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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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.


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