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Get Worthwhile Return on Your College Investment

How do you know when the cost of a college education is really worth it? A lot of factors—both financial and emotional—go into making that decision. Weighing the pros and cons can be daunting. Let’s consider a couple of examples that will help conceptualize the process of determining if a college education makes financial sense.

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Why Shifting Tuition Payments to Retirement Fund Seldom Works

College graduation is obviously a cause for celebration. When the graduate is the youngest child, some parents have an extra reason to rejoice: no more tuition payments. At the end of the college years, many parents who have chosen to fund their kids’ education find themselves behind on funding their own retirement. One popular solution […]

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Make the Most of 529 College Savings Plan

When it comes to 529 college savings plans, the best strategy is to start early and start big. Don’t wait to set up an account until your teenager is starting to wonder which schools might offer skateboarding scholarships. These accounts are excellent vehicles to save for college, in large part because of the tax-free growth […]

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Ease College Loan Burden–Borrow Like a Pessimist

High school graduation is a time of optimism and possibilities. Commencement speakers all over the country urge graduates to follow their dreams and reach for the stars. But when it comes to funding the education you need to fulfill those dreams, you might be better off with a dose of negativity and pessimism. The transition […]

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New York Times and Rick Say Fund Your Retirement First

A recent New York Times article supports Rick’s advice to save for your own retirement before you fund college costs for your kids. The piece by Ann Carrns, “Save for Retirement First, the Children’s Education Second,” appeared in the “Your Money” section online on February 28. Rick was one of the advisors cited in the […]

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