Mark Kantrowitz

Mark Kantrowitz, publisher and vice president of research at


Student Loan “Relief” Is Often a Scam

Instead of getting you relief from your student loan debt, these scams could plunge you into default.


Savings for College Just Got Trickier Under the New Tax Law

The new tax law has made a big change in how you can use a 529 college saving plan, and it has made saving for college even more tricky.

College Finance

10 Common Mistakes When Paying for College

Paying for college is complicated. The ways that colleges decide on aid packages can seem mysterious, and the number of…


Paying Off a Student Loan?

Avoid These Costly Mistakes The cost of college has skyrocketed in recent decades, and so has the burden of student…


How to Get Cash Back for College

Paying for your purchases with credit cards could earn you money for a child’s college education. It even might help…


The Student-Loan Forgiveness Hoax

The Internet is littered with ads promoting the Obama Administration’s Student-Loan Forgiveness Program. There have been TV ads about it,…

College Finance

State College Tuition Soaring—What to Do

In-state tuition and fees have soared over the past 10 years at many state colleges, some of which charge more…


Hidden Traps in Employer Tuition Programs

The coffee chain Starbucks drew a lot of attention recently when it announced that it would cover the cost of…

College Finance

Are Need-Blind Colleges Lying?

Officials at The George Washington University (GW) recently admitted that the school’s admissions policy is not truly “need-blind,” as it…

College Finance

How to Pay for College Now That Loan Rates Are Soaring

Tuition bills are due in August at most colleges, and many families still don’t know how they’ll pay what could…

College Finance

College Financial-Aid Bait and Switch

Approximately half of all colleges lure incoming freshmen with appealing ­financial-aid packages, only to slash those aid packages in future…