The latest on contactless credit cards, FAFSA changes, and being hurt by the government shutdown

The latest on contactless credit cards, FAFSA changes, and being hurt by the government shutdown

Here are some favorite personal finance reads from around the web this week.


Contactless payments are coming to the U.S., another threat to the use of cash


Compared to countries like the U.K. and Australia, the U.S. is behind on payment technology, but all that is about to change this year. Banks are planning to enable contactless technology for credit and debit cards.

Think the federal-aid process is crazy? Here’s some ‘bureaucratic sanity’

—The Chronicle of Higher Education

The U.S. Department of Education deserves praise for recent changes to the FAFSA process that make it easier for students to verify their financial information for colleges. This will hopefully help more lower-income students pay for college, rather than deter them with verification-related red tape.

My first furlough

­–The Billfold

What’s it like to be a federal employee furloughed due to the recent government shutdown? This worker documents her current situation and the toll it has taken on her life and her finances.

Refunds from the IRS may go out, but hurdles to complete your return remain


The official start of the tax season is coming up on Jan. 28, and the IRS has assured taxpayers that refunds will go out despite the government shutdown. However, many accountants are concerned about reduced IRS staff, stalled regulations, and longer wait times for amended returns.

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How the world pays for college—and what they get 

A round-the-world tour of how college works—and gets paid for—in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Brazil, and China.

Actually, you can’t have it all: Millennial burnout

Millennials are experiencing burnout from career stress, financial insecurity, student loan debt, social media, and more. So let’s cut them some slack.

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