company stock is their first experience with investing and making their own choices that are key to becoming financially independent.
President Barack Obama used his executive authority to make more people eligible for an existing program that caps student loan repayments at 10 percent of an individual’s monthly discretionary income. But will the program have much effect?
A survey released in late May by the College Savings Foundation found that 82 percent of the high school students interviewed believed they have a responsibility to tap their funds to help pay for college. That’s a significant bump from the 74 percent who responded to that question in 2013.
A survey by the Gallup organization and Purdue University concluded that where graduates went to college — public or private, small or large, very selective or not selective — hardly matters at all to their current well-being and their work lives in comparison to their experiences in college.
Rates for Stafford, Plus and the other main federal education loans for the 2014-2015 school year will be 0.8 percent higher than they were during the current academic year. This applies to loan money disbursed starting July 1.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has received a growing number of complaints about private student loan lenders demanding accelerated repayments when the co-signer dies or files for bankruptcy.
The T. Rowe Price investment firm’s sixth annual “Parents, Kids & Money” report found that 69 percent of the parents surveyed want to set a good financial example for their children but don’t always go about it the right way.