Financial Wellness @ Work

Un-Crushing Student Loan Debt

Very often, I talk to people who have financial concerns that are weighing on them. I’ve noticed a correlation between the age of the person and the concern. Lately, a lot of people who are within a few years of retirement have been concerned about the stock market and relatively new hires who are just establishing a career have been concerned about their level of debt impairing their ability to make progress toward their important life goals.  Those are two mini-trends I’ve been seeing lately.  Read more

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Would You Turn Down All 8 Ivy League Schools?

That’s what a high school senior named Ronald Nelson did to accept a free ride at the University of Alabama. While very few students will be in Nelson’s enviable position, many families will have to decide between a more expensive higher-ranked school and a lower-ranked but less expensive school. With both education and student loan debt increasingly important factors to many young people’s financial well-being, this is not always an easy decision to make. Here are some things to consider: Read more

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Should You Sacrifice Retirement to Pay For College Expenses?

Should you focus your financial plans on funding your children’s college education out-of-pocket or through parent loans? This is a question on the minds of many parents that I speak with on a regular basis (and also a question that I personally have to deal with having a third grader and a kindergartener growing up too fast). The retirement vs. education question gets even more challenging when children reach high school and the time horizon to save gets shorter. Read more

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College is NOT a Right

Today I met a man who is taking a rather practical approach to teaching his kids about college planning. This gentleman has three kids, the oldest of which will be going to college in a few years. He said something rather profound that made me reconsider how I’ve been talking to my own kids about college. He said, “College is not a right.” Read more

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Doing the Math on College Planning

During the holidays, I had so much fun visiting family as did many of my colleagues. So as we all got back into the groove of working, we shared stories of those sometimes amusing family encounters. Tania, our Atlanta-based CFP, talked about how it was wonderful seeing her cousins, who only a few years ago she was bouncing off her knee, now that they are all taller than she is (which isn’t a stretch since she is barely above five feet tall).  Here’s her story: Read more

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Why Your Choice of School Matters

I read this article about parents shouldering a massive burden for student loan debts for their children.This is currently a huge problem in the middle class.  Lower income families receive significant financial aid. Higher income families can support the cost of college out of cash flow. It’s the middle class that is getting hammered with this and it’s creating some ripple effects into other areas of life. I have talked with countless couples who are delaying retirement for 5-10 years in order to pay down student loan debt. They all hope that their employers keep them around that long and that they don’t get caught up in a downsizing or have serious medical bills like the family in the article. Read more

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How to Make College More Affordable

We all know that education is a key element in achieving the financial hopes and dreams that we all have, but is it possible that college education is getting too expensive?  One of my colleagues calculated that when he started college at a public university in 1988, a student would have to work 34 hours a week at minimum wage to pay for a year of college.  At that same school today, a student would have to work 53 hours a week to pay their way. Read more

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A New Tool in the College Selection Game

With one daughter in college and two boys following her down that path over the next decade, the whole concept of “bang for your buck” regarding college costs hits rather close to home right now. Every parent would be pleased to learn that their child got accepted into Ivy League schools. Fewer would be pleased when the tuition payments came due!  And after graduation, when the total cost of the education was known and a child with a liberal arts degree went into a job market that isn’t currently rewarding, that type of degree from there would be even less joy.   Read more

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Is A Degree Worth It? How It Can Impact Your Career

With the cost of an education rising year after year, is it still worth it to get your college degree? Although it may not seem worth spending $50,000, there are real benefits to doing so. With all of the grants and financial aid available, the cost is often not as high as you would expect either. Here are some benefits to getting a college degree or going back to school for even more education: Read more

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Using Retirement Plan Assets for Education

As the school year winds down, many graduating high-school seniors are looking ahead to the promise of a new day come next fall, but for many parents, that day is fraught with mixed emotions—and a handful of college bills. To help pay for college, some parents will set aside money using more traditional ways to save for college expenses. Each has its own set of pros and cons and seldom are parents able to save enough to pay for their student’s entire education. As such, many students will require student loans in order to continue their education. The result is an average student loan debt of just under $30,000. Read more

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