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Maybe you've dreamed of graduating from a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), but you can't find a way to go full-time. Or, maybe your preferred school is too far away from you live now, and it would be too expensive to relocate or commute. 

Good news: You can still earn your degree and participate in the HBCU experience by earning your degree online. With an online degree, you may not have the campus experience but you'll still enjoy many of the benefits of attending an HBCU, including specialized courses of study, the name recognition of your alma mater, and access to alumni networks.

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If you're thinking about getting your degree accounting degree online, you're probably wondering what your career outlook might be on the other side of your diploma.

The good news is that job prospects are solid for people who graduate with accredited online accounting degrees. With the recent explosion of online school options, including some from highly respected brick-and-mortar schools, online degrees have lost much of the stigma they had several years ago. Key: Make sure your degree is from a properly accredited school in order to make the most of your career opportunities. 

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Once again, women find themselves on unequal footing. This time, it’s student loan debt.

A recent report, Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans, by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), found that student loans are burdening women disproportionately. Women of color, low-income women, and female students who drop out before getting their degree suffered to an even greater extent.

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Managing a serious disability is difficult, no matter what your life situation. Throwing in student loan debt on top of an unexpected medical condition can make things feel downright unmanageable. 

Fortunately, some borrowers who are disabled may be able to discharge all of their federal student loans.  If you have federal loans and are considered permanently and totally disabled, you may qualify. 

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You've probably been in some sort of money-related dilemma among friends before. A group of you go out to eat, you share a lot of items but some of your friends ordered more than you did, and you don't want to annoy the server by getting complicated about how you're splitting the bill.

Venmo, an app that allows you to send and receive money with the click of a button, has made these situations much easier. So Comet recently examined 18 million transactions to see how people use Venmo, and specifically the different ways men and women use emojis to communicate through the app.

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You put a lot of energy into getting a solid education. And yes, you racked up significant student loan debt at the same time. Now you’re ready to take some big financial steps, and you’re wondering whether that debt load will be a barrier.

Your student loan debt is part of the total debt picture lenders will look at when they’re determining your creditworthiness—whether you’re applying for a credit card, a car, or a mortgage.

So how can student loans raise or lower your credit score? Let’s take a closer look.

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