Insights into Student Loan Default

Student loan default is becoming a bigger issue for many young adults. The reason I am writing about this subject is I feel most college bound and current students do not always understand the long-term impact of their student loan borrowing decisions.   I do want to make it clear that no student will be arrested…

College Expectations versus Reality

Each year, Accenture Strategy conducts a survey consisting of current college seniors and the prior two years of college graduates.  The survey size is approximately 2,000 students split 1,000 from each group.  It is a great insight into the picture of college expectations versus reality.  The survey covers a series of topics such as job…

This is what keeps parents, students up at night

Fred Amrein was quoted in the June, 2016 CNBC article titled, “This is what keeps students, parents up at night”.  The author, Jessica Dickler wrote about the difficult task of paying for college and the resulting stress parents feel. Fred is quoted on how families should consider the outcome of college during the college selection…

Student Loans Options for the College Bound Student

Congratulations!  This is an exciting time for both you and your family!  Most families and students have made their college decision and have now moved on to the Senior Proms, high school graduations and parties.  At the same time, colleges are verifying information, organizing orientation days and creating the bill for students planning on attending…

The Best Way to Help a Grandchild With College

John Wasik from the New York Times recently quoted Fred Amrein in his article titled, “The Best Ways to Help a Grandchild with College”.   In the May 27, 2016 article, the author states how a 529 college saving plan can be a college funding vehicle used by grandparents.   Fred gives insights for grandparents on gifting…

College Financial Frustration

Every year, I hear stories about the financial frustration families experienced when the actual decision time arrives for picking their child’s college. Finding a college that includes the right environment, academics and is affordable can be stressful and maybe even painful.  Many parents describe their admission decision process and how they were surprised with the…