Why your kid should help pay for college

I recently heard from the parents of yet another high school senior who turned down a huge scholarship from a good college to attend her “dream school,” which of course has lousy financial aid. Now her parents are scrambling, trying to figure out how to pay for it .

This madness must end.

Asking teenagers to pay the whole cost of a four-year college degree probably isn’t realistic or smart. Kids may be cut off from financial aid, since need-based help is largely based on the parents’ resources. The debt they accumulate may be crippling, and students who try to pay for school entirely on their own are more likely to drop out.

But the open bar approach isn’t wise, either. Setting limits and requiring a kid to pay at least part of the cost can actually lead to better grades while protecting parents’ finances.

In my latest for the Associated Press, why parents should set clear boundaries about how much they’ll pay for college.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What to buy and skip in September. Also in the news: 5 times to stash your cash and pay with plastic, what college freshman need to know about their student loans, and how to choose the best approach to managing your investments.

What to Buy (and Skip) in September

5 Times to Stash Your Cash and Pay With Plastic
Protecting your purchases.

What College Freshmen Need to Know About Their Student Loans
A whole new world of financial obligation.

How to choose the best approach to managing your investments


It’s all about streamlining.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Why your parents’ money guru may not be right for you. Also in the news: Home loans with 3% down for 2018, what hotel credit card upgrades mean for your bottom line, and how the student loan grace period works.

Your Parents’ Money Guru May Not Be Right for You
Striking out on your own.

HomeReady and Home Possible: Loans With 3% Down for 2018
What you need to know.

What Hotel Credit Card Upgrades Mean for Your Bottom Line
Sweet new perks.

How the Student Loan Grace Period Works
Interest will still accrue.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 3 credit score myths you should stop believing. Also in the news: Vinyl siding costs and how to keep them down, 6 big ways credit can affect your life, and 1 in 3 parents will help their kids pay off student loans.

3 Credit Score Myths You Should Stop Believing
It’s all about the numbers.

Vinyl Siding Costs and How to Bring Savings Home
How to keep costs down.

6 Big Ways Your Credit Can Affect Your Life
From buying a home to getting a new job.

1 in 3 parents will help their kids pay off student loans
And it could impact their retirement.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Intern with a 401(k)? Here’s how to make it pay. Also in the news: 6 big ways credit can affect your life, helping your kid start a business, and a new game show pays off winner’s student loans.

Intern With a 401(k)? Here’s How to Make It Pay
Make long-term gains from short-term work.

6 Big Ways Your Credit Can Affect Your Life
Where you live, work, and play.

Can You Afford to Help Your Kid Start a Business?
Beyond the lemonade stand.

New game show ‘Paid Off’ offers chance to eliminate student loan debt
Welcome to 2018.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: TSA-Approved ways to cut the airport screening line. Also in the news: How to talk retirement with your spouse, the most and least affordable areas in the country, and things to consider before co-signing a student loan.

TSA-Approved Ways to Cut the Airport Screening Line
Is TSA pre-check worth the price?

How to Talk Retirement With Your Spouse
One of the most important conversations you’ll ever have.

Home Affordability Watch, Q1: California Buyers, Keep Dreamin’
The most and least affordable areas in the country.

Piggybacking on good credit: Things to consider before co-signing a student loan
A few things to think about.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: One couple’s journey from debt to $1.5 million in savings. Also in the news: What to buy and skip in July, Whole Foods joins Amazon’s Prime Day, and how the lawsuits against student loan service Navient could affect you.

One Couple’s Journey From Debt to $1.5 Million in Savings
Communication is key.

What to Buy (and Skip) in July
Making the most of midsummer sales.

Prime Day Alert: 10% Back at Whole Foods with Amazon Prime Visa
Whole Foods joins the Prime Day excitement.

How the lawsuits against student loan servicer Navient could affect you
Four states are currently suing the student loan giant.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Student loan interest rates go up July 1st. Also in the news: Chase rolls out an all-mobile banking app, 5 ways your friendships can blossom on a budget, and how to make living with your parents pay off.

Student Loan Interest Rates Go Up July 1
Prepare for an increase.

Chase Rolls Out All-Mobile Banking App. Is It for You?
All of your banking done on your phone.

5 Ways Your Friendships Can Blossom on a Budget
Don’t let student loans cramp your style.

How to Make Living With Your Parents Pay Off Financially
Start building your savings.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What 3 Big Brother winners did with their $500K payday. Also in the news: Financial wisdom for young adults, 3 ways to avoid a bad student loan, and when to hire a mortgage broker.

What 3 ‘Big Brother’ Winners Did After Their $500K Payday
What happened when the cameras were turned off.

It’s Not All About Money: Financial Wisdom for Young Adults
How to think about money as you begin adulthood.

3 Ways to Avoid a Bad Student Loan
Take a close look at the fine print.

When to Hire a Mortgage Broker
When to bring in the middleman.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Shady industry finds new ways to charge student borrowers. Also in the news: A guide to garage door installation costs, athleisure vacations, and how to split the bill when eating out with friends.

Shady Industry Finds New Way to Charge Student Borrowers
A new company is offering loans to cover fees.

A Guide to Garage Door Installation Cost
Reducing your costs.

On an Athleisure Trip, See the Sights and Stay in Shape
And how to do it for less.

How to Split the Bill When You’re Eating Out With Friends
Handling the awkward moment.