“Ask Brianna” is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com. This week’s question: … Continued

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Students in the 2016-17 school year received $125.4 billion in grants to help pay for higher education, according to College Board. If you want to get your hands on some free college funding, you might need to learn how to write a scholarship essay. To narrow down applicant pools, many scholarships require candidates to write an essay. … Continued

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Passwords are the house keys to your online accounts, and when they’re hacked, intruders can break in and wreak havoc. To create strong passwords, you have to strike a balance between making them difficult for others to guess and making them easy enough for you to remember. Many people favor simple ones at their own risk: “123456” … Continued

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