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Money for College Project Weekly Roundup: Starting Grad School

I started my Master’s degree classes this week, and boy has it been a long week. I plan to write a much more in-depth post on this decision, but I am continuing my full-time job, managing this blog, and taking on two master’s classes per semester…what have I done!

I know this degree will pay huge dividends in my career over time, but the next 2 – 3 years will be rough. No sleep, lots of reading, and long hours in hight classes. “It’s worth it, It’s worth it, It’s worth it…”

While I try to catch up on my sleep and nose through a textbook, here are some good reads for your edification!

Money for College Project

Federal Student Aid: Pell Grant The Pell Grant is the largest federal grant, and requires a student to submit the FAFSA. Here is a quick look into exactly how the grant works.

ShareBuilder review plus $75 Bonus I recently opened a ShareBuilder account, and I wanted to share my experience with you. Bottom line, I think you should consider ShareBuilder as your online discount broker.


Yakezie Friends


Sustainable Life – Football Edition



The Millionaire Nurse – $1 Million in a 401K



Daily Money Shot – Giving Away money


Money Beagle –  Paycheck Changes



KNS Financial  – Drug Store Shopping



Bucksome Boomer – Save Money? Slow Down!


Invest in the Markets – Diversify!


Dog Ate my Wallet – Wednesdays!


My Personal Financial Journey – The TV Effect



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  1. Good luck with your masters – it’s a lot of work, and worth it in some cases. what are you going to school for?

    • @Jeff — I’m getting a M. Ed in Student Affairs Counseling. Not exactly a crazy money making profession in itself, but my career goals are Higher Ed Administration. So it will definitely help me towards that goal.

  2. I got my MBA going to school full time while working full time. It can be done, but it requires lots of spousal support.
    And if you think you’re not getting any sleep now, wait until the baby arrives!

    • @Shanendoah — Thanks! Yes, I know it’s a bit crazy, what with working full-time and starting adoption, but I figure I am young, and now is as good of a time as any. Should make for some interesting stories, and I am sure, plenty of great inspiration!

  3. Thanks so much for the mention!

  4. Thanks… I think I’m going to begin some kind of linking to benefit others too… I’m just not sure how yet.

  5. @Dr. Stock — That is exciting. Please keep us filled in on your progress. Thanks!


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