A graduate degree that really does pay off

Graduate school is a big investment. It can lead to big payoffs down the road, but paying for the actual schooling on the front end proves daunting to many students. The key is putting together a financing plan that's right for you and your career goals.

Negotiate your lease like a pro

Landlords want to find good, stable tenants, so if you seem like a good candidate, they may be willing to work with you on some points. Here are five tips on how to negotiate additions or changes to your lease.

Local renters make the best out of quirky layouts

D.C.-area renters might run into any number of weird layout issues in both older and recently constructed apartments. Think super-long hallways, strangely angled walls, funky room sizes or an overabundance of doors. But there are ways to either conceal or play up less-desirable features.