Category: Student Loans

Question of the Day; What is the average cost of tuition and fees at public 4 year colleges in your state?

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Nov 06, 2018
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Question of the Day, Paying for College, Student Loans
Answers will vary Here's a link to the spreadsheet with the answer for each of the 50 states.  Questions: How did you do with your guess? Did you under or over-estimate the average cost? This question was about tuition and fees. What is another major cost for students going to college? How does knowing the “correct” answer affect the way you think about college? This research surveyed 9th graders. Do you think the results would be different if they surveyed 12th graders?...

Question of the Day: Who is more likely to buy a home: a 25-30 year old with no student debt or one with more than $50k in student debt?

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Oct 24, 2018
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Question of the Day, Student Loans, Mortgages, Research, Chart of the Week
Answer: 25-30 Year Old with $50K in student debt Hat tip to NGPF Fellow Brian Page for sharing this awesome Question of the Day and chart below that he has used successfully in his classroom.   Questions: Overall, what has been the trend with all 25-30 year olds buying homes since 2005? What might explain this? [Hint: What happened in 2008-09?] Why do you think that 25-30 year olds who are current with $50K in student debt buy homes at greater rate than those with no student debt?...

FinCap Friday: Tuition, Fees, & Books, Oh My!

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Sep 27, 2018
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FinCap Fridays, Paying for College, Student Loans, Question of the Day
In the second part of our two-part FinCap Friday series on colleges, we tackle the cost side of the equation and describe the various ways that families pay for college. Your students will walk away with tools to help them make this process a little less daunting:  New to NGPF's FinCap Friday? It's a fun way to engage your students with current events and includes: A five question Kahoot! A 90 second video providing details about the current event and explaining why it matters to students...

Chart of the Week: Credit Profiles for 18-22 Year Olds

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Sep 12, 2018
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Chart of the Week, Credit Cards, Student Loans, Behavioral Finance
I love this chart from a recent Wall Street Journal article because it captures the state of credit for young people just getting started in building their credit history:    Questions: What credit type is most prevalent among 18-22 year olds? 23-29 year olds?  Which type of loan has the highest balance for 18-22 year olds? 23-29 year olds?  At what age do you think you will have the following: Credit card Retail store card Auto loan Student loan Which type of...

Question of the Day: How many Americans have over $1,000,000 in student debt?

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Aug 28, 2018
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Question of the Day, Paying for College, Student Loans
Answer: 101 Hat tip to NGPF Fellow, James Redelsheimer of Robbinsdale Armstrong High School of Plymouth, Minnesota for providing today's Question of the Day.  Questions: Did you think it was possible to have this much student debt? Analyzing the graph on the previous slide, what types of degrees typically result in the largest amount of student debt? Do you think someone with this much debt should be able to have some it forgiven by the government? Why or why not? Click here for...

What I'm Reading This Weekend - July 7-8

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Jul 06, 2018
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Current Events, Economics, Student Loans, Personal Finance, Retirement
Economy This detailed Vox article explains what recent Supreme Court rulings at the end of this term mean for American business and the future of Antitrust. Economics nerds will enjoy the good examples of monopoly and monopsony here. How do American workers fare compared to their counterparts across the world? Maybe not so well. “Only Spain and Greece, whose economies have been ravaged by the euro-zone crisis, have more households earning less than half the nation’s median income...

Cartoons: A (Not So) Humorous Look at Student Loans

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Jul 04, 2018
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Paying for College, Cartoons, Student Loans
They say there is a little truth in all humor... Questions: What is the consistent theme running through all the comics? How do you think student debt is affecting borrowers post-college lives? Do a Google search to research online if there is evidence that student loans impact: Relationships Big-ticket purchases (e.g., auto loans) Living arrangements (independent vs. living at home) What are strategies you can use to prevent student loans from having such a dramatic impact on your life...

What I'm Reading This Weekend (June 30-July 1)

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Jun 29, 2018
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Personal Finance, Economics, Student Loans, Current Events, Taxes, Credit Cards, Credit Scores
Economics Here is an interesting, though depressing look at the employment trends and lack of upward mobility among workers in the lowest quartile. The markets seem to be taking the impending trade war seriously this week. Student Loans Student debt forgiveness is good news. The bad news? Forgiveness comes with a tax bill. Employers offering help repaying student loans to attract workers in a tight labor market. Personal Finance Taxes: Have you heard about the post card sized 1040? Here is...

Question of the Day: Do consumers struggle more with repaying mortgage debt or student loan debt?

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Jun 03, 2018
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Student Loans, Question of the Day, Paying for College, Mortgages
Answer Student loan debt. Student loans had a 10.7% delinquency rate (over 90 days past due) vs. mortgage debt which had a delinquency rate of 1.2% in 1Q 2018.  Questions: What is the major difference between how a lender evaluates a consumer taking out a mortgage vs. how the government evaluates a student taking out a federal student loan?  What do you think happens if someone stops making payments on their mortgage? On their student loan?  Why do you think that more than 1 in...

What I'm Reading this Weekend......May 26-28

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May 25, 2018
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Current Events, Personal Finance, Student Loans, Economics, Savings, Paying for College
A long weekend so the list and a couple of the articles are a bit longer. Savings and Wealth I plan to dig into this one more this weekend from an NYT opinion piece by the authors of a study on wealth inequality and families. (There is a link to their paper in the article, if you want to really take a deeper dive.) Think having a million dollars in the bank makes you rich? Not according to bankers: bankers define rich as $25 million. The number of 401k millionaires at the end of the first...

Looking for engaging, end-of-year activities for your students? Here are 5 that will improve their financial futures!

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May 22, 2018
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Activities, Credit Scores, Investing, Paying for College, Student Loans
It’s that time of year again! Echoes of Alice Cooper jolt you from your bed. Schoooool’s OUT… a little while longer! You wolf down 3 cups of coffee and schlep to school. The hallways are abuzz before first period. State testing has wrapped. Sunshine and summertime beckon from just beyond, and students seem to be itching to do anything but learn. You have to summon everything in your power to keep your students engaged this deep into the waning school year. NGPF is here to...

What I Am Reading This Weekend (May 19-20)

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May 18, 2018
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Credit Cards, Current Events, Student Loans, Behavioral Finance
Busy week..Happy Friday! Here's what caught my attention that I'll be reading this weekend. Enjoy! Student loans It's a new perk in many companies..but should companies help their employees pay off their student loans? The Atlantic weighs in.  Federal student loans for the new school year are set and they are....here's the article that describes why the rate is rising.  He was an expert on student loans, until he wasn't. Inside the story of the mysterious Drew Cloud. ...

Question of the Day: What is the #1 source of information for high school seniors when it comes to paying for college?

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May 14, 2018
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Paying for College, Question of the Day, Research, Student Loans
Answer: Teachers and counselors  Here's the top 3 sources: Teachers and counselors: 65% College websites/brochures: 57% Speaking with family members, other than parents: 46% Questions: What sources have you turned to/will you use in order to learn more about college costs?  Which source has been most helpful to you? Least helpful? Have you received conflicting advice about college? How do you deal with that situation where you are getting differing advice from these sources? ...

What I am Reading (May 12 and 13)

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May 11, 2018
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Stocks, Student Loans, Credit Cards, Paying for College, Research, Current Events
Filling in for Beth this week with the weekend reads...Enjoy! Across the pond...the Bank of England launched a program to improve financial literacy. "The econoME programme will give young people greater economic and financial awareness, equipping them with the skills to make more informed decisions about personal financial choices." How did the Great Recession affect those with student debt? Hint: It delayed a lot of decisions.  90% of Americans believe that personal finance...

Digging Deeper--College Students are Anxious about Money

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Apr 23, 2018
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Paying for College, Research, Current Events, Student Loans
In the course of seven years of teaching personal finance to college students, I have had my share of experiences facing a silent audience, unwilling to engage. It is especially difficult to deal with if, on occasion, you have had a group that is totally engaged in the topic with no effort on your part.  This has been a great source of frustration as an educator.  I had trouble understanding why the students would decide to take the class or show up for a workshop on personal finance,...