As anyone who has attended grad school knows, it can be expensive. Really expensive.
However, going to grad school is an investment in your future, and taking on debt to do so makes sense for many students. Sometimes, they simply can’t avoid it (I’m looking at you, med students). But other times, borrowing more money just may not make sense for you—at least, right now.
If you’re not sure whether you can afford grad school, you may need to have a tough conversation with yourself about continuing your education.
With taxes due in a month, we thought you might need a final push to swing into action. Fortunately, we found the perfect “person” in our archives to help you: the office monkey. Yes, we uncaged him to once again talk about education tax credits and deductions. And while his terrible puns have not evolved, he did update this information to reflect tax year 2013. Enjoy!
I didn’t realize it, but apparently, spring break is just around the corner.
I blame my forgetfulness on a couple things: the chilly weather outside and the chilling realization that corporate life has made time off between January and June foreign to me. (No paid holidays between Martin Luther King Day and Memorial Day; this is the true “winter,” my friends.)
To get over my grief, I checked out how others plan to spend their breaks. And, of course, there’s no better place to do this research than Twitter.
Welcome to March—a month famously known for a few things: madness, a date to avoid, and for many people, filing taxes.
Of course, one could probably make a strong case that “madness” and “avoidance” describe most people’s feelings about their taxes. However, here at SALT™, we’re looking to make taxes less, well, taxing this month. (Clearly not through clever wordplay, though.)
To do this, we enlisted help from an organization that knows a few things about tax prep: H&R Block.
It’s been a few weeks since we last looked at what’s going on in the world.
Since then, I’ve spent endless hours wondering whether a gold medal or a gold Oscar is worth more money. Turns out, it’s the medal—and it’s worth “only” $548! (Everyone knows the Oscar gift bag is where the real money is anyway.)
With that settled, here’s some other news that recently caught my eye.
For our “featured article,” we usually talk about how this blog isn’t the only place where you can find great content from SALT™—and then we shuttle you off to saltmoney.org.
But now, this blog and saltmoney.org aren’t the only places you can hear from us. That’s because our parent company, American Student Assistance® (ASA), has taken over the U.S. News education blog The Student Loan Ranger. And it’s bringing along some of our contributors (including myself and Betsy Mayotte) to take part.
Earlier this week, you probably heard about the fleeing glory that was “Dumb Starbucks.” Sadly, this store was not a commentary on the latte factor; rather, it was the work of Nathan Fielder—comedian, Canadian-business-school graduate, and SALT™ Blog favorite
Fielder claims parody law protected his use of the Starbucks name and logo. We’ll let the lawyers debate that, although a different law ultimately shut him down. Still, his experiment shows the steaming cup of power someone can serve just by knowing the law. And unlike this store’s mysterious origins, you likely see exactly where this is going.
“It’s hard to get people to talk about money in person, so it’s a good thing that Twitter exists. People will talk about anything there!”
Fans of this blog probably recognize that lead-in; we used about 300 times to introduce our “Tweet Of The Day.” While we no longer highlight a tweet every day, we still lurk around the Twitterverse. And what we’ve seen recently (besides the super bright redesign) is a lot of chatter about student loans and taxes.
From identity theft to FOMO, social media can affect your money in ways you won’t “like.” In her latest FREE article on saltmoney.org, Elaine King illustrates how your social media addiction (hey, she calls it like Harvard sees it) could be helping and hurting you financially.
Elaine is an international author of two award-winning books. Check out this excerpt and click through to learn some ways to ensure your social interactions are positive.