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College Budget Breakdown

2021-07-27T19:37:21+00:00July 27th, 2021|

"How much does college cost?" It’s not to say this question isn’t answerable, but grouping college into one huge expense can be a little deceiving. The cost of a degree is so much more than a singular bill—especially if you factor in questions like where you’ll be living, how you’ll get from point

Advance Child Tax Credit Payments in 2021

2021-07-12T18:11:31+00:00June 29th, 2021|

The IRS has announced that there will be significant changes to the Child Tax Credit beginning in July 2021. CHILD TAX CREDIT 101 The IRS has announced that there will be significant changes to the Child Tax Credit beginning in Summer 2021. These changes aim to help families who may need additional

Out of Work

2021-04-29T18:53:26+00:00April 16th, 2021|

Losing a job unexpectedly can leave you feeling unsure of what to do next. There are a few important steps to take that can help you shore up your funds while you search for your next job. OUT OF WORK Emergency Funds A healthy emergency fund is one of the most vital ways

Personal Bankruptcy

2021-06-08T19:25:15+00:00April 16th, 2021|

Bankruptcy is a tool that can help you find financial stability—as a last resort. Understanding Bankruptcy Congress created the Bankruptcy Code, a breakdown of ways a debtor can plan to get out of debt when their creditors are trying to collect. The option to file for personal bankruptcy is there to help a

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Auto Financing Calculator

2021-04-16T02:01:48+00:00April 16th, 2021|

Low Rate vs. Cash Back Auto Financing Calculator HOW IT WORKS When buying a car, you may be faced with either a cash-back incentive or a lower interest rate. This calculator outlines the total amount you’ll pay with either option, comparing total savings.Enter the price, down payment, loan term, and interest rate (not the low offer rate) for

Personal Loan Calculator

2021-04-16T01:56:30+00:00April 16th, 2021|

Coach: Personal Loan Calculator HOW IT WORKS Ultimately, you can reduce how much you pay toward your personal loan, if you calculate the right amount of money to pay each month. This calculator will help you see how long it will take to pay off your personal loan using your loan’s interest rate and the amount owed.First, enter

The Cost of a Wedding

2021-06-03T21:03:58+00:00April 16th, 2021|

Coach: The Cost of a Wedding HOW IT WORKS Successfully planning a wedding within your budget is challenging but rewarding. This Coach offers assistance in estimating wedding costs specific to you and your partner’s wedding plans. It’s designed to help you get a head start on deciding where, when, and how you’ll be hosting your event. To

Financial Wellness Assessment

2021-04-15T21:45:50+00:00April 15th, 2021|

Coach: Financial Wellness Assessment HOW IT WORKS The Financial Wellness Assessment lets you take a step back, analyze your spending, budgeting, and saving habits so you can reflect on how you’re currently managing personal finances. This assessment addresses your individual financial decisions and goals before giving you recommendations on where you can improve and how to get

Refinancing Loans

2021-04-15T21:32:50+00:00April 15th, 2021|

Making payments on a loan with suboptimal terms can make you feel trapped. Sometimes refinancing can help you find more suitable terms for the loan. Essentially, refinancing replaces an old loan with a new one with terms that are better for your situation. But it’s not all fanfare and applause—there are tradeoffs associated with refinancing.

Your Tax Return Pre-Game

2021-03-24T13:05:18+00:00March 23rd, 2021|

Your Tax Return Pre-Game HOW IT WORKS Filing taxes can be intimidating—but not when you have a game plan. In this Coach session, learn the basics of filing your taxes, and how key factors like filing status, deductions, and credits influence what you owe (or get back!). To begin, select Get Started. Follow the prompts, answer the questions,

Leaving a Job with a 401(K)

2020-10-30T20:24:20+00:00October 30th, 2020|

When you leave a job with a 401(k), you’ll generally have four options for what to do with the money. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, so deciding what’s right for you will depend on your situation and preferences. Leave the Money in Your Old Account If you have more than $5,000 in

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Find a Place to Rent

2020-08-07T14:39:09+00:00August 7th, 2020|

For many, picking the right house or apartment in a tight rental market is daunting, but by preparing in advance, you're more likely to find the perfect place to call home. While renting requires less immediate cash and fewer obligations than owning a home, that doesn't mean that it's cheap or easy, or

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