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Happenings in College Savings, Higher Education and Personal Finance

Florida Colleges Straight Talk

Chancellor Madeline Pumariega talks straight with students during her visit to Polk State College, including sharing what she wishes she had known back in college.

High School Graduation

The graduation rates for the class of 2015 are at a 12-year high. Florida’s statewide graduation rate climbed to 77.8 percent, an increase of 7.2% since the 2010-2011 school year, and 1.7 percentage points over last year.

Student Housing

The drab dorm life might be waning. Luxury student apartment buildings close to campus with security features like on-site management, fitness centers, swimming pools and other amenities have grown increasingly popular — and developers are capitalizing.

Loan Debt

Total student loan debt in the US has topped $1.3 trillion, prompting a bit of policy panic, as student loan payments surpass groceries as the biggest monthly expense for many households. Oh, and watch this calculator showing how America’s student-loan debt grows $2,726 every second!

College Savings 101

Waiting too long to save? Relying on your 401k? Financial experts outline for families how to avoid the top 8 mistakes in paying for a child’s college expenses.

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