March 1, 2013 |
Families aren't saving enough for college, students are falling deeper into debt and nearly 13% of graduates owe more than $50,000, according to new research. The bottom line of the research, gleaned from a pair of new studies, is that college-debt woes continue to worsen despite all the attention focused on the ballooning debt of America's young people. An analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows that the number of students taking out college loans, and the amount they borrowed, both grew 70%, or roughly 7% a year, from 2004 and 2012.
June 13, 2012 |
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.
October 29, 2010 |
The Education Department on Thursday issued regulations governing for-profit colleges, a rapidly expanding education sector that has been criticized in Congress for allegedly providing students with poor educations while saddling them with excessive debt. Issued after a year of negotiations, the new regulations are intended to improve the Education Department's ability to monitor the institutions, including compensation for recruiters, and the ability to take action against schools that engage in deceptive advertising and marketing.
August 12, 2013 |
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?
December 6, 2012 |
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.
November 11, 2008 |
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.
March 26, 2012 |
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.
February 11, 2014 |
Colleague Don Lee wrote a piece in Tuesday's L.A. Times about a new Pew Research Center study, "The Rising Cost of Not Going to College ," that finds getting a college education is still the best path to a financially successful life, the current economy notwithstanding. Of course, no one - especially poll takers, who measure the present and the past - can predict the future. But the Pew findings are pretty compelling, even as they obscure a more significant point: The benefits of a higher education aren't limited to a paycheck.
April 19, 2009 |
Couples in the process of divorce spend a lot of time divvying up their assets. But in today's miserable economy, experts maintain that soon-to-be-exes should take even greater care dividing up the debts. Otherwise, your former spouse's job loss could end up hitting your balance sheet -- and credit report -- years after you think the divorce is settled.
March 14, 2012 |
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.