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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.

How the Tax Code Rewrite Favors Real Estate Over Art

How the Tax Code Rewrite Favors Real Estate Over Art

Tax law favors someone who bought real estate in San Francisco over someone who bought skyrocketing stock in the region’s tech companies.

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.

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.

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.

Getting Married? Forget Sweet Nothings; Let’s Talk About Money

Getting Married? Forget Sweet Nothings; Let’s Talk About Money

Nathan Dungan has developed work sheets and quizzes to complement extensive counseling he provides to couples considering a prenuptial agreement. “They have homework assignments they need to do,” he said. “Some are together, some are separate.”

5 Tips to Weather a Turbulent Stock Market

5 Tips to Weather a Turbulent Stock Market

Darrell L. Cronk of the Wells Fargo Investment Institute noted that the European and Japanese recoveries began only four years ago, which may give them more staying power.

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.

5 High Schoolers and Their College Application Essays About Work, Money and Social Class

5 High Schoolers and Their College Application Essays About Work, Money and Social Class

The Arley D. Cathey Learning Center at the University of Chicago, where Alison Hess will be a student.

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.

What New Rules on Retirement Savings Mean for Investors

What New Rules on Retirement Savings Mean for Investors

The Labor Department’s new rules say advisers and brokers working with retirement accounts must act in their clients’ best interests.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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