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Your Teen Wants You to Cosign a Loan—Now What?

Before you sign on the dotted line as a cosigner for your teen and send them on their merry way, consider these important facts.

Spending Your First Bit of Hard-Earned Cash [VIDEO]

Do you remember your first job? Of course you do! But do you remember how you used the money you earned? H&R Block Dollars & Sense asked parents and teens about how much they earned, and if they made smart financial decisions with their earnings.

Texas High School Senior Surprised With $120,000 H&R Block Budget Challenge Grand Prize Scholarship

On Tues., May 17, 2016, four Clements High School students were recognized for their hard work in the H&R Block Budget Challenge and awarded $20,000 scholarships. But one student had no idea she’d be getting a much bigger check. Watch the video to see how surprised she was!


Money Savvy Tips for Planning the Ultimate Vacation

With Memorial Day right around the corner, this is no reason to stay cooped up at home in front of the AC; just an excuse to get creative and frugal with your vacation plans. Follow these savvy tips to plan the ultimate vacation this summer without breaking the bank.

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What Do I Need to Know About Credit Reports?

Credit scores, credit reports, credit bureaus — you hear these terms thrown around on TV commercials, but what do they really mean for you?


Meet H&R Block Budget Challenge Scholarship Winner: Joseph Cain

Joseph Cain, a student at Paxon School for Advanced Studies, was determined to win a scholarship through the H&R Block Budget Challenge.


Meet H&R Block Budget Challenge Scholarship Winner: Tuffa Said

Through the H&R Block Budget Challenge learning financial literacy is both fun and applicable to real life! If you don’t believe us, just ask Paxon School for Advanced Studies senior Tuffa Said.


Meet H&R Block Budget Challenge Classroom Grant Winner: Ms. Kathryn Loggie

Teachers often work double-duty to make sure teens are well-equipped with the knowledge they need to succeed. One example is Paxon School for Advanced Studies teacher Kathryn Loggie.


4 Things Teens Absolutely Must Know Before Taking Out a Student Loan

The one major difference between high school and college is, of course, price. But given the importance placed on higher education, many families will do whatever it takes financially to ensure their child can earn that degree.


Tips for Cutting Back on Prom Expenses

There are regular ol’ school dances and then there’s prom. Follow these prom hacks, and you can make those memories without putting a dent in your wallet.