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Stay in the black

Some of you greenhorns are embarking on your academic careers. And some of you veterans are practically outta here. Remember all that advice about maintaining a good grade-point average? There's another number that might actually be more important: you
Graduate without financial ruin
By CLAUDE MORGAN  |  August 28, 2009
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The Loan Groan

Each month, with miserable certitude, the snail-mailboxes of middle-class twenty- and thirtysomethings are stuffed with student-loan bills, from both federal and private lenders. The balance seems to remain stagnant, even as we mail in check after chec
Never a borrower or a lender be dept.  
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 10, 2009
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Loan Groan

Each month, with miserable certitude, the snail-mailboxes of middle-class twenty- and thirtysomethings are stuffed with student-loan bills, from both federal and private lenders. The balance seems to remain stagnant, even as we mail in check after check
A new federal program aims to help overburdened student borrowers
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 10, 2009
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Loan Groan

Each month, with miserable certitude, the snail-mailboxes of middle-class twenty- and thirtysomethings are stuffed with student-loan bills, from both federal and private lenders. The balance seems to remain stagnant, even as we mail in check after check
A new federal program aims to help overburdened student borrowers
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 10, 2009
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Public colleges get the shaft

When it came time to pick a college, Thomas Ahrens just couldn't pass up the relative affordability of a University of Rhode Island education.
Fewer teachers. Bigger classes. More applicants. Huge tuition hikes. the outlook for Rhode island higher ed is bleak .
By MEAGHAN WIMS  |  February 25, 2009
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Hope for young homebuyers

Good news if you're in a sufficiently stable financial situation to think of bailing from greater Portland's rental-housing morass.
The lousy economy — and Obama's stimulus package — has a silver lining
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 18, 2009


The nature of nesting

The homeowning frontlines
The homeowning frontlines
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 18, 2009
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Financial fallout

The current US financial disaster will roil Massachusetts residents in myriad ways.  
The devastating wall street crisis has a potential silver lining — if you’re a Massachusetts politician looking for a foothold
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 08, 2008

Journal job cuts: Practical or self-destructive?

When John Hill sought his first mortgage as a young reporter, his banker told him, “Oh, you’ll be fine — you work at the Journal .”  
As The ProJo Turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 02, 2008
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Bad craziness

The news from Wall Street this week is dire.
Wall Street’s meltdown is more dangerous than realized. McCain is clueless, but does Obama recognize the root of the problem?
By EDITORIAL  |  September 17, 2008


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Get over it

Okay, you survived the college-application process; you filled out the miserable FAFSA forms; you sweated out the wait for acceptance letters; and cut your best financial-aid deal.
What every freshman should know about going to college in Boston
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  September 02, 2008
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The devil in the details

It’s hard to imagine stopping to look at drawings that don’t coalesce till you let them pull you in and spin you around a bit.
‘Drawn to Detail’ and ‘Laylah Ali’ at the DeCordova, Esteban Pastorino Díaz at the SMFA, and Student Loan Art Program at MIT
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 28, 2008
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MEFA madness

On July 28, news broke that the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority had fallen on hard times.
No need to panic over student loans. Just pay more.
By KARA BASKIN  |  August 13, 2008
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The case of Milan Kohout

Kohout, a serious man, was engaged in the serious business of political protest.
The right of a performance artist represents the rights of all Americans. Plus, an opportunity with Cuba.
By EDITORIAL  |  February 21, 2008

Stay away from me, baby

Imagine a Maine in which almost everybody is over the age of 40.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 14, 2007


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Out on the street

This was City Life’s second attempt to put a human face on the ordeal of home foreclosures, and it may have paid off.
Finding fault with foreclosures
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  September 05, 2007
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School for scandal

Lending institutions have been buying the favor of sticky-fingered college administrators for some time now.
An Emerson College dean becomes the first Boston casualty of the national student-loan fiasco
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 27, 2007
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Martha’s quick start

Martha Coakley told opponents of same-sex marriage this past week she would use the full force of her new office to fight their efforts.
In her first four months as attorney general, Martha Coakley has shown political deftness — and a desire to play a major role in state policy
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 16, 2007

Ships at a distance

According to my friend T, women, in particular, come to relationships with credit scores low enough to sink 1000 ships.
Bramhall Square
By CAITLIN SHETTERLY  |  May 09, 2007
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Lender bending

It should come as little surprise that financial institutions resort to heavy-handed and ethically shady tactics to increase their share of the student-loan business.
It’s time to rein in the student-loan industry. Plus, trying to make sense of the horror at Virginia Tech.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 18, 2007


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Opportunity Maine — missing the target?

Why are college students leaving Maine after graduation?
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By EMILY PARKHURST  |  April 04, 2007
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Student loan scandal

Are students getting screwed, and will anybody stop it?
Is your college getting paid to steer you in the wrong direction?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 28, 2007

Young and dumb

Consider two mildly mythical Maine citizens.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 07, 2007

February 3, 2007

Waning moon in Virgo; Mercury moves into Pisces. VOC 5:55 to 9:34 am. Earth signs are “in the zone,” but if anyone has the urge to organize, then by all means, give in. Virgo's financial landscape could be greatly improved this month, especially if you c
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By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  February 01, 2007

Schoolyard bully

Can you imagine the uproar if homeowners were suddenly unable to refinance their home with a different lender? Or worse, if they could not refinance at all?
Letters to the Boston editor: December 29, 2006
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 27, 2006


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Manhandled no more

A few years ago, if you googled student-loan giant Sallie Mae and the word “lawsuit,” a live-journal blog called Southern Girl Babbling would turn up.
 Running with a PAC
By CATHERINE TUMBER  |  December 14, 2006
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The unfaithful scholar

Perhaps you were lured by the promise of original Abraham Lincoln speeches (Boston College) or a castle (Emerson’s Kasteel Well, a 12th century landmark in the Netherlands).
Advice for transfer students, or how to dump your college
By JESS MCCONNELL  |  October 23, 2006
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MECA slims down

To achieve its $15 million capital campaig goals, the Maine College of Art must first deal with declining enrollment and an administrative exodus.
Bodywork
By SARA DONNELLY  |  July 12, 2006

Federal anti-drug provision hits RI students hard

Rhode Island has been hit hard by an anti-drug law that bars college students with drug convictions from receiving federal grants and loans, according to US Department of Education statistics.
Drug wars
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  May 17, 2006