4 Questions To Discuss With Your Child Before You Pay For Graduate School

2022-06-29T01:19:50+00:00July 1, 2022|College Planning, Family Financial Information|

Graduate school applications and admissions are on the rise. With more and more students pursuing graduate-level education, it begs the question,  Should parents have to foot that bill, too?  Maybe you’ve already committed funds to your child’s undergraduate degree. Or perhaps this is the first time your child is asking for your help with education expenses. You may find yourself in either situation wondering if you have the resources to fund any part of your [...]

10 Expenses Homebuyers Forget About

2022-06-01T19:46:33+00:00June 22, 2022|Blog, Family Financial Information, Real Estate|

Buying a house is an exciting journey, but it can also be stressful (and costly), especially if you walk into the process unprepared, something far too many people do. In fact, over a third of home buyers said they underestimated the total costs of homeownership.   Sure, the price tag may be the biggest cost up-front—but the sale’s price is just one expense homebuyers must consider. Beyond mortgage and insurance, there are additional costs all new [...]

How To Help Your Teenager Borrow The Right Amount of Money For School

2022-06-09T20:01:16+00:00June 10, 2022|Family Financial Information, Financial Planning Psychology, General Financial Planning|

The U.S doesn’t have the greatest track record for prioritizing financial literacy, especially for children.  A financial literacy study for young adults found that young people didn’t grasp basic financial concepts like budgeting, how stocks and bonds work, interest, taxes, and more. On the 31-question test, the average score for high school students was only 48.3%, and college students didn’t fare much better at 62.2%. These numbers, unfortunately, make sense since many states don’t require [...]

Kids and Credit: When They Need A Card And How To Build Good Credit Early

2022-04-26T21:28:04+00:00May 1, 2022|Blog, Family Financial Information, Financial Planning Psychology, General Financial Planning|

As a financially responsible adult, you likely understand how important good credit is to a successful financial future. Learning sound credit card habits is an excellent way for your child to learn about financial responsibility, independence, and growth. So when should your children start building their credit? Early on, kids must learn that these plastic cards aren’t synonyms with an endless supply of money.  Let’s explore some ideas on how to teach your children about [...]

Should You Open A Roth IRA for Your Kids?

2022-02-01T22:11:58+00:00February 1, 2022|Blog, Family Financial Information, Investments|

While most commonly used as a tax-efficient way to save for retirement, Roth IRAs have some unique traits that make them appealing to investors with many financial goals. In particular, opening Roth IRAs for your minor children may help them get a jumpstart on their financial future. Wait, you can open a Roth IRA for your kids? That’s right!  Investing in a Roth IRA for your kids may open up some critical future opportunities—far more [...]

How Important Are Standardized Test Scores for College Admission?

2022-01-17T13:27:01+00:00January 15, 2022|Blog, College Planning, Family Financial Information|

Institutions have long used standardized tests to measure students' competency in specific subject areas. Some of the more common areas consist of language, math, science, logic, and reasoning.  Students of all ages have come across these tests. From Common Core in elementary school to the ACT and SAT in high school, educators continuously use standardized tests to evaluate students’ intellect.  ACT and SAT scores have been synonymous with college applications for years. These tests leave [...]

Top Tips to Walk Into 2022 With Confidence and Purpose

2022-01-07T13:58:55+00:00December 1, 2021|Blog, Family Financial Information, General Financial Planning, Lifestyle|

With 2022 just around the corner, thoughts of New Year’s resolutions begin to swirl across the country. Among the expected career and health goals, many individuals will resolve to improve their money management skills in the upcoming year. As the importance of financial education steadily grows, there’s no better time to start making deliberate and informed decisions about your finances than right now. But what decisions should you take into account? How will the current [...]

PSLF Overhaul: What You Need to Know

2021-11-10T03:36:39+00:00October 20, 2021|Blog, College Planning, Family Financial Information|

In October 2021, the US Department of Education initiated an overhaul of the existing Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF). Per the US Department of Education: “The Department estimates that the limited waiver alone will help over 550,000 borrowers who had previously consolidated their loans see their progress toward PSLF grow automatically, with the average borrower receiving 23 additional payments. This includes approximately 22,000 borrowers who will be immediately eligible to have their federal student [...]

Roth IRAs Aren’t Just for Retirement, They Can Boost Your College Fund, Too

2022-01-07T14:00:31+00:00October 15, 2021|Blog, College Planning, Family Financial Information|

A Roth IRA for college planning can be an important strategy to help foot the education bill. When you think about saving for college, what’s the first thing that comes to mind (besides worrying that you’ll have enough)? The answer is likely 529 plans, as these are the most commonly discussed vehicles concerning college savings. But there are several other options to consider, like Roth IRAs. Although Roth IRAs are primarily known for retirement savings, [...]

How To Create A Family Budget You’ll Actually Want To Stick With

2021-09-01T16:30:24+00:00September 1, 2021|Blog, Cash Flow Analysis, Family Financial Information|

Budgeting is (for most people) a concept far easier said than done. Setting a budget is one thing, but sticking to it can feel tedious and limiting.  The snag is, building and following a budget serves as the foundation of solid family financial planning. If you know you should do it but haven’t had much luck in the past, the question remains:  How do I build a budget I’ll actually stick to? Thankfully, the answer [...]

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