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Obama pitches new student loan rules, blasts GOP

June 9, 2014
By David Jackson

WASHINGTON — President Obama is devoting much of his week to the rising costs of student loans, starting Monday with a package of proposals designed to make re-payments easier.

Flanked by students gathered at the White House, Obama authorized expansion of a program that lets borrowers cap monthly loan re-payments at 10% of income.

The president also criticized congressional Republicans for what he described as backing tax breaks for the wealthy while opposing plans to reduce interest rates on college loans.

"If you're a big oil company, they'll go to bat for you," Obama said. "If you're a student, good luck."

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 Huff Post Fin Ed

Having 'The Talk' With Your College-Bound Student

June 2, 2014
By Mary Johnson

With high school graduation ceremonies in full swing, it is easy to overlook some important money lessons for college-bound students. Parents may be experiencing a little trepidation and separation anxiety over their child leaving home, but having the "money talk" is a great way to stay connected and still make a positive difference in their lives. The majority of new college students have had little experience managing money on their own, and parents should not assume they have learned this elsewhere as only 17 states require high school students to take a personal finance course.

How the subject is broached does take a little forethought, as the last thing you want to do is make it sound like yet another lecture. Setting a tone of trust and openness is a sign of your recognition of their growth and independence -- and you might be surprised at how eager they are to learn. Here are some suggestions for getting started:

Start with the basics

Assess how much your child may or may not already know. If you have been managing their finances for them up until now, you'll have to start at the beginning including how to open and manage a bank account, how to write a check and how to get money out of an ATM. Talk about the importance of paying bills on time, keeping track of transactions and spending, and making sure they keep enough in their account so that don't overdraft. Consider having them sit with you while you pay some of your own bills so they can get a better sense of how much things cost and the monthly budget cycle.

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 UB new 2014

Money missteps on campus
Student financial literacy efforts tackle the most common personal finance blunders

May 21, 2014
By Sonya Stinson

From managing loans to controlling spending, many college students find themselves dealing with a host of financial responsibilities for the very first time. And it’s not uncommon for them to trip up.

Campus financial literacy programs can help students steer clear of some of their most common financial mistakes. The challenge for educators is to find creative and clever ways to get their attention.

Even a fun title for a financial literacy course helps. For instance, at Adelphi University in New York, business professor Rakesh Gupta teaches the first-year seminar “Your Money and Your Life.” Gupta, formerly the dean of Adelphi’s Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, developed the course a decade ago with a grant from the Citigroup Foundation. Like other university faculty members and administrators pushing financial literacy nationwide, Gupta aims to show students that good financial decisions and a good life go hand in hand.

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Get extra credit! Five money lessons for the Class of 2014
With student loan debt at record levels, financial planning for post grads has never been more crucial

May 19, 2014
BY Phyllis Furman

Start your post-college life off right by getting money-wise.

You've made it through Asian Art, Advanced Physics and 20th Century Literature - and you still have a lot to learn.

College graduation should be the time when young people set off on the path to financial independence.

But the truth is, many college grads are close to clueless when it comes to basic financial literacy.

In a recent Money Matters on Campus survey of 65,000 college students across the country, respondents were able to answer just 2.3 out of six basic financial knowledge questions. Topics included things like net worth and emergency funds.

In general, guys showed more financial smarts, but but women behaved more responsibly.

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