Imagine being ready for retirement but still making payments on your own or your child's student loan debt.
Working-poor parents and guardians may be eligible for $50,000 policies to pay for their kids' educations. And yes, it really is free.
You can substantially reduce the cost of a college education if you plan ahead.
College costs are rising around the country, but these schools are actually lowering their prices in an effort to attract students from middle-income families.
Several states have added 'until funds depleted' policies on student grants, while others are tightening deadlines for applications.
Meanwhile, the number of people filing for bankruptcy fell sharply. Don't count on that to last.
The increasingly heavy yoke of student loan debt means that a generation of Americans is choosing education over homeownership, whether they realize it or not.
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