Monthly Archives: September 2007

Working or not?

For a number of my friends, formal education didn’t stop at our undergraduate commencement. Many are now taking graduate level classes towards a master’s degree. Some are taking classes on top of a full-time job, some are working part-time and… Continue reading

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Kickstart your college scholarship search

Anyone interested in free money for college? Scholarships aren’t always easy to come by, but they’re definitely worth the effort. If you’re a high school senior, you should begin your scholarship search now. Deadlines come up very quickly, and some… Continue reading

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On-campus decadence?

I just returned from a quick business trip to Las Vegas , the city of ultimate decadence. But not to worry — much to my mother’s chagrin (she loves to play the penny slots), I didn’t gamble a cent. While I… Continue reading

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Money doesn’t grow on trees

A funny story comes to mind about my son when he was about 5 years old. He assumed that since Mommy works at a bank, she can just get money out anytime she wants. Oh, if it were only that… Continue reading

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How I made $600 without even trying

“Pssst! Hey, buddy, can I interest you in some free cash?” Most people would run away or think, “Yeah, right. What’s the catch?” But earlier this year, I did indeed get a check for $600 – and I didn’t have… Continue reading

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What it takes

Most students head off to college full of anticipation. Your life’s finally getting started, you’ve got a newfound independence and you’re on way to a real career. I hate to be a Debbie Downer  here, but despite all those high… Continue reading

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Where did summer go? On the credit card?

What was our big summer trip this year? We didn’t go Costa Maya, Costa Brava , or Costa Rica — but it sure did “costa lotta!” Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun. Our family vacation was a road trip to “The Happiest… Continue reading

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Back-to-school blues

I used to love back-to-school time. Now, I still share Staci’s love of school supplies, but as a parent, “back to school” time can be hard sometimes. The first time you send your kid off to school it’s tough —… Continue reading

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The student loan I almost borrowed

A while back I told a reader that I’d faced my own Stafford Loan conundrum in college. If you’ve been reading the Student LoanDown for a while, you know I didn’t take on any student loan debt to attend college,… Continue reading

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No gifts, please

Today the Student LoanDown blog celebrates its first anniversary! A year ago, I wasn’t sure if we’d reach this milestone. I strongly believed in our blog and its mission, but I was concerned that a Wells Fargo blog about education… Continue reading

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