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Christie signs bill to forgive college loans if student dies

Gov. Chris Christie on Monday signed legislation allowing certain New Jersey student loans to be forgiven if the borrower dies.

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Tuition bills: Is it better paying monthly or in lump sums?

Q. We have tuition for my son in a 529 plan. Is there an advantage to doing the college’s monthly payment plan or should we just make one large payment?

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Feds to test financial aid for unorthodox college programs

In an experiment backed by the federal government, Northeastern University and General Electric are offering a new manufacturing degree program to be taught primarily at the company's work sites. Students will take online courses through the university, undergo training at a GE plant and earn a bachelor's degree within three years.

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NJ helps pay off student debt — as long as you have the right job

New Jersey programs can help save borrowers thousands of dollars on their student loans.

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US to fire monitor overseeing formerly for-profit colleges

The Education Department is removing a law firm hired to oversee the turnaround of schools owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., a for-profit education company whose financial collapse had placed at risk more than $1 billion in federal student loans.

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How to keep student loans from breaking the bank

Q. Our youngest son just graduated from film school, and while he looks for full-time work, he’s doing some project work in the industry. He has federal student loans but also $94,000 in private loans with a $850 monthly tab. It has a 14-year payback term with no option to extend. He could put it in forbearance for a year with the interest still accumulating. I’m pulling from retirement funds to help now, but we don’t know what to do. Help!

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Going to college? What you need to know about FAFSA changes

Q. I have a high school senior and a junior, too, and both will go to college. I know the FAFSA is changing, but I don’t understand how. Can you explain?

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WATCH: Michael Ricci speaks with Jim Gearhart

Recently, twenty-one-year-old Caitlyn Ricci sued her parents over the cost of her college tuition. A judge ordered her parents to pay the out of state tuition cost, even though they agreed they would only cover her tuition if she went to school in New Jersey. Caitlyn's father Michael Ricci called Jim Gearhart to explain his side of the case.

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Public-private partnerships boost NJ colleges

New Jersey colleges and universities are increasingly making deals with private companies to get dorms, parking garages and solar instillations built on their campuses.

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Is Community College a better choice than a four year college?

Colleges and universities are becoming less and less affordable for many, and community colleges are becoming the better choice for potential students.

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