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Quilts, Cows, Money and Meaning: College Essays That Stood Out

Quilts, Cows, Money and Meaning: College Essays That Stood Out

Caroline Beit’s tale of life in the trenches as a volunteer tax preparer reckoned with money and feelings and their intersection to make you see the world in a new way.

Why It’s So Hard to Calculate What You’ll Pay for College

Why It’s So Hard to Calculate What You’ll Pay for College

Smith College in Northampton, Mass., began offering more merit aid a few years ago in the form of $10,000 annual scholarships, but offers little information on how students can qualify for them.

Rescued From Obscurity: How Discarded Items Become Treasures

Rescued From Obscurity: How Discarded Items Become Treasures

A manuscript of “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” with handwritten notes by Malcolm X and Alex Haley, at Guernsey’s auction house. Other lots include a dilapidated house where Rosa Parks stayed.

Car Dealers Wince at a Site to End Sales Haggling

Car Dealers Wince at a Site to End Sales Haggling

Scott Painter, the chief executive of TrueCar, a site that shows what buyers paid for particular cars, said that automakers were afraid his site would “work too well.”

New Service, Same Old Equifax: Credit Locking App Freezes Up

New Service, Same Old Equifax: Credit Locking App Freezes Up

A credit lock is easier than a freeze to undo.

Public Servants Do Get Student Loan Forgiveness. Meet One of the First.

Public Servants Do Get Student Loan Forgiveness. Meet One of the First.

Michael Mitchell, a professional musician with debt from graduate school, turned to social work and received a master’s degree in 2006. His diligence in following a federal program’s rules erased his $170,000 student loan debt.

The New Tax Form Is Postcard-Size, but More Complicated Than Ever

The New Tax Form Is Postcard-Size, but More Complicated Than Ever

This line sends you to a worksheet with 11 possible deductions to tally, including student loans and teaching supplies.

A Student Loan Fix for a Teacher, and Many Other Public Servants

A Student Loan Fix for a Teacher, and Many Other Public Servants

Jed Shafer, a teacher, had pretty much given up on receiving full credit for repayments under the public service loan forgiveness program. But things changed, and not just for him, after a “Your Money” column about the case in October.

Getting Down Payment Help Now. Sharing Home’s Gain (or Loss) Later.

Getting Down Payment Help Now. Sharing Home’s Gain (or Loss) Later.

A house under construction in Henderson, Nev. With home prices in many parts of the United States soaring, cobbling together a healthy down payment is getting harder for many would-be home buyers.

Can Artificial Intelligence Keep Your Home Secure?

Can Artificial Intelligence Keep Your Home Secure?

Ken Young, chief executive of Edgeworth Security, whose home security systems use technology like geofencing, facial recognition and A.I.-enabled cameras to help identify intruders.

Insurance 101: Butler Undergrads Write Coverage for Dogs and Pianos

Insurance 101: Butler Undergrads Write Coverage for Dogs and Pianos

Butler University’s student-run insurance company covers many things, including rare books in the library; the university’s Steinway pianos; and Trip, Butler’s mascot bulldog.

Who Is a Public Servant? Borrowers Have a Lot Riding on the Answer

Who Is a Public Servant? Borrowers Have a Lot Riding on the Answer

Michael Francum was notified that his work for the National Association of Social Workers qualified as public service. The story changed the next year, however.

Marriott’s New Loyalty Program: Not as Bad as Starwood Fans Feared

Marriott’s New Loyalty Program: Not as Bad as Starwood Fans Feared

The W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain, one of the properties that Marriott gained when it acquired Starwood Hotels and Resorts. On Monday, Marriott released new rules for the combined rewards program.

Want to Keep Your Wine Collection Safe? Store It in a Bomb Shelter

Want to Keep Your Wine Collection Safe? Store It in a Bomb Shelter

Jose Duarte, assistant manager at Mana Wine Storage, checking inventory at the storage facility in Jersey City.

A $350 Million Fund Helps Many Public Servants. Meet the Ones Left Out.

A $350 Million Fund Helps Many Public Servants. Meet the Ones Left Out.

Robin White, an assistant professor at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La., purposely paid more than she owed on her student loans. “I wanted to make it clear that I was not trying to take taxpayers’ money,” she said.

Expecting a Tax Cut Next Year? Spend It on Others

Expecting a Tax Cut Next Year? Spend It on Others

Putting tax savings toward buying a car is a way to give them some economic clout.


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