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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

As States Legalize Marijuana, Investors See an Opportunity

As States Legalize Marijuana, Investors See an Opportunity

Workers at Canopy Growth, a medical marijuana producer in Canada that went public in May 2016.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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