5 College Budgeting Mistakes to Avoid

In an earlier post, I described six reasons families and students should have a budget for college. Having a budget for college helps students and families feel more confident in their decision-making. A budget also reduces the risk of overborrowing, so students won’t be saddled with excessive loan debt after graduation. Before you begin creating your […]

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5 Things I Wish I’d Know About Student Loans

​I have a confession to make: before I was The Prudent Professor, I was Unsavvy Undergrad. When I started college, I knew little about personal finance and even less about student loans. By the time I finished grad school, I had (and still have) a mountain of student loan debt. ​If I’d known more about student loans […]

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6 Confidence Boosting Benefits of Budgeting for College

Have you heard the awful news? How could you have missed it? Every day there’s another news story about the student loan crisis or the increasing cost of college. So many students and families are overwhelmed by the cost of college – and by worries about how to pay for it. Instead of overwhelmed, wouldn’t it be […]

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How to Create a Habit: Your 5 Step Plan (with Bonus Worksheet)

I love this time of year. No, not the blazing hot last days of summer. Back-to-school season. Seeing families shop for clothes, lunch boxes and backpacks. Wandering aisle upon aisle of discounted school supplies. The sense of optimism and promise each new school year brings. I love it all. When you live by the academic calendar, […]

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Pros and Cons of Community College

Do you want to save money on college? Of course you do. So you should go to community college first, right? That’s what everyone says, anyway. They say community college is cheaper than a university. That community college makes education more affordable. And that community college can help you avoid student loan debt. You know […]

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