Kids & Money

Picking the best college, financially speaking

It’s crunch time as the acceptance letters and financial aid packages start to trickle in. But how do you size up — financially speaking — which college is offering the best deal among your favorites? The answer, experts say, lies in knowing the “net price.”

Kids & Money

Let your kids handle customer service problems

Parents spend a lot of time talking to their kids about spending money wisely, budgeting and saving for the future. But I bet very little is mentioned about how to stand up for yourself, negotiate with the person behind the cash register and resolve a problem with a purchase.

Kids & Money

Filling out the FAFSA has gotten easier — really

Since overhauling the online version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid several years ago, the U.S. Department of Education has continued to make tweaks. The most recent changes for 2015 clarified some definitions, color-coded some sections to make sure they’re not overlooked by students and parents, and provided more detailed instructions to certain questions.

Kids & Money

Readers share their favorite money messages

What phrases and quotations does the word “money” conjure up? Apparently plenty, based on the response I received from readers after my recent column about the origins of “keeping up with the Joneses” and other expressions with money messages.

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