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Sign Up for Free Financial Education This Summer

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jul 9, 2019 1:14:48 PM

As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, Hanscom Federal Credit Union is accountable to its members — that's you! — and not a profit-driven group of shareholders. This means it's in our best interest for our members to have financial tools at hand and the wisdom to make sound decisions about their money. When our members do well, we do well, and it's why we offer free financial education for anyone who's looking for a secure financial future.

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Topics: College, Credit Score, Financial Wellness, Investments

Choosing the Right Student Loan

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Jun 17, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Do you have plans to pursue a higher education degree? Let’s face it, an education at a college, career program, or graduate school is expensive. Most students need some kind of assistance, and navigating the student loan options available can be difficult. Here is a quick overview of the best current options for new college students and their families.

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Topics: Debt, College

Save for Retirement While Paying for College

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Jan 28, 2019 3:48:00 PM

Student loan debt is the enemy of many millennials, but it’s becoming a problem for some older Americans, too. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, recent data shows that between 2012 and 2017 in more than three-quarters of states, the total outstanding student debt held by borrowers over age 60 increased by more than 50 percentFor many of these borrowers, this student loan debt is money borrowed for their children’s or grandchildren’s educations.

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Topics: College, Retirement

The 3 Things You Must Do with Your Student Loans

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Jan 16, 2019 5:21:00 AM

The job market looks good for new college graduates. Last year's college graduates entered the strongest job market in over a decade and good news for 2019 graduates -- employers plan to hire 16.6 percent more new graduates than they did last year. And if you chose a hot field of study, you may have several offers to choose from after graduation. That’s great, because before you know it, you'll be repaying the loans that helped you get your degree.

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Topics: Debt, College

College Costs 101: Saving Starts Now

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Jan 26, 2018 11:16:44 AM

Most parents have already heard the bad news: a college education has never been more expensive. Many, in fact, are still paying off their own student debt and would like their children to avoid that burden. The good news is that there’s a lot parents can do to help their children and make the costs of college more manageable.

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Topics: College, Savings

Headed to College? Apply for our Scholarship

Posted by MoneyWisdom Newsletter on Jan 17, 2018 4:52:02 AM

A college education can be your ticket to greater job opportunities and higher earnings over your lifetime. However, tuition, fees, and living expenses add up to a substantial investment.

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Topics: College

Your Study Guide to Paying Off Student Loans

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Dec 23, 2017 2:34:18 PM

It is not unusual for college tuition to cost $30,000 or more a year. Some students are able to pay for it with savings or get grants or scholarships. However, many have to turn to student loans to finance at least some or all of their costs. Taking out student loans can pay off in the long run because having a college degree usually makes it easier to get well-paying jobs. However, if you

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Topics: Money Management, Debt, College

Will investing in a condo help cut college costs?

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Jul 12, 2017 12:35:00 PM


With the cost of college room and board rising through the proverbial roof, some parents consider an alternative to cramped on-campus housing: investing in a condo or house for their child to live in while at school. And it’s no wonder. With room and board running over $1,200 per month, putting that money into a property you own seems like a good idea. Or is it? 

The big answer is: It depends.

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Topics: College, Investment Property

Should I send my teen to college with a credit card?

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Apr 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

My daughter is a college student and she has a credit card. She didn’t use it to buy plane tickets or expensive electronic gadgets, just gas, groceries, and a few drugstore items. But it all added up and when the school year ended, she had accrued quite a big balance. She got a full-time summer job and had to apply almost everything she earned toward this bill. Yes she paid it off, but she had almost no money saved for the start of the next school year.

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Topics: College, Credit Card

Student Loans Are Crushing Young Adults

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Mar 6, 2017 11:06:01 AM

Mounting student loan debt is eating away at the paychecks and independence of millennials, resulting in a generation of U.S. consumers between the ages of 25 to 34 who earn and save less than their parents did a generation ago, and many are now turning to bankruptcy protection to avoid perpetual financial disaster.

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Topics: Debt, College

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