“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: Q: … Continued

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There’s nothing like your first-ever paycheck to teach you about the reality of taxes. And as we get older, the many ways our money goes to the government become even more apparent. But what about college scholarships? Surely the money you received to pay for your education can’t be taxed, right? The truth is, it could be. To find … Continued

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If you have federal student loans, do you know if they are subsidized or unsubsidized? Are you unsure? It’s important to know what type of student loans you have: Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, or even a mix of both. That’s because the interest on unsubsidized loans accrues differently than interest on subsidized student … Continued

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