Category: Paying for College

Best of 2019: Most Visited Unit Pages

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Dec 30, 2019
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Checking Accounts, Paying for College, Credit Cards, Credit Reports, Career, Investing, Insurance
 Our Unit Pages are the most visited pages on the NGPF website. Why? It provides teachers with all of the NGPF resources available on a given topic (unit) on ONE page. So, whether you are looking for 45 minute lessons or just individual resources to supplement your existing lesson, you can find them on the unit page.  Here were the unit pages that received the most page views: Checking Budgeting Taxes Types of Credit Investing Career Paying For College Saving Insurance  Managing...

Best of 2019...NGPF's FinCap Friday

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Dec 26, 2019
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Behavioral Finance, FinCap Friday, Investing, Paying for College, Budgeting, Ethics, Generosity
Looking for a 5-10 minute resource to bring current events to your classroom? FinCap Friday is your solution. It's a quiz game, an explainer video and discussion prompts all wrapped into one cohesive resource. With over 600,000 plays since its launch in August of 2018, it's become a weekly Friday routine (or any other day of the week) in classrooms across the country.  Here's the Top 10 FinCap Fridays that are topping the charts (overall):  Famous and Frugal (Budgeting) Show Me...

Last Reading List for 2019!!

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Dec 20, 2019
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Personal Finance, Budgeting, Credit Scores, Investing, Paying for College, Taxes, Retirement
Many of the articles this week have a common theme: reflecting on the 2010’s as the decade comes to a close. Wishing you all a joyful holiday season and hope you enjoy your well-deserved break!   Personal Finance Do you think the Social Security Administration should mail out statements annually, or let people log on and check themselves? (WAPO) Time again for New Years Resolutions: Here is a list from AICPA of 20 things you should consider doing to keep your financial life in order....

Updated QoD: What percentage of students who started college in 2013 graduated within 6 years?

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Dec 16, 2019
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Question of the Day, Paying for College, Student Loans, Research
Answer: 60% Here's the earlier QoD blog post that had data for the 2012 cohort. Slides have been updated to reflect up-to-date information. Questions: Which school type has the lowest graduation rates? Which school type has the highest graduation rates?  What might explain these large differences in graduation rates? What has been the trend in graduation rates over the last 3-4 years for the public and private non-profit colleges?  What do you think are the leading reasons that...

NGPF Podcast: Georgetown's Martin Van Der Werf on the ROI of a college education

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Dec 13, 2019
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Paying for College, Podcasts, Research, Student Loans
I had a great conversation with Martin Van Der Werf from Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce. We discussed his center's report "A First Try At ROI" which analyzed  the return on investment (ROI) for over 4500 colleges. He shares the key findings and insights from this report and how families should use this information as one input in the college selection process.  Details: 0:00~1:47 Introduction 1:47~3:38 Considering the ROI of attending college  3:38~5:14 How...

Reading List for December 13-15

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Dec 13, 2019
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Personal Finance, Mutual Funds, Economics, Paying for College, Investing
Only one more reading list before the holidays, so we will start with Personal Finance Gift ideas! If you are looking to add to your holiday reading list (or wish list), here are the six books the Washington Post suggests you read on personal finance. How about gifts for kids that will teach them about money? Here is a list of ten to consider. (Yahoo Finance)   Economics The Fed is holding interest rates where they are, and will probably keep them there. (Bankrate.com) Where will...

Reading List for December 6-8

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Dec 06, 2019
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Economics, Investing, Budgeting, Paying for College, Current Events
Economics/Employment The November jobs report beat expectations. Dive into the numbers here. (USA Today) Does the jobs report give a complete employment picture? Forbes takes a look at the employment numbers and finds a large increase in low-quality, low-paying jobs.  "A study by the Brookings Institute, a nonprofit public policy organization that conducts research to solve problems facing society, found that a large amount of the newly created positions are “low-wage”...

Interactive Monday: This interactive will change the way students/parents evaluate colleges

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Dec 01, 2019
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Interactive, Paying for College
Ok, money isn't everything when it comes to evaluating colleges but it's certainly a big thing as the cost of a college degree exceeds 6 figures for most families. As a result, these three letters, ROI (return on investment), seem to be creeping into the conversation for more and more college going students and their families. Calculating the I (investment) has typically been the easier part of the formula. Once you waded through the obtuse financial aid award letters and figured out the "out of...

Black Friday 2019 Reading List

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Nov 29, 2019
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Economics, Paying for College, Investing, Retirement, Parent Conversations
Today is the official start of the biggest retail push of the year. If you are reading this, you either have already braved the Black Friday crowds (or shopped last night), or you are giving it a pass and shopping online.  In any event, the crowds are expected to be a bit less chaotic this year (CBS). Here is a look at how online shopping and delivery are changing the world (IMO, not for the better): The Guardian discusses everything from the explosion of warehouses to environmental impact...

QoD: Match with percent with survey results from college-going students: 43%, 73%, 88%

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Nov 24, 2019
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Question of the Day, Paying for College, Student Loans
Hat tip to Derek D'Angelo for highlighting this research.  Survey results: __________ % said the major benefit of a degree was a "Potentially better job / income." __________% of respondents reported needing money for college outside of their savings. __________% of respondents reported their level of stress about the college application process as “High" Answers:   43% said the major benefit of a degree was a "Potentially better job / income." 88% of...

Reading List for November 22-24

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Nov 22, 2019
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Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Paying for College, Career, Financial Scams, Investing, Retirement
Financial Literacy and Advocacy ICYMI, Tim Ranzetta had two pieces hit Marketwatch this week. The first is an article explaining how excellent teachers will drive the financial literacy movement, and highlights several teachers you will recognize. The second is an opinion piece in which Tim quantifies the value of a high school personal finance class. Study Breaks’ Daniel Reed concurs with the need to make Personal Finance a high school graduation requirement.  Workers consistently...

QoD: Can you name ONE of the top 3 reasons students take a gap year after graduating from high school?

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Nov 03, 2019
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Question of the Day, Career, Paying for College
Answer (from Gap Year Association report): Gain life experience and personal growth Travel, see the world, experience other cultures Take a break from traditional academic track Questions: Would you ever consider taking a gap year after graduating high school? Why or why not? If you could take a year off after high school (“gap year”), what are some ideas on how you could use that time?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in...

Reading List for November 1-3

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Nov 01, 2019
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Entrepreneurship, Economics, Investing, Credit Cards, Paying for College, Retirement, Financial Scams
Entrepreneurship  An excellent retrospective on the contributions of Peter Drucker on what would have been his 100th birthday. (INC) How does owning your own business or working in the gig economy impact how your kids will view the world of work and finances? (WAPO)   Economics Economics news this week included another Federal Reserve Rate cut. What does that mean for your credit card, mortgage, etc.? (USA Today) And the October Jobs report came out today. USA Today explains the...

Reading List for October 4-6

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Oct 04, 2019
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Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Insurance, Paying for College, Retirement
Financial Literacy Perhaps we need to solve the innumeracy problem in the US in order to make any significant gains in Financial Literacy. (WAPO) Even if we are successful in requiring every high school student to take a personal finance class, what do we do about all of those past high school who need the same knowledge? Some suggest the responsibility fall to employers. (Pensions and Investments) Read all about NGPF's own Yanely Espinal! (MarketWatch)   Economics US manufacturing...

QoD: Match the percentage with the correct item: 97%, 25%, 37%

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Oct 01, 2019
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Paying for College, Question of the Day, Student Loans
Following up with another fun FAFSA fact... Items: Percent of families who know that FAFSA is available starting October 1st [25%] Percent of families who plan to complete the FAFSA together WITH their college bound child [37%] Percent of families who plan to complete the FAFSA [97%] If you need an explainer, here's a two minute video explaining the FAFSA: Questions: Why do you think the FAFSA is so important? Does this survey information confirm how important it is?  Have you had...