Debbie Baratz

Debbie Baratz has written about topics including personal finance, financial markets, and banking. And as a media relations professional, she spent 10+ years working at not-for-profit, private, and publicly-traded financial institutions. When Debbie isn’t working, she can be found working out, reading, or traveling.

Articles by Debbie Baratz:

06
Aug
LeBron James’ New School Offers Kids a Future College Education and More

Many consider him the NBA’s GOAT, but one day LeBron James could be known as one of education’s GOATs. On July 30, James opened his Akron, Ohio-based I Promise School. The non-charter public school, similar to one James attended, will enroll 240 third- and fourth-grade at-risk children. The school plans to grow enrollment to over […]

Posted in: Regional News, Student Loan News,
31
Jul
Students Who Need Financial Aid the Most Forgo the FAFSA, Report Finds

Many students are missing out on money for college, a recent study showed. For the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the June 30 final deadline is past, and many students who are eligible for aid did not complete it, according to the Brooking Institution’s data. The current nationwide FAFSA completion rate is 61 percent […]

Posted in: National News, Student Loan News,
26
Jul
Will Student Loan Refinancing Be the Next Big Employee Benefit?

Student loan repayment has been one of the top new benefits companies have been offering to employees. Now, a new program aims to provide another way for companies to help employees save money – by refinancing their student loans. Gradifi, a provider of student loan and college savings benefits, will offer access to LendKey’s nationwide […]

Posted in: Industry News, Student Loan News,
11
Jul
‘Paid Off’ Game Show Wants to Pay Off Your Student Loans

For students looking to pay off their student debt, help could be on the way with TruTV’s “Paid Off” show. With an inaugural air date of July 10, the new TV quiz show aims to help college graduate contestants saddled with student loan debt. Slated for 16 episodes, host and actor Michael Torpey hopes to increase […]

Posted in: National News, Student Loan News,
10
Jul
Why California’s AG Is Suing Navient and What it Means for Borrowers

On June 28, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced plans to sue student loan servicing company Navient based on allegations of widespread abuse over debt payment collections. This is the latest in a growing number of state lawsuits against the company. Becerra alleged the company violated state laws from encouraging borrowers to postpone their payme

Posted in: Industry News, Student Loan News,
03
Jul
The Downside of Student Loan Forgiveness: A Huge Tax Bill

Students looking for student loan debt relief might also find themselves with an unexpected tax bill. These one-time tax bills are a component of the Education Department’s income-driven repayment plans. Created in 2007, one version of the plan enables borrowers to establish monthly federal student loan payments of 10 percent from their discretionary income; over ti

Posted in: National News, Student Loan News,
02
Jul
New Bill Would Help Borrowers in Student Loan Default Keep Their License

Losing your license can be one of many bad things that happen when you default on your student loans. However, many struggling borrowers might be able to stop fearing that loss if a new bill becomes law. Senators Marco Rubio and Elizabeth Warren recently partnered to introduce a bill designed to stop states from suspending residential […]

Posted in: National News, Student Loan News,
20
Jun
Discover Offers Employees Help With College Tuition

Discover employees have just received a new benefit: a free college degree. The financial services company recently announced its new program, The Discover College Commitment, enabling full-time and part-time U.S. employees (minimum 30 hours per week) to obtain a college degree by helping them pay for college. Discover will cover full employee costs for book

Posted in: Industry News, Student Loan News,
13
Jun
Last-Dollar Financial Aid Can Help Low-Income Students Stay in School

For low- to moderate-income college students, targeted supplemental financial aid can be a difference-maker for their enrollment chances. Some schools offer additional funding after students have exhausted their initial financial aid, which can help cover as much as the entire tuition. One such program, Rutgers University–Camden’s “Bridging the Gap,” showed that la

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