David Lerner Associates : The College Debt Dilemma - Avoid Debt In the First Place
Many families depend on student loans in order to send their children to college. A better option for many students and families is to try to avoid student loan debt in the first place.
David Lerner Associates: Defining Qualified Education Expenses
The term "qualified education expenses" is utilized frequently in education circles, but it can mean numerous things depending upon the context. Find out more using this table.
David Lerner Associates News: Is a College Degree Still Worthwhile?
Many Americans are starting to question the value of a college degree. A recent study seems to indicate that a college degree is indeed worthwhile.
David Lerner Associates: Helping pay for your Grandchildren's education
Tuition payments made directly to a university aren't considered taxable gifts, no matter how large the payment. But this is true only for tuition, not room and board, books, or fees. Find out more...
David Lerner Associates: The Rising Cost of College
Each year the College Board releases its Trends in College Pricing and Trends in Student Aid, a report that shows college expenses and trends in financial aid. The report shows costs are rising in 2014/2015.
Financial Aid Considerations for Graduate School
There are a few differences between financial aid options for attending graduate school and aid programs for studying at an undergraduate college
David Lerner Associates: Repaying Student Loans
For those students graduating in June there is a new and exciting life ahead. One of the responsibilities that many graduates face is repaying their student loans.
Financial Aid: 529 Plans and Your Family's Future
If thinking about joining a 529 plan, or if an account is already in the cards, understanding more about how 529 funds will affect a child's chances of receiving financial aid is a smart move.
David Lerner Associates: Education Tax Credits
Summer is most often thought of as a time for fun and relaxation. If your child is one of the 21 million heading to college in the fall it's also likely to be a time for financial planning. There is one aspect that could lighten the load - education tax credits.
Making the Leap from High School to College
If your child is leaving for college in the fall you're probably worrying about their ability to make the leap from high school to college. For many, it can be quite an adjustment - especially if they are leaving home for the first time.
David Lerner Associates: The College Application Process
Summer is almost over and there is much to look forward to as we move towards the fall. This is also the time of year when many families are embroiled in the college application process.
Teaching Your College-Age Child about Money
Now that they're heading off to college your children need more knowledge about money. They'll be on their own and handling their own finances - probably for the first time.
College Savings - Think Ahead
More than 20 million young Americans are headed off to college this month. According to the 2015 Sallie Mae How America Pays for College report, a national study of college students and parents, families spent on average $24,164 for college in the academic year 2014-2015
3 Ways to Graduate Debt Free
Over the past ten years, the cost of a college education in America has gone up very year. Hillary Clinton recently announced a proposed student loan reform as part of her campaign.
David Lerner Associates: 5 Financial Lessons for College Students
Millions of young Americans will be leaving home for the first time this fall. Along with many other freedoms they'll experience, they will also have to manage their own finances, probably for the first time.
David Lerner Associates: Why College Saving is Important
A college education can be an expensive proposition. Although many students take out loans to cover their education costs, this can be a financial burden for years to come.
David Lerner Associates: Credit Card Pitfalls
Every year in October bankers visit local classrooms on National Get Smart about Credit Day. The idea is to educate kids about the "credit facts of life."
David Lerner Associates: Scholarships and College Savings
As the cost of a college education continues to climb, paying for it has become a major family expense. Many couples report starting a college fund shortly after their baby is born.
David Lerner Associates: Confidence Plays a Part in the Financial Gender Gap
Women in the U.S. lag behind men in three main areas of their finances: earnings, investments, and savings. A recent Fidelity study identified a major factor that contributes to this issue - women lack confidence when it comes to handling their finances. Just 28 percent of respondents said they felt confident when it comes to picking investments without help, and 37 percent felt confident about handling retirement planning on their own.
David Lerner Associates: Financial Education is Your Best Investment
Ignorance can be costly, especially when it comes to your financial literacy. Investing time and energy into financial education could be one of the best investments you can make.
David Lerner Associates: Cyber Thieves Target Men More than Women
A new report claims that men are ripped off three times as much as women. There are many things you can do to stay safe from the digital bad guys. Using strong passwords, secure your computer, installing the latest operating system updates, protecting your data with encryption or passwords, and securing your wireless network are just a few things that can be done.
Making the Best of Your Financial Education
The statistics speak for themselves. Americans are woefully under-informed about their finances - especially younger folks. The financial literacy of high school students has fallen to its lowest level ever with a score of just 48.3%.
Money Smart, Raising your Financial IQ
Money Smart Week was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, and is a nationwide public awareness campaign designed to help the public better manage their personal finances and increase their financial literacy. Free seminars and activities are held around the country. The week runs from April 23-30.
Financial Literacy Lessons for Your Kids
Financial Literacy Month (also known as National Financial Capability Month) is an annual event taking place in April, centered on improving Americans' understanding of financial principles and practices. Here are some basic financial lessons that can be taught to our children that will be of great use to them as they grow.
Money Management Course Most Useful for Young Adults
Students often complain that they won't use what they study in school later in life. One course young adults 18 - 24 say they feel would be most useful is money management, according to a new survey from the National Financial Educators Council.
College Students Personal Finance Grade a C or Worse
In a LendEDU study of 455 college students, 59% rated their ability to manage their money and their finances at a C grade or worse. The survey posed 25 questions to the students, covering how they felt about their financial knowledge to spending habits, budgeting, and saving.
Millennials and Financial Education
It may no longer come as a surprise to anyone that Millennials do not have an excellent grasp on the management on money. Studies suggest that even with greater financial burdens from economic uncertainty and student loans, they are still lagging behind in basic financial education.
October is National Learning and Development Month. It's important in both your professional and personal lives to keep learning, broadening, and advancing your skills. Especially when it comes to your financial education.
Reasons to Invest in College Savings
Education is a gift that keeps on giving. College grads out earn people without degrees consistently and by a decent margin.
April is Financial Literacy Month
The best investment you could make is financial education. This is not just a catch-phrase anymore. The stats speak for themselves.