Apr 15, 2011

Marketplace Money for Friday, April 15, 2011

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Marketplace Money for Friday, April 15, 2011

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Picking a College 101

Apr 15, 2011
Students are deciding what college to attend. So here's some advice: Choose the one that's cheaper.

A new digital tool for finding financial aid

Apr 15, 2011
Combining social media with scholarships, Connect Fund is a new tool college students can use to find financial aid specifically tailored to them. And it came from the mind of a fellow college attendee.

Are mortgage servicers doing enough?

Apr 15, 2011
This week, 14 mortgage servicers cut a deal with federal regulators to change the foreclosure process. They also said they'd review foreclosures that took place in 2009 and 2010. But for many consumers, including some of the nearly two million households in foreclosure, that's not enough.

The mortgage-free life

Apr 15, 2011
The number of Americans who own their homes outright has changed over the decades. In 1950, more than half were free and clear of a mortgage. Now, as Jennifer Guerra tells us, it's far less than that. But she did find some.

Do you know what bank fees you're paying?

Apr 15, 2011
Tess Vigeland talks to Reuters personal finance columnist Mitch Lipka about the challenge consumers face when trying to find out about potential fees related to bank accounts.

Getting Personal: College and retirement

Apr 15, 2011
Tess Vigeland and Marketplace's economics editor Chris Farrell answer listener questions. This week Chris helps a dad figure out how he can pay for his daughter's college tuition and he offers advice on how to invest in retirement accounts.

Gulf residents debate whether to get compensation from BP

Apr 15, 2011
Through all the conflicting data on the impact of the BP oil spill, Gulf residents are trying to quantify past, current and future damages so they can get compensated. Some are considering refusing the money, but retaining the right to sue the company.

Tips for winning scholarships

Apr 15, 2011
Tess talks to FinAid.org's Mark Katrowitz about myths about financial aid and how students and parents can win extra scholarship money.

You are what you drive: A photo essay

Apr 15, 2011
Nostalgia, power, economy, independence: These are some of the emotions that connect Americans to their automobiles. View a slideshow of car memories from the Marketplace staff (yes, that's Kai Ryssdal in a 1971 Olds) and share your photos.
Marketplace Host Kai Ryssdal on cars: "Wow, this makes me a little sad. Then - 1971 Oldsmobile convertible (in photo), red/white top, went about a million miles an hour. Now - Honda minivan with 150-thousand miles on it."
Kai Ryssdal/Marketplace

Giving your kid more financial control

Apr 15, 2011
Tess Vigeland awards the inaugural Marketplace Money Piggy Award to a father who developed a new system of allowance for his daughter.