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5 things your teen needs to know about her first “real” job

So your high schooler got a summer job. Here’s how to have a conversation about what to expect.

The latest on job scams, the pay gap, and what tax documents you can toss—and which to keep

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

This chart will get you talking about the rising cost of college and student debt

Three charts to get three generations talking about student debt.

How to start the paying for college conversation

The college talk should begin as early as ninth grade.

The latest on millennials, retirement saving, and work-life balance at your job

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

The latest on financial infidelity, retirement savings, and one woman’s money journey

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

How can I convince my friend to finish college?

A college degree has never been more essential to your future happiness and earnings.

The latest on for-profit schools, stolen passwords, and soft skills at work

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

The 3 smart questions NYC kids want to know about college

Talking to students at NYC’s Possibility Project about college affordability.

The latest on financial goals, 529s as baby gifts, and a father’s last money lesson

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

The latest on medical bills, financial aid, and your financial resolutions (remember those?)

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

The latest on Amazon Go, personal finance apps, and college bank cards

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

The latest on children’s health insurance, affordable housing, and rising credit card rates

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

The latest on the future U.S. workforce, Betsy DeVos, and how colleges can actually lower costs for students

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

The latest on financial resolutions, saving vs. investing, and talking about money

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

Betsy DeVos proposes for-profit school protections that could gut “borrower defense”

The Department of Education takes another step toward stripping students of any defense against for-profit colleges.

The latest on how to hack the new tax plan, plus charity and mistakes when paying for college

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

Should I talk my kid out of declaring a liberal arts major?

Is declaring a liberal arts major bad for your kid’s career?

How Betsy DeVos’s friendliness to for-profit schools stands to put a generation at risk

Under Betsy DeVos’s leadership, student loan borrowers lose—and for-profit schools win.

The latest on identity theft, relationship finances, and how the GOP tax plan could hurt students

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

The latest on student loans, millennial money, and the war against college

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

The latest on tax reform, winning the lottery, and hidden costs for LGBTQ Americans

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

How the GOP tax reform bills will affect your bottom line

Separating fact from fiction in the House and Senate tax reform bills.

The latest on money conversations, Medicaid, and the gig economy

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

Infographic: How to prioritize your savings and debts

Confused about what your money priorities should be? My handy flowchart will help you figure out when to save and when to pay off debt.

Is college the only option after high school? We asked three generations

Generation Gap: People from three different generations talk about college expectations after high school.

The latest on sending grandkids to college, tiny homeownership, and financial literacy

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

The latest on student loans, sharing your salary, and planning for the unexpected

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

The latest on charitable millennials and financial aid for school

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

How do I talk to my teenager about paying for college?

We Need To Talk: Most kids expect their parents to pay for college—but most parents can’t afford all of it.

The latest on financial aid, bank promotions, and college

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

Infographic: How to pay for college

Not sure where to start navigating the world of financial aid? Here’s a step-by-step-guide to paying for college.

I put one kid through college. How do I tell his younger sister there won’t be as much money for her?

Hard Case: Life’s not always fair. Here’s how to explain that to your kid.

The latest on bankruptcy, millennial women, and a nationwide college crisis

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

The latest on charitable kids, money stress, and college tuition

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

I quit college—and it was my best money decision

My Financial Life: How dropping out of college (the first time around) was a good financial move for this woman.

What’s the money question that keeps you up at night?

Generation Gap: We asked people from three different generations what their biggest money questions are right now.

The latest on millennial money, free college, and financial advice for creatives

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

From base to campus: Financial tips for college-bound military families

From 529 plans and the GI Bill to the Yellow Ribbon Program and military scholarships, here's what you need to know.

The latest on shopping as a stay-at-home parent, broke dating, and more

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

The latest on free college, saving money as a parent, and smart financial strategies

Financial Finds: A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

How do I talk to my roommate about sharing expenses?

Money conversations with your roommate can feel uncomfortable. Here’s how to navigate them.

The latest on credit card fees and how credit scores impact your love life

A weekly roundup of quick personal finance reads.

The best deal in college savings gets even better

Big improvements are coming to New York’s 529 plans. Hopefully the rest of the nation will follow suit.

Infographic: The soaring cost of college—and how we got here

The cost of college has increased drastically over the past generations.

Private student loans draw the most complaints

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reveals the boggling number of complaints against private student loan servicers.

Support for college falls among Republicans

Here’s a key fact: A college graduate earns about $300,000 more over his or her lifetime than a person with no college degree.

Out today! The fourth edition of Get a Financial Life

My bestseller is all grown up and fully updated for today’s radically changed economy.

So your kid wants to be an entrepreneur? 4 reasons to think twice

Do you have what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur?  Here's why you shouldn't quit that day job just yet.

I teamed up with Khan Academy to give advice about paying back your student loans

If you've got questions about student loan repayment, don't worry. Here's a rundown of the best ways to repay.

Last-minute advice for parents paying for college

Paying for college can be a huge worry for parents.

Get your monthly payments under control: Income-driven repayment plans for your federal student loans

Grad with mounds of student loan debt? Beth explains how to avoid month-to-month aggravation.

Net price calculators: Will they help with your college search?

As of October 29, 2011 a federal mandate required all colleges and universities to post net price calculators on their websites.

Student loan borrowers: Help is on the way

What a good week for borrowers: First, President Obama announced new rules to help homeowners with underwater mortgages. And now, new changes that can help roughly 5.8 million people who have federal student loans.

10 money rules for college kids

By now you've passed your first exam, pulled a few all-nighters, and figured out where to go to hear free music. But freebies alone a college life does not make.

If you're looking for money for college…

I've been writing about paying for school for 20 years, and the guy who knows more big-picture info about college costs than anyone else: Mark Kantrowitz.

Jobs for the class of 2011?

Unemployment is still at 9%, and the papers are filled with stories about out-of-work young people. What's a brand-new college graduate to make of all this?

Advice for parents on paying for your kid's college

High school seniors across the country begin to receive their college acceptance letters this month, and many will be breathing a sigh of relief. Getting in is the hard part, right?

Finally, a look at the REAL cost of college

As a principal's daughter, I'm obsessed with the cost of college today. So naturally, I was fascinated by an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education: "Colleges Weigh How to Estimate Cost to Families."

Tiny Furniture: Funny because it's true

Friends keep telling me I need to see the movie Tiny Furniture because 1) it's funny and 2) it's on a fascinating topic: What happens when grown kids move back home.

Mal-employment on the rise

You've heard of unemployment and underemployment. Now say hello to "mal-employment," when college graduates with limited job prospects are forced to take work that doesn't require a college degree.

The new culprit on college campuses: Debit cards

College students, you have an admirer, and it's not the cutie in your philosophy class—it's credit and debit card issuers.

Is there ever a time to NOT save for college?

Thanks to the recession and the skyrocketing price of higher education, many families are forced to choose between socking away for their kids' college education and saving for retirement.

Understanding the perils of private student loans

If you're thinking about getting private student loans to pay for your education, please be careful. It's essentially like paying for college with a credit card. (And you know by now not to do that, right?)

Why you should never co-sign a credit card for your college kid

As August begins, parents start to plan the logistics of shipping their kids off to college. One question that often pops up: Should your child have a credit card?