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4 Options for Relief From Your Staggering Student Loan Debt

Young female college student lifting a student loan sign

Young female college student lifting a student loan sign. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

If you’re saddled with overwhelmingly high student loan debt, you aren’t alone. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that some of the most common complaints it receives deal with the difficulties of making payments on loan balances. Below are four smart strategies to help you get out from under the weight of your student loans.

Pay Off Variable-Rate Private Loans First

A private loan may have come with a low interest rate when it was first signed, but unlike federal loans, they can climb by several interest points over the years. Private loans also offer fewer payment options to borrowers. If you have a private variable-rate loan, pay it off first and as quickly as possible. As the economy shifts, the interest on these loans can spike suddenly, whereas the rates on fixed federal loans cannot. (more…)

Posted November 11, 2013 by

CIA agent salary comparison with FBI, SWAT & DEA agents – benefits and career path

 

We are going to compare the US top intelligence agencies that have a utmost career path, including CIA agent salary and FBI agent salary. We also look at how each is inferior to others. The earnings for FBI agents stack up positively with the whole private-eyes and legal detective industry. Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average yearly salary for investigators and legal detectives, including FBI associates, was $60,910 at the time on June 2013.  (more…)

Posted July 12, 2013 by

7 Ways the Sequester Affects Your Job Search

Marsha Davis

Marsha Davis, Salary.com contributing writer

A recent Gallup poll states 51% of Americans don’t know enough about the sequester to judge if it’s a good or bad thing for the economy or for themselves personally. I tend to take a more negative view. As a layperson, and a veteran resume writer, I hear from many people who feel the effects of the sequester and believe it’s a bad thing, even if those changes have not already taken place. It’s like waiting for the other proverbial shoe to drop: You know something bad is about to happen, you just don’t know when.

This article spells out in layperson’s terms what the sequester actually is and how it affects you as a job seeker. (more…)

Posted July 11, 2013 by

Landed an Entry Level Job, but Dealing with Federal Student Loan Debt? Tips to Handle the Burden

Are you stressing out about how to pay back all of those federal student loans?  If so, relax and look on the bright side, at least you have landed an entry level job to begin paying off this debt.  The following post has tips to help college graduates deal with their federal student loans.

Each year, millions of students walk out of the classroom, get a job and realize there’s no earthly way they can make their student loan payments and cover the rent. A quick call to the student loan servicer results in a forbearance. But forbearance means your balance will keep going up while you get a breather. Once that ends

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Tips for Minimizing the Pain of Federal Student Loans

Posted June 13, 2013 by

Invest in the Success of Low-Income Students

Michelle Asha Cooper

Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D., President of the Institute for Higher Education Policy

For several years, I have watched the higher education community engage in hand-wringing over strategies for improving the educational outcomes for low- and moderate-income students. At present, low-income students remain less likely to enroll and complete college, when compared to their higher-income peers. Given these trends, the attention being dedicated to these students is certainly warranted. However, long-standing efforts designed to improve the outcomes for low- and moderate-income students, such as the federal Pell grants and TRIO programs, are constantly being thrashed and called ineffective. This chorus of opposition is growing more and more audible. While there is a need to enhance these programs to effectively serve more deserving students, I do believe that it is not in our best interest to scrutinize the outputs of these programs, without simultaneously scrutinizing the inputs. (more…)

Posted March 26, 2013 by

U.S. Department of State Launches Mobile Career App

U.S. Department of State mobile career appStudents who want to work for a large, stable employer often choose to work for one of the hundreds of departments agencies within the U.S. federal government. The lead foreign affairs agency responsible for formulating and implementing U.S. foreign policy overseas is the U.S. Department of State.

Most of the Department’s civil service employees work in the Washington, D.C., or other cities throughout the United States on everything from improving trade opportunities for U.S. businesses, to helping American couples adopt children from overseas, to monitoring human rights issues. Others work overseas in embassies, consulates, and other locations. These Foreign Service employees are hard to recruit because the hiring standards are high, the hurdles many, and the competition fierce. (more…)

Posted March 13, 2013 by

Sequestration Far Worse Than March Madness for Job Numbers

John Boehner

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner

With the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball championship tournament set to tip off next week, the nation’s employers should be readying themselves for the inevitable drop in productivity that coincides.  One new survey found that nearly one-third of workers spend at least three hours per day following the Tournament during work hours.

In the annual “study” hated by working basketball fans everywhere, global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., estimates that March Madness will cost American companies at least $134 million in “lost wages” over the first two days of the Tournament, as an estimated 3.0 million employees spend one to three hours following the basketball games instead of working.

“At the end of the day, March Madness will not even register as a blip in the overall economy.  Sequestration is going to have a far bigger impact.  Will March Madness even have an effect on a company’s bottom line?  Not at all,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas. (more…)

Posted March 07, 2013 by

Federal Government Budget Woes Lead to Woes in Job Markets

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

Planned job cuts increased for the second consecutive month in February as U.S.-based employers announced workforce reductions totaling 55,356, up 37 percent from 40,430 in January, according to the report released Thursday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

The February total was 7.0 percent higher than the 51,728 job cuts announced the same month a year ago.  It was the highest monthly tally since last November, when announced layoffs reached 57,081.  (more…)

Posted August 13, 2012 by

Financial Aid: Where is the Money coming from?

It is no secret that a college education can be expensive, especially in a tight economy.  However, the good news for college students is that financial aid such as scholarships and grants has increased over the last decade.  Take a look at the following graph, which highlights financial aid to full-time college students individually. (more…)