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The Five Best College Saving Strategies and Myths: It isn’t easy saving for college. With two teenagers at home, I can tell you it’s no easy task setting aside money when you have several other bills on the table. Yet, if you have time, there are lots of ways to save for college. But don’t get waylaid by the idea that you can’t save. It should be a family affair and you don’t have to cover every penny (you can still get merit/financial aid, work-study and other assistance). Read more at

Millennial’s Student Loan Repayment Disappointment: I know that student loan service providers have absolutely no incentive to create an amazing, holistic customer experience… but a girl can dream can’t she? This year, I’ve been on a mission to understand how student loans work, and how I can pay mine off as fast as possible — and not surprisingly, I’ve run into some roadblocks along the way. Here are five ways companies could start to look at the loan industry differently. Read more at

Grading Teachers, With Data from Class: Halfway through the last school year, Leila Campbell, a young humanities teacher at a charter high school in Oakland, Calif., received the results from a recent survey of her students. On most measures, Ms. Campbell and her fellow teachers at the Aspire Lionel Wilson Preparatory Academy were scoring at or above the average for Aspire, a charter system that runs more than a dozen schools in California and Tennessee. Read more at