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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: Investment Property, College

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: College, Debt

Paying for College Starts with the FAFSA

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Feb 22, 2017 12:45:38 PM

The U.S. Department of Education awards more than $150 billion each year in federal aid for higher education – and, surprisingly, more than $2 billion of this financial aid goes unclaimed. Your opportunity for some of that money begins by filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The application process is relatively simple, and there is no reason not to do it. By submitting a FAFSA, you make yourself available for federal grants, work-study funds, low-interest federal student loans and possibly state or school scholarships.

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Topics: College, budget, children

Apply for Our Scholarship

Posted by MoneyWisdom Newsletter on Jan 23, 2017 9:44:08 AM

If you know a high school senior with plans to continue their education, encourage them to apply for our Condon Scholarship.

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Topics: College

Save for Retirement While Paying for College

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Jul 13, 2016 11:21:17 AM

Student loan debt is the enemy of many millennials, but it’s becoming a problem for some older Americans, too. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, nearly 17% of student loan debt is currently held by borrowers age 50 and older. For many of these borrowers, this student loan debt is money borrowed for their children’s or grandchildren’s educations.

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Topics: Retirement, College

New College Student? 4 Ways to Ace Your Finances This Fall

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Jun 22, 2016 12:14:30 PM

Four Key Areas to Cut the Cost of College Expenses – Without Cutting into a Great College Experience


Headed for college this fall? Congratulations! It’s an exciting new phase in life – one where you’ll be learning more about the world, yourself, and the cost of living away from home. College expenses don’t stop at tuition, room and board. There are lots of other expenses that can quickly eat through your budget. The good news is that there are easy, strategic ways you can enjoy college life for less – if you do your homework. 

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Topics: College

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