Category: Student Loans

QoD [UPDATED]: What percent of graduates leave college with student loan debt?

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Jan 20, 2020
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Question of the Day, Student Loans
Answer: 65% of Class of 2018 had student debt when they graduated [latest data available from TICAS] with an average debt of $29,200 Questions: Why do you think that so many students need to take out student loans to pay for college? What are other ways that students can pay for college? Do you think taking on student debt is a positive or a negative? Develop a list of pros and cons. How would you compare it to credit card debt or auto loans? Here's the ready-to-go slides for this...

TEACHER TIP - ANALYZE: A Student Aid Report (SAR)

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Jan 20, 2020
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Paying for College, PRO Tip from NGPF, Student Loans
Amanda Volz brings you a Teacher Tip video on the activity ANALYZE: A Student Aid Report (SAR). This activity has students answer questions while reviewing a sample Student Aid Report and understand the importance of the SAR in the financial aid process. In this video, Amanda discusses how she used this activity in her classroom and provides some tips for you to use it with your students!  ------------- Did you know that we have 35 of these Teacher Tip Videos on our YouTube...

QoD [UPDATED]: Excluding home loans, what are the three largest debts for American consumers?

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Jan 13, 2020
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Student Loans, Question of the Day, Credit Cards, Research
Answer:  Student loan - $1.5 trillion Auto loan - $1.32 trillion Credit Card - $0.85 trillion Questions: Which type of credit has grown the fastest from 2004-2019? Why do you think this is the case?  Using the chart, estimate the growth rate (in trillions of dollars) between 2004-19 for student loans, auto loans and credit cards.  What impact did the Great Recession (2008-09) have on debt levels? Do you think people tend to borrow more or less when a recession occurs? ...

Reading List for January 3-5 (2020!)

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Jan 03, 2020
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Financial Literacy, Student Loans, Stocks, Checking Accounts
Happy New Year! This week's list includes a few articles reflecting back on the the past decade, as well as reflections on personal financial health and habits. If you want an incredibly comprehensive look at what transpired in 2019, Barbara O'Neill has your back in this Journal of Financial Planning article, 2019 Personal Finance Year in Review.  Financial Literacy The emphasis in this article is moving the financial education much earlier in a child’s development. (Education Dive)...

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...

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 October 18-20

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Oct 18, 2019
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Current Events, Financial Literacy, Cryptocurrencies, Student Loans, Financial Scams, Career, Budgeting, Taxes
Financial Wellness Rather than focusing on life events, banks are now basing their products and marketing on everyday financial decisions, getting into the financial wellness business. (The Financial Brand) Is your credit card debt making you sick? A detailed study by CarefulCents.com finds the answer if “yes.” (PRNewswire)   Economics/ Crypto-Currency Here is an article from The Economist that discusses the demise of cash across the world’s economies. (For more detail...

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...

Teacher Tips for Implementing Credit Clash OR What I learned at Credit Clash Virtual PDs

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Sep 30, 2019
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Teaching Strategies, Credit Cards, Student Loans
Since we launched Credit Clash earlier this month, we hosted several Virtual PDs with over 60 teachers. I wanted to share some highlights from those conversations: Game Takeaways Get your payments in order before opening additional lines of credit. Take into account that opening lines of credit "dings" your credit before it begins improving it. Be careful to have plenty of $ in your bank account in case of emergency [Emily Hardesty] Additional lines of credit can build your credit score, but...

Throwback Tuesday QoD: What was the average amount of student debt for 2018 graduates?

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Sep 23, 2019
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Student Loans
This post updates a Question of the Day from 2017... Answer: $29,200 Click below for interactive map Questions: Does the figure “$29,200” seem like high average amount of debt? Why or why not?  Given that the average new car loan is over $30,000, would you think of student debt differently from a car loan in terms of what you are receiving for the debt?  Explain how and why you are concerned about student debt. What can you do to minimize your debt when you graduate?...

QoD: Students who don't complete college are _______ times more likely to default on their student loans than those who graduate.

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Aug 28, 2019
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Question of the Day, Student Loans
Answer: Students who don't complete college are THREE times more likely to default (not repay) on their student loans than those who graduate.  Questions: Why do you think it's more difficult for people to repay their student loans if you don't finish college?  Do you think that people with college degrees earn more than someone who starts college but doesn't finish? Why?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can...

Reading List for August 16-18

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Aug 16, 2019
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Current Events, Parent Conversations, Paying for College, Investing, Economics, Retirement, Student Loans, Financial Scams, Insurance
As your former students or maybe your own children are heading off to college for the first time, here is some sage advice for them.   Having taught at a college for several years, and living amongst the students for even longer, I cannot agree more with the tips offered by a college professor in this MarketWatch article, like show up for class, turn off the phone, and go to office hours! I like the cartoons too!   And here is one for the parents. Once your child turns 18, their...

Top Blog posts of 2018-19

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Jul 07, 2019
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Personal Finance, Credit Cards, Student Loans
As the calendar turns from June to July, I wanted to share with you a few of the top posts from the school year just ended. Think of this as a great list to generate some new ideas for your personal finance course or even some after-school activities for the upcoming school year:  #10: Let's debate a few personal finance topics  #9: Looking for writing prompts? Here are a few for your personal finance course! #8: Question of the Day: What percent of people age 75 and older are...

Reading List June 28-30

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Jun 28, 2019
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Cryptocurrencies, Student Loans, Investing, Financial Literacy, Advocacy
Crypto Currency Bitcoin value is going wild….again. Michelle Singletary explains why the average person should resist the temptation to get into the game. (WAPO) One week post-announcement, Libra coverage continues. The Economist takes two looks at it: the first article discusses the mechanics of a global digital currency, and the second discusses how it might impact the banking system. US Regulators are looking to dig into this proposal. (CNN) Coin Desk astutely discusses how momentous...