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Is 'learn now, pay later' just another student debt trap

The “ buy now, pay later ” transaction is simple: Shoppers are offered an installment loan at the point of purchase, spreading the cost of the product across several payments. They’re often available ...

Do you need a grad degree to compete right now? Probably not

More U.S. workers than ever hold a graduate degree. Years of intensifying job requirements and headlines declaring a master’s “the new bachelor’s degree” nudged a record number of students into grad s...

Balancing hopes, dreams and a low-paying college major

Humanities majors are more than a punchline. Not everyone can or wants to be a STEM major, and the world would be a poorer place if they were. To have great things to read, music tha...

So you want a new job? Here’s how to retrain

The tens of millions of workers who have left their jobs in the “Great Resignation” — 4.4 million in September alone, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — won’t necessarily need to retrain be...

The end of student loan forbearance will be tougher on women

Before the pandemic, wage disparities already made it tougher for working women to pay off student loans than men. Now, after a second year of juggling increased caregiving duties, over a million wome...

Skip college? Not if you want to make more money

Skeptical of the four-year college degree? It’s still your best bet to make money. Backlash against college as a common stop on the road to adulthood has mounted over the past decade...

Student loan payments to restart; here's how to get help

For 42.9 million student loan borrowers , it’s been 18 months without a payment. That ends in October — ready or not. The interest-free federal student loan payment pause, known as a...

COVID tax break could open door to student loan forgiveness

The tax break on college debt cancellations in the COVID-19 relief package signed last week by President Joe Biden has removed a potential roadblock to forgiving student loan debt: taxes . ...

What free college might actually look like

President Joe Biden proposed multiple “free college” measures while on the campaign trail. Do any of them have a real shot? Some experts think so. “The issue is bipartisan in its app...

If a stranger offers you student loan forgiveness, hang up

Student loan scammers have a brand-new hook: “Biden student loan forgiveness” or “stimulus forgiveness.” Behind the pitch is the same old fraudster playbook, one that persuades fede...

How to handle college loan debt as an unemployed recent grad

Entry-level jobs are scarce for recent college graduates, which leaves the Class of 2020 in a precarious position as their student loan debt comes due. Taylor Cabrera has been job-h...

What No Student Loan Payments Until 2021 Means for You

You don’t have to make another federal student loan payment in 2020. Now is the time, though, to decide what to do before your bill arrives in January 2021. Federal student loan borr...

A student loan expert takes her own advice

When you spend your days dispensing advice about student loans, you learn a thing or two about navigating the system. In the 10 years it took me to repay $40,000 in federal student l...

Why rich students get more financial aid than poor ones

Colleges are increasingly spending more to woo affluent students with scholarships based solely on academic or other achievements, experts say. And it’s leaving those who need aid the most with fewer ...

How to make a student loan complaint that gets results

Trying to make a complaint against your student loan lender or servicer may feel like screaming into the void. In 2019, federal student aid customers made 44,155 complaints using th...