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June 13, 2012 | Ryan Faughnder, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
As Americans continue to borrow more to pay for college, many are confused and frustrated at the process of dealing with private student loans. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau disclosed the depth of the problem Wednesday by publishing nearly 2,000 comments from borrowers, advocacy organizations and other agencies. The federal agency removed names and other identifying information from comments. Many were angry with lenders for not making terms and conditions clear, such as how to consolidate a series of loans.
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BUSINESS
August 12, 2013 | By Shan Li
Tell The Times how your family is dealing with the current job market. Although the economy is slowly picking up, Californians of all ages are struggling with their employment situations and their finances. In many cases, family members are stepping in to help. Are you a twentysomething who is working multiple part-time jobs and living with your parents? A fortysomething supporting your parents or children? A sixtysomething who is facing depleted retirement savings and looking for work?
BUSINESS
December 6, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Americans saw their wealth increase by $1.7 trillion in the third quarter ended in September, a promising sign in the thick of the holiday shopping season. Total household and nonprofit net worth - the difference between the value of assets and liabilities - climbed 2.7% to nearly $64.8 trillion from $63 trillion the previous quarter. A year ago, the gauge was at $58.7 trillion, according to a report Thursday from the Federal Reserve. Households enjoyed a $301 billion bump in the value of their real estate holdings; the value of stock investments increased as well.
BUSINESS
November 11, 2008 | Catherine Ho, Ho is a Times staff writer
Higher college costs and steep losses in college savings plans are forcing students and their parents to borrow more money -- if they can -- to earn bachelor's degrees. Federal officials, fearing that the continuing credit crunch may stymie college financing efforts, tried Saturday to reassure families that funds would be available.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2012 | By Pat Benson
Got a problem making ends meet each month? There's an easy and cheap way to stick to a budget using envelopes. David Colker, an editor in the Business section at the Los Angeles Times, shows how to do it. This method of budgeting was popular in the Great Depression, and it is coming into vogue again in this tough economy. All you do is take an envelope for each category -- say, one for gas, one for food, one for entertainment, one for rent -- and put your budgeted amount of cash in it for the month.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2013 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: I am a junior in college, and I might have to take out a loan my senior year because of financial cuts in the state. Is it really a bad idea to take a loan for college? Answer: No, it's not. You don't want to overdose on education debt, but a student loan that helps you get the right degree could be the best investment you'll ever make. Someone with a college degree will earn on average $2.3 million over the course of a working lifetime, which is $1 million more than the lifetime earnings of someone with just a high school diploma, according to a study by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University in Washington.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
After graduating from Columbia University in the height of the recession and acquiring $120,000 in debt, including 12 student loans from seven servicers, Brendon McQueen was left with a film degree and a six-month grace period before his first loan repayment was due. Frustrated by the lack of options in tracking and managing his various loans, McQueen, like many other entrepreneurs, took matters into his own hands. “I tried to find a tool out there that offered a comprehensive solution, and I couldn't, so I said, 'Well, let's create one,'” McQueen said.  The solution: Tuition.io , a free one-stop-shop website that consolidates all your student loans -- public or private -- into one interface.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2012 | By David Lazarus
College students gone wild? Nope. That crowd on Capitol Hill was students protesting a pending spike in the interest rate for college loans. The rate under the federal Stafford program is scheduled to increase to 6.8% from 3.4% for loans made after June 30. Stafford loans are typically extended to low- and medium-income undergrads to help subsidize their education. The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 cut the interest rates on Stafford loans incrementally over four academic years.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
In December 2009, Ken Ilgunas went public as a van-dwelling graduate student in a widely circulated essay on Salon. Playing off the 1990's man-living-in-a-van-down-by-the-river sketch from "Saturday Night Live," he confessed that to avoid crushing student debt, he'd been camping out in his van while getting a graduate degree at Duke University. How he came exactly to that juncture -- specifically, a university parking lot -- is explained and explored in "Walden on Wheels," Ilgunas' first book.
NEWS
September 4, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Join us at latimes.com for a live video discussion at 2 p.m. Pacific time (5 p.m. Eastern) about the import and impact of the youth vote in the 2012 election. In 2008, President Obama's campaign mantras of hope and change resonated strongly with America's voting youth. He won the presidency with 66% of the 18-to-29-year-old demographic. Fast forward to 2012, the next generation of college students and young voters are faced with overwhelming student debt and an ominous employment outlook while Obama has been in office.
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