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How can a high school student value a possible degree?

From another question I asked, an answer said: If a person borrowed heavily to obtain an education where they make anything less than 75K per year then it was probably foolish. There are many jobs ...
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What are things to think about when paying for/taking out a loan for graduate school? [closed]

I haven't seen a lot of posts related to graduate school in this SX, but I apologize if there are. I bolded the crux of my question. I'll apply my situation to this question as an example: I got a ...
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What is “financial literacy” and how does one become “financially literate”?

How does one become "Financially Literate"? Also, on a side question; what does "Financially Literate" even mean?
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Free “Rich Dad” education, with “free gift”: Is it legitimate, or is it a sales ploy?

What's up with the Rich Dad "Learn To Be Rich" free education? I heard an ad on the radio today and was skeptical... Would it really be worthwhile information, or is it a sales pitch in disguise as ...
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Are student loans tax deductible in US?

If I have a student loan from finishing my graduate degree, can I deduct its interest payments from salary for tax purposes? Is there any education related tax credit that can be applied for payments ...
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When does it make financial sense to take advantage of employer's tuition reimbursement program?

Many companies offer tuition reimbursement programs. On the surface, these programs are such that qualified employees can enroll in undergraduate / advanced degree programs (or even take individual ...
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Economics Books [closed]

I'm absolutely a newcomer in economics and I wish to understand how things work in finance too. So, think of me as uninformed in these matters. I would like to find resources that discuss economics ...
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Is there an application or website where I can practice trading US stocks with virtual money? [closed]

For somebody that doesn't know much about the stock market and this type of investing, I was looking to see if anybody knew about an application/website where you can use "virtual" money (in other ...
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Are personal finance / money management classes taught in high school, anywhere?

It sure seems like something that would be a valuable life skill, akin to Home Ec (or even more important!)... Where I'm from (Peel Region in Ontario Canada), it isn't part of the curriculum.
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Can I write-off Visual Studio 2010 on my taxes if I want to learn it?

I doubt I can write it off, but I just figured I'd check anyway. What if I took a class in it and needed the software to take the class?
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Is NO credit history the same as BAD credit history?

I found the following article which said If you don’t use a card at all, you have no credit history. That’s almost the same as bad credit history. 1) Do they mean the same? 2) If YES, why? 3) ...
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Looking for a stock market simulation that's as close to the real thing as possible [closed]

The title says it all. I'm looking for a simulation stock market to play around with. One that is, ideally, as close to the real thing as possible. I've heard that Investopia is a pretty good ...
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What college degree should I pursue to learn about stock and forex markets?

What college degree should I pursue to learn the fundamentals of the stock market? Are there way to understand how stocks and foreign exchange markets work, including their strategies and drawbacks?
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What are some good resources for yearly US tax law changes?

Every year, in the US, we have new tax rules, deductions, limit increases/decreases, exceptions, benefits, etc. Are there some good resources out there for self education on what to expect with the ...
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Learning investment--books to read? Fundamental/Value/Motley Fool [closed]

I am looking to learn how to invest better. Currently I follow the Motley Fool recommendations and have done quite well that way, but I'd like to educate myself better so that I can make better ...
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Is there any tax-deductible way to help fund my siblings' education?

My brother is in college and my sister is attending a private high school. I would like to help my parents pay for their education. Is there any way to do this that would be tax-deductible?
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My parent claimed me as a dependent on their 2012 taxes. Do I have to claim their income on my FAFSA?

I'm 24 and I'm now living on my own and working. However, my parent claimed me for 2012 as a dependent. How will this affect my FAFSA? Will I have to claim my parent's income?
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What are the best tips for saving money as a university student? [closed]

What are the best tips for saving money as a university student? I will be attending university this coming semester and am planning on maintaining a sustainable financial situation right now, but ...
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Thinking of doing an MBA: Is an $80K top MBA school better than a $24K online MBA school?

Would I be better off with Rotman, Richard Ivey, Queens, etc. or an online MBA school such as Fredericton?
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Should I save for my children's university education in Canada, or am I better off paying off loans and gaining debt room?

Looking at the financial aid system in Canada, it seems that significantly more aid is available for those who do not have savings or lack the ability to directly pay for their education. As a member ...
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Does the proposed tax reform make it so that you have to pay taxes on scholarships?

I came across an analysis of the tax reform bill in which its author suggests that tuition paid by a school or scholarship will be treated as taxable income under the new rules, and wasn't under the ...
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Is a book from 2005 about fixed income securities obsolete, or still relevant?

This is intentionally a very broad question. How much (if at all) has the fixed income securities market changed from say 2005 to present day? The main reason I ask is because I am debating whether ...
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Can I get a tax deduction for education expenses?

I work as a Computer Programmer for a Healthcare Company. I am in the process of applying for Part Time - Master's Graduation Program in Healthcare. I wonder whether i would be able to get Tax ...
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Is a defensive driving course worth the money? How much is a typical insurance discount?

My car insurer offers a defensive driving discount. I'm under 30, never had an accident or ticket, and paying a pretty cheap rate already, but paying less is always better. The insurer's published ...
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What are some good books for learning stocks, bonds, derivatives e.t.c for beginner with a math background?

Despite being STEM person, I always wanted to learn how stock & financial markets work. I always wanted to know how those stocks work, what are those bonds e.t.c. The only struggle I am having, ...
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What should I be considering, as a student with an income for one year?

I'm a 3rd year university student (age 20) in the UK, and I'm half-way through a years placement that's paying ~£1200/month which finishes in July. I'm engaged, and looking to get married after I've ...
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What's the reason why Postgraduate Education keeps getting more and more expensive throughout the years?

More specifically, by the year, why do we keep getting more expensive: (1) MBAs (2) law schools (3) med schools Is there a major reason for this, or is there a combination of equally-reasonable ...
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What should I consider when opening a 529 for someone who is not my dependent?

I have some money languishing in a CD. I rigged the baby pool when my "nephew" [best friends son] was born and set my ill gotten gains aside for his education. I would like to open a 529 for him. I ...
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US - educational tax credit on imputed income for educational expenses?

My wife is employed by a university. Up to a certain monetary amount, she can take classes with no financial or tax impact. (I believe this amount is set by the IRS but that's not at issue here.) ...
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How much of my scholarship money do I need to pay Taxes on?

I started going to community college in order to transfer to a University. I am currently not trying to get a degree at the community college but I am from the University. I qualified for a reduced ...
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Teaching school kids about money - what are the real life examples of math, budgeting, finance?

Yesterday when renting a car I was listening on the radio to a discussion about introducing classes about money for kids aged 11-14. Here is an article on that topic: Financial education to become ...
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Should my scholarship be tax-free?

I am a grad student in the social sciences, and the vast majority of my tuition is waived, as long as I TA or RA at least half time during the year. I am also paid a stipend for my TA/RA work. From ...
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When using a zero-based budget, how do I account for money already in my bank account?

We are transitioning to a zero-based budget. My question is, how do we account for the money we currently have in our bank account? We haven't been a super-strict budget and I think this "pad money" ...
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How will Ontario's HST apply to books / textbooks, which were PST exempt before?

Students (university/college) have been hit hard enough recently with tuition hikes. How will this latest cost increase affect the cost of education materials?
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Income Tax on Employer Provided Educational Assistance

My employer is helping me pay for my Master's Program in Computer Science. My employer has included the reimbursements (about $2,000) to me for my schooling within my wages on my W-2. Since I ...
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Faster degree with debt or slower degree with no debt?

I'm looking at going back to school, and I have the option for two different speeds at which I could pursue my degree. The following numbers are assuming none of my credits transfer. They all should, ...
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standard method for learning more about a specific sector? (particularly biotech sector)

I've read some books and other resources on value investing (like this question)and fundamental analysis, but now I want more information on a specific sector: biotech. Is there a better way to start ...
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Wisest option to pay for second career education

I am 30 years old and my husband is disabled and unable to work, so I am the one income for our family. (We do not have any children.) Due to a number of factors, I am considering going back to ...
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Do classes have to pay sales tax on materials used?

My friend teaches flower classes, a portion of the total amount charged goes for materials and a portion goes for the actual teaching of the class. If a typical class costs someone $100, $50 of that ...
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Filing for Education Expenses for Dependent

My brother is my dependent and he lives with me! He goes to university and pay international tuition fees. Since, he has to pay international tuition our whole family contributes small amounts to make ...
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Is investing in education and a sustainable life a good alternative to investing in stocks, gold, land etc.?

I have recently read a couple of articles about what are the main ways to invest your money to protect them from being diminished by the inflation (I am living in a non-EUR EU country where inflation ...
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Will I, as a CS student, be allowed to take loans for paying the fees of Ivy Leagues?

I am non-US citizen hoping to study in US. I have a good chance of getting admitted in one of the Ivy leagues in US. Considering that my family has no property large enough to take a hefty loan on, ...
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Am I a dependent or can I claim an exemption for myself?

I am a university student who is currently working on filing my 2017 federal income taxes. My parents can no longer claim me as a dependent because they did not support me over 50% in 2017. However, ...
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Lifetime Learning Tax Credit if company pays for grad school?

My company pays for my 30k tuition as well as books and other expenditures for school. Can I still claim the life time learning tax credit on my personal 1040?
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Need help with my financial situation/life, very unhappy

I am 24 and have $21,000 in student loans and no degree. I dropped out of college because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do and for my last quarter I took F's. Now I can't go back and get financial ...
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Taxes: How to account for income from fellowship

I am a graduate student. I am trying to fill out my taxes. My fellowship covers both my tuition and provides me with a monthly stipend. On my 1098-T (document that says how much I paid for schooling) ...
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Is it possible to refund semester fees via income tax return in Germany?

Colleagues at work mentioned that semester fees for the Master studies can be declared for the tax return as for the position that we have at work, having a Master degree is mandatory. Can someone ...
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Can MOOCs be treated the same as university for taxes (US)?

Without understanding a lot about taxes, I know that there are several tax credit opportunities for college students in the US (The American Opportunity tax credit, Lifetime Learning Credit, etc). ...
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Paying for Spouse's Education with Savings vs Line of Credit vs RRSP (LLP)

My partner is currently going to school with no income, and I have been working for a number of years with a reasonable income (enough for savings, RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan) , trips ...
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What happens to my current loans if I go back to school?

I just recently received my bachelor's degree. I have government loans and a personal loan from Sallie Mae. I have to start paying these back in mid June. I have a job currently, and I was originally ...