Posts by Carol Katarsky

Carol Katarsky is a contributing writer for Nitro. She is an award-winning journalist with extensive experience writing about both finance and education. Her corporate and non-profit clients include AIG, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Project Management Institute. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and one cat more than she should.
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Whether you child is 17 months or 17 years, chances are you've heard other parents talking about whether or not they use a 529 plan, and if so, how much they have saved in it for college. But a lot of parents and caregivers only have a foggy idea of how they work. 

The big advantage of 529 plans is that they allow families to save for future college expenses while also getting some tax breaks. We've got a breakdown of the basics you need to select, open, and begin funding a 529 plan for your future college student. 

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One of the few not-awful things to come out of the pandemic was that the feds gave people a break from paying their student loans. 

But nothing lasts forever and that’s true for the student loan payment "pause." At some point,  you'll need to start making those payments again.

We’ll walk you through what’s new and what your options are.

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If you’re a student loan borrower whose loan is being serviced by Navient, you may have heard the company is going to be transferring its loans to another company. What does that mean for you?

There is a lot going on behind the scenes, but the good news is the impact on you should be minimal. But you should still know what’s happening.

Below, we’ve got a breakdown of what’s changing and what you need to know.

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You may have heard that Granite State Management is going to stop servicing federal student loans. If they service your loan, you’re probably wondering what that means for you.

We’ve got the information you’re looking for. Read on for the latest.

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If you have a student loan serviced by FedLoan you may have heard that the company will be transferring its loans to other companies. What does that mean for you? The good news: You don’t have to do much. But the process can sure sound confusing, so it’s understandable if you have questions.

Keep reading for a breakdown of what you need to know.

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There are lot of things to worry about when you send your kid off to college for the first time. How to keep them safe when you’re not entirely sure what they’re doing is a top concern for most parents and guardians. 

We’ve got the info you need to know about what’s going on now, and how you can prepare your student to make wise decisions on their own.

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