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Marketplace Money for Friday, August 30, 2013
Aug 30, 2013

Marketplace Money for Friday, August 30, 2013

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For the next few weeks, we're focusing on tThe American Dream. This weekend's show is about college. It is often seen as the path to financial mobility and security. Better paying job. A chance to save for retirement. Buying a home. But talking about college means talking about student loans. It means talking about affordability and family conversations about choices. How should we think about costs? What can you do to save for college? And what are your options to manage debt? 

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Books for your summer reading list

Aug 9, 2013
Our friends in finance share some of their favorite books for your summer reading list.

Does the government make money from student loans?

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Aug 30, 2013
We hear all the time that student loan debt is on the rise, and isn't likely to slow down anytime soon. For all those federal loans, though, does the government really make any money?

Paying for college: We don't spend as much as we think

Aug 30, 2013
The cost of college is rising faster than inflation. But when you take financial aid into account, it’s gone up only modestly faster than inflation.

Advice on 529s and other college savings plans

Aug 30, 2013
Breaking down the pros and cons of college savings plans.

Setting limits: Advice on paying for college

Aug 30, 2013
For many families, paying for college is a balancing act. You want to give your child the best options, but you don't know how to talk about what you can afford.

Quiz: Unusual scholarships for college

Aug 30, 2013
Scholarships are usually awarded for the best and the brightest, but there are other off-beat scholarships available.

Is student loan debt the next housing crisis?

Aug 30, 2013
As more and more debt piles on, many make comparisons between this bubble and the one that burst a few years back: housing. But are they really that similar?

For the next few weeks, we’re focusing on tThe American Dream. This weekend’s show is about college. It is often seen as the path to financial mobility and security. Better paying job. A chance to save for retirement. Buying a home. But talking about college means talking about student loans. It means talking about affordability and family conversations about choices. How should we think about costs? What can you do to save for college? And what are your options to manage debt?