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Is Social Media Impacting Your Credit?

A good credit score is pretty much vital in getting a loan approved, but some sites are taking alternate routes. Can social media, and the financial reliability of who you hang out with, really be a fair way of approving a loan?

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The Trouble with Tuition - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

The Trouble with Tuition Infographic

College tuition has an interesting history here in the U.S. Did you know that in 1880, students were typically paying $300 per year for tuition, board and lodging? Students these days are lucky if they can find an apartment for $300 a month. As of today, students pay much more for their education than young scholars in the 1880s. Where is that money going? How much are students paying for attending school in-state versus out-of-state? These questions and much more are answered in this infographic provided by Nonprofit Colleges Online.

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Three Sites to Ease Student Loan Pains - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Three Sites to Ease Student Loan Pains

Despite recent reform, student loans remain extremely costly for students entering a world of high unemployment rates. Don’t fear the bill, instead take action before, after and during higher education. Check out the following sites that offer insights into different student loan issues.

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Building Credit the Easy Way

When lenders, insurers and other financial services providers want to make decisions about you, they check your credit history. If you want the best rates on your loans, the best deals on insurance, and, in some cases, access to the best jobs, your credit history needs to reflect the best of you. Here are the steps to building credit the easy way!

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Worried Your Social Security Number Has Been Exposed? Here's What to Do - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Worried Your Social Security Number Has Been Exposed? Here’s What to Do

Your Social Security number is very valuable; it’s valuable to you and those looking to steal it in order to open false credit cards and make false purchases. It’s important to know how to protect yourself from those trying to use your Social Security illegally. Read on to learn about a few different ways to protect yourself from identity theft.

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Who Actually Gives a Free Credit Report?

In 2003, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was passed, sweeping into effect a wealth of changes aimed at protecting consumers of all demographic and socio-economic backgrounds who use credit cards. Perhaps the most important part of this legislation was the mandate that all U.S. citizens are entitled to a free credit report from each of the three main bureaus each calendar year. How should you go about obtaining your free credit report?

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How to Seriously Tackle Your Credit Card Debt

There’s no shame in admitting that you have a credit card problem. In fact, that’s the first step towards taking back your financial future. Let’s not talk about how you got here. It doesn’t matter if it was months of living outside of your means, or a one-time expense that you might have been unprepared for. What matters is that you’re going to do something about it.

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Understanding the Student Loan Situation - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Understanding the Student Loan Situation

Student loans have been a hot topic recently and updates about interest rates have been creeping into news stories for months. Student loan interest rates changed this month, doubling from 3.4% to 6.8%. Here’s a breakdown of what this means and what to expect.

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Nearly 25% of Americans Have Neglected to Check Their Credit Report

New data shows that 22% of Americans – almost one quarter of the population – have never checked their credit report, even though they’re entitled to an annual free copy of it. According to the Federal Trade Commission, nearly 20% of credit reports contain errors, so the fact that so many people neglect to check their reports is troubles many personal finance experts, who typically recommend checking one’s credit report at least once per year.

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Do’s and Don’ts for College Students with Credit Cards

If you’re a college student, you probably have a few numbers on your mind: the number of days until you head to campus, your GPA from last semester, the amount of money you’ll have to spend on furnishing your dorm room this year, etc. But what about your credit score? It could be one of the most important numbers in your life that’s not on your list. Your credit score can impact whether or not you can lease an apartment or whether or not you’re offered your dream job.

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