Student Loans: Use Your Cash Or Take The Loan?

At Your Smart Money Moves, we get questions that we get from clients, through the website, or others that I see on the internet.   Here is a great one I recently came across around student loans. Q: I have about $40,000 saved up with an additional $6,000 in liquid assets that I am using as my emergency fund.  I’m attending graduate school, which will cost me about $50,000 by the time it’s over.  I will be working full time for the years of graduate school, so I believe that I will be able to save the extra $10,000 by the time I need to pay for it.    Should I pay the tuition out of pocket, or take out a low interest student loan at 5%?   I may be wanting to put a down payment on a house in the next five years, but I don’t want to begin accruing interest on student loans that I don’t necessarily have to incur. ...

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Could sitcoms help you get out of debt?

Pop culture is poised on the precipice of a mid-season replacement lineup as networks get ready to roll out their latest offerings, hoping millions will tune into their channels. Many will watch in the hopes of sharpening their punch line delivery skills or getting a hearty chuckle. But few viewers realize that the laughable and lovable characters we welcome into our homes once a week can actually teach us some valuable lessons about managing money and protecting our credit. Whether they're fiscally frugal or free-spending, here's some practical advice from a few classic characters. ...

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