Kate Dore is a Nashville-based freelance personal finance writer and Candidate for Certified Financial Planner™ Certification. She teaches financial literacy with Junior Achievement and writes for Credit Karma, John Hancock, Mass Mutual, and Lively. Her work has also been published in Business Insider and Financial Planning Magazine.
Avoid These Financial Mistakes in Your 30's
In your 20s, it's normal to explore, grow, and fail as you're building a life and career. And after a decade of living on your own, it's possible you've made your share of money mistakes. Your 30s are the perfect time to get back on track—if you can avoid these financial pitfalls.
How to Apply for Student Loans – Both Federal and Private Student Loans
While it may not be your first choice, applying for student loans can be essential for paying for college. After exploring grant and scholarship options, you may be ready to apply for student loans. But first, you need to understand the process. Here’s what you need to know about how to apply for federal student loans and how to apply for private student loans.
6 Big Moves to Pay Off Student Loan Debt
Whether you're dealing with a large or small amount of student loan debt, it’s likely you’re eager to make the final payment. While student loans can feel never-ending, you have more options than you think. If you're itching to shorten the payoff timeline—and become debt-free faster—try one of these big moves.
Are Student Loans Worth It?
Every year, college graduates hope to make the leap from student to the workforce. Two-thirds of students graduate with student loans, with an average balance of $29,990. Student loans can be a burden, especially at the beginning of one’s career. With the average starting salary of around $52,000, many wonder if their investment will pay off. Unfortunately, there isn't a simple answer. Here's how to figure out if student loans are worth it for your family.