Don’t Let Your First Car Be a $30K Mistake

Buying your first car is already an intimidating experience; in the midst of historic supply shortages, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. In March of this year, the average price of a used car was $27,246, according to Cox Automotive — an automotive marketplace and data company — or 28% higher than it was a year … Continued

Interest Rates on New Federal Student Loans Going Up for 2022-23

Two years ago, federal student loan borrowers enjoyed the lowest interest rates ever on their loans. This fall, rates for undergraduate borrowers will be nearly double what they were in 2020-21. The interest rates for new undergraduate direct federal student loans are set to increase to 4.99% for the 2022-23 academic year, up from 3.73% … Continued

Another $400 in Free College Aid Could Be Coming Your Way

College students could see their Pell Grant award go up by as much as $400 for the coming academic year, thanks to the federal spending bill signed into law March 15. Congress raised the annual Pell Grant limit to $6,895 for the 2022-23 academic year as a part of the 2022 federal budget. That’s the largest increase … Continued

Ready to Spend Like a College Graduate?

In just a couple of months, a new cohort of college graduates will leave behind their careers as students and start new ones as entry-level workers. And for many — regardless of age — that change brings a whole new financial landscape to navigate. Gabby DelMonaco, a financial planning assistant in Silver Spring, Maryland, is … Continued

You Can Get Free Money for College — and Help Finding It

If you’re considering going to college this fall — or next — there is one way to ensure you’re considered for as much free money as possible: by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA makes you eligible for federal, state and some school-based aid, including loans, scholarships and grants. … Continued

Grads Left Behind $3.75B in Free College Aid in 2021, Study Says

High school graduates are forgoing free money for college by not submitting financial aid applications, according to a new analysis by the nonprofit National College Attainment Network. The Class of 2021 left behind $3.75 billion in Pell Grant aid by not completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. An estimated 813,000 students were eligible for … Continued

For Young Adults, Building Credit Starts Now

Sooner than you may realize, your credit score will start to matter. A solid credit score can be the difference between qualifying for an apartment or a low-interest car loan or missing out. So to have credit ready when you need it, the time to start building a good and lengthy credit history is now. There’s more … Continued

Free Community College Is Dead — and Still Possible

Until late October, community college in the U.S. was the closest it’s ever been to becoming free for everyone nationwide. A $45.5 billion proposal for two years of free community college, part of the Biden administration’s “Build Back Better” agenda, promised students a path to attain a college degree without student loans — a transformative pledge in … Continued

The FAFSA, Your Ticket to Help Pay for College, Just Opened

October marks the open date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA — and college-bound students should submit the application as soon as possible. Completing the FAFSA allows you to be considered for federal, state and school-based aid. In addition, submitting it soon after the Oct. 1 open date will increase your chances of … Continued

You Can Get Free Money for College — and Help Finding It

If you’re considering going to college this fall — or next — there is one way to ensure you’re considered for as much free money as possible: by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA makes you eligible for federal, state and some school-based aid, including loans, scholarships and grants. … Continued