Did you know that one out of every four adults in the United States is currently paying off their student loan debt? There are more than 44 million Americans who owe a combined $1.5 trillion in student loans. Imagine receiving your college diploma one day, and then getting a statement from a financial...

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Ouch. The cost of a college degree can be downright painful to contemplate if you’re thinking of heading in that direction. According to Forbes, tuition and fees at colleges and universities have grown by more than 1,200 percent over the past 30 years. Many students and their parents look at the steep...

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Sometimes in writing this blog it feels like I’m preaching to the choir. You wouldn’t be reading this is you didn’t have an interest in exploring the trades. On a positive note, it’s also catching on with the public at-large and well as our political leaders. I read more and more articles in...

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It’s both interesting and frustrating. When it comes to language, seldom is there just one and only one word to describe something. It’s why some of us say we have a job, while others say it’s a career, and yet a different group might refer to it as a vocation. These three terms generally mean...

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It was never much of a secret. People just weren’t paying attention. There are tens of thousands of current job openings for positions that can pay you more than workers whose jobs require a bachelor’s degree. If you don’t want to sit all day at a desk in front of a computer and the idea […]

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In my last blog I addressed the phenomenal growth of people attending college. In 1940 only around 5% of Americans held a college degree. Now, the figure is over 35%, and around two-thirds of Americans have attended college at some point. Along the way has come an even more dramatic increase in the cost...

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Location, location, location. If the real estate industry has taught us anything over the years, it’s that one’s location is the most important of housing considerations. And as it turns out, location might also play a factor in your ability to pay off student loan debt. Student loan debt is working...

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If you’re in high school right now, it may seem like all of your classmates are planning to go to a four-year college after high school graduation but that is not the case.  For many, it’s the cost which, according to the U.S. Department of Education, can exceed $93,000. For others, it’s the thought...

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Many social pressures compel people to go to college whether they want to or not, whether they can afford to or not. This wasn’t always the case. Prior to World War II, less than 5% of American adults held a college degree. Only jobs at the highest professional levels required one. A big change occurred...

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