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How to pay in-state tuition rates at out-of-state colleges

Families looking to trim college costs often steer their students toward public colleges in their home state instead of public colleges in another state or private institutions. Public colleges and universities typically charge two different tuition rates: one for state residents and another, much...

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  • Chicago startup teams with Target to take on Amazon Alexa voice search

    Chicago startup teams with Target to take on Amazon Alexa voice search

    Chicago-based startup AddStructure has landed partnerships with four major online retailers, including Target, to launch a product meant to rival Amazon’s Alexa. The partnerships came through the inaugural Techstars Retail Accelerator, held in collaboration with Target at its Minneapolis headquarters. ...

  • Basecamp designer is the Android guy in a 'responsibly quirky' culture

    Basecamp designer is the Android guy in a 'responsibly quirky' culture

    What's it really like to work at Chicago startups and tech companies? Blue Sky's Inside Job lets people on the ground tell us in their own words.  Jamie Dihiansan, 41, Graphic Designer on the Android team for Basecamp Basecamp is software for small businesses to keep track of a lot of different...

  • BuffetGo lets you grab restaurant food cheap at closing time

    BuffetGo lets you grab restaurant food cheap at closing time

    BuffetGo, a Los Angeles-based startup that lets people buy end-of-day buffet meals for cheap, wants less food to end up in landfills.  The company, which was founded in 2014, expanded to Chicago on Friday. Its first local client is Baker Miller, the James Beard-nominated bakery with locations in...

  • Hundreds laid off at Chicago-based Motorola Mobility

    Hundreds laid off at Chicago-based Motorola Mobility

    Chicago-based Motorola Mobility is shrinking again: Lenovo said Monday it was laying off hundreds of its 55,000 employees, with the majority of the cuts at Moto. Beijing-based Lenovo said in a statement the cuts affect "less than two percent" of its global employees and are part of its ongoing...

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  • Best times to save some money

    Best times to save some money

    Benjamin Franklin said that time is money. And so is timing. Whether your goal is to boost your credit score or save on airfare, it can make a difference when you take care of financial business. Check your credit reports: Two months before you apply for credit is a good time to order your reports...

  • Retirement chart can ensure you have enough money

    Retirement chart can ensure you have enough money

    Matching your future costs to income is one of the most important steps in the run-up to retirement. Sit down and start a chart that shows how much you'll need and how much you'll have.  Start by identifying fixed expenses, including food, housing, insurance and taxes, along with more-flexible...

  • Discuss your retirement expectations with spouse

    Discuss your retirement expectations with spouse

    Even rock-solid couples can discover that they have different goals or expectations for retirement. “He wants to live at the beach; she wants to live in the mountains. He hopes to spend more time with her; she wants to spend more time with the grandchildren,” says John Sweeney, executive vice president...

  • Can teens open Roth IRAs?

    Can teens open Roth IRAs?

    Q: My teenage son is working as an umpire for youth baseball games and is earning money for the first time. Can he contribute to a Roth IRA even though he's only 15 years old? Which companies offer good Roth IRAs for kids? A: There's no minimum age requirement to open a Roth IRA, so your son can...

Jill On Money

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  • Juggling needs of aging parents, children who need financial help

    Juggling needs of aging parents, children who need financial help

    According to Pew Research, nearly half (47 percent) of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent age 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a grown child. The so-called Sandwich Generation is busy juggling the financial and physical needs of their parents and...

  • Gender equity on Wall Street still a long way off

    Gender equity on Wall Street still a long way off

    In 1987, when I started my first full-time job as a derivatives trader on the floor of the Commodities Exchange in New York (COMEX), there was no mention of workplace sexual harassment. I was told explicitly that the environment on the trading floor was “rough and tumble,” and that if I wanted...

  • Predicting the next debt bubble

    Predicting the next debt bubble

    As of June 30, total household indebtedness was $12.29 trillion, 10.2 percent above the recent low of 2013, but 3.1 percent below the peak seen in 2008. But not all debt is created equal. In fact, every time the Federal Reserve Bank of New York releases its quarterly report on household debt, various...

  • Think carefully before tapping retirement funds for college

    Think carefully before tapping retirement funds for college

    “Sometimes self-interested is the most generous thing you can be.” This line from playwright Tony Kushner came to mind after I fielded a question about using retirement funds to pay for tuition. For most people, tapping retirement accounts or funding college education before retirement is a bad...

Terry Savage

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  • Help is out there for seniors, disabled in debt

    Help is out there for seniors, disabled in debt

    Imagine being a senior citizen living on Social Security and perhaps a small fixed pension and trying to deal with the rising costs of living. Or imagine being a disabled person with no hope of earning enough to make ends meet. You've been forced to use your credit card to survive, and the balances...

  • Pay attention to changes in applying for student aid

    Pay attention to changes in applying for student aid

    There's a big change coming in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and those changes start Oct. 1. Under rules enacted in 2015, the date for submission this year is earlier than in past years — and if you delay you might miss out on a lot of money. If you're the parent of a high school...

  • Social Security's looming shortfall must be addressed

    Social Security's looming shortfall must be addressed

    Will you receive your Social Security check? It's a question that's about to divide generations and confront politicians. AARP is creating a national campaign to get this serious issue discussed in the presidential campaign. So far, however, candidates at both the presidential and congressional...

  • Your credit card debt needs to be tackled

    Your credit card debt needs to be tackled

    I don’t mean to be a nag, but your credit card balance is growing again. Have you forgotten your promise to never carry a balance from month to month and not to make only minimum payments? When you add in that new auto loan, your debt is starting to be a problem. No, I didn’t hack into your personal...

Kids & Money

  • Latest IRS scam involves federal student taxes

    Latest IRS scam involves federal student taxes

    The latest scammer tool to pry money from unsuspecting college students? Amazingly, iTunes gift cards. That's the strange warning from the Internal Revenue Service about a tactic cropping up across the country at the start of the school year. The IRS issued a warning on Aug. 18 that tax agency...

      • New rules would curb aggressive debt collectors

        New rules would curb aggressive debt collectors

        When I started getting calls from debt collectors more than 10 years ago, I assured them repeatedly that they had the wrong guy. The Steve Rosen they were looking for, who had past-due student loans and credit card debts and was behind on child support payments, had a different middle name and...

          • Learning to use credit cards responsibly

            Learning to use credit cards responsibly

            Don't use a credit card on any purchase that will be consumed by the time the statement arrives. That's long been one of my standard rules when advising teens and 20-somethings about using plastic responsibly. Don't swipe the credit card to pay for a pizza, an iced latte or any other food or beverage,...

              • Books to get kids thinking about saving this summer

                Books to get kids thinking about saving this summer

                It's an age-old problem for parents: how to prevent their kids from hitting the summer slide. Over the past few years, new research has provided a growing body of understanding of how reading books during the summer can prevent the loss of reading proficiency and boost confidence. Here's how to...

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