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Playlist: Mortgages and college

Posted by Christina Huh

For Marketplace, Money Friday, April 15, 2011

This week's show touches on one of the biggest -- and possibly most expensive -- financial decision in your life: College. Mark Katrowitz of FinAid.org just wrote a book on tips for winning scholarships and he shares some of them with Tess. We also learn about a new tool that merges social media and scholarships. And freelance journalist Jenn Miller also gives her two cents on picking colleges: Pick the cheapest one. Chris Farrell also helps a father decide how to fund his daughter's education.

Another big financial decision is your mortgage. We talk to a family who's mortgage-free -- one of the lucky third of Americans who are. And also we look into whether mortgage servicers are changing the foreclosure process enough to prevent another housing meltdown.

Reporter Eve Troeh sees how fishermen in the Gulf are fairing, one year after the BP oil spill. Reuters blogger Mitch Lipka also talked to Tess about the shadowy world of bank fees.

TGIF. Here are the songs we played:

  • Positive - Sly & The Family StoneBuy
  • Same Dream China - Golden PandaBuy
  • Broken Levee Blues - DJ ShadowBuy
  • God Put A Smile Upon Your Face - Mark RonsonBuy
  • D-Tension - Gotta Be SomethingBuy

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