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Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Our expanded ranking names hundreds of colleges where you can get a quality education at an affordable price.
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This year, we've expanded our annual rankings to include 400 schools. Here's how we narrowed down our list to select the top colleges and universities for academics and affordability.
Here are the answers to your questions about how we pick the schools on the list.
The cost of college has skyrocketed. Over the past 30 years, the average cost of tuition and fees at private four-year colleges has more than doubled, and costs for in-state students attending public colleges ...
Stellar academics, generous financial aid packages and impressive four-year graduation rate, help make this small liberal arts college a top notch pick for new students.
Through timely withdrawals and good recordkeeping, a grandparent’s 529 college-savings plan can help families recoup money spent on college.
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Before you start using your 529 plan to pay private-school tuition, check with your state’s plan.
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If you’re upgrading, you won’t have to spend a bundle to get what you need.
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Merging households and finances is a major step. Be sure to have an open and honest dialogue about each other's income and spending habits beforehand.
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They can expect multiple offers as boomers retire and the economy chugs along.
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With these inexpensive tools, it’s easy to create your own site.
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Some loan servicers may be dropping the ball on keeping you up-to-date on how much you may owe.
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Some colleges blur the lines between loans and grants.
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These workarounds may help borrowers who are ill, whose school closed, or who have other college debt issues.
The game plays into millennial stereotypes, but in reality we’re not much different than other generations.
Internet-based services to back up and store files and photos are inexpensive.
If you haven’t re-shopped your wireless phone plan in a few years, you’re probably paying a steep price for your loyalty.
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