Applying to Colleges? Why You Should Consider Small Private Schools

The Prevailing Wisdom Talk to almost anyone in the financial independence community about higher education and you will hear the same theme. Go to a community college, take as many AP tests as you can, only consider large public universities–this is the mainstream wisdom that seldom gets challenged. On the surface, all of this makes perfect sense–the tuition is cheaper at a state university and AP credits and college courses … Read more

5 Questions To Ask Yourself When Deciding To Pursue A Master’s Degree

Should you get a Masters Degree?  The short answer is: it depends. This isn’t the sort of question where sweeping generalizations can be made. I can’t say “Everyone must have an advanced degree!” or, the opposite, “Universities are evil and you may as well light your money on fire!” The fact of the matter is there are lots of reasons why it might be a good idea for you, and plenty … Read more

Get Off The Hamster Wheel And Pay Off Your Student Loans Fast

Pay off student loans fast

The Financial Freedom Clock and the Countdown to FI begins once you have paid off your consumer debt. Now for the first time your savings rate is being redirected from debt repayment to buying your “perpetual money making machine” (FI). Sounds so simple, but the sad reality is that paying down that debt has become increasingly difficult. Digging a Hole Our culture has accepted that massive student loans are acceptable … Read more

College Drop Out : Saying NO to Expensive A’s

I have a deep love of learning. I have multiple degrees, and so far, each has served me well. I know that pursuing another degree would be challenging and rewarded. But I’m on a FI journey that forces me to weigh the pros and cons of paying more money for college. After crunching the numbers and weighing the pros and cons, I’ve decided I’m done paying ridiculously high prices for … Read more

Hacking College With Zero Debt

College Hacking

A recent opinion-piece in the New York Times caught my eye. The column was applauding a college cost calculator published by several top-ranked private universities. I gave it a shot and liked the calculator well enough. It was simple, needing only 7 sets of information, required no personal information, and gave enough information to be useful. Here’s the link if you want to check it out. While several universities participated … Read more

How my son saved 2 years and $18,258 in college tuition

College Hacking Dual Enrollment

One of the most difficult things that will slow down your path to FIRE is debt. And one of the most common sources of debt is the student loan. It sets your financial independence timeline back by years, and even worse, you gotta pay it off using post-tax dollars. Smarter people than me have figured out ways to optimize for financial aid and scholarships. Those tips are awesome, and we’ll … Read more

015 | Root of Good | 2nd Generation FIRE and College

2nd Generation FIRE

Let’s talk about 2nd Generation FI. What changes when you are raising kids after hitting FI yourself or on the path to FI? How do we do college smartly? In Today’s Podcast we cover: Our guest: Justin from Root of Good Justin had access to 401k and the 457 retirement plans 457 plan is an extremely valuable took for early retirement as there is no 10% early withdrawal penalty Justin’s … Read more