Money Saving Ideas

Unusual Sources of Money for College

If I were conducting a survey of both students and parents about their biggest college-related concerns, I would put my money on “How to pay for college” as the biggest issue among those queried. That just makes common sense, due to the astronomical cost of college these days. Consequently, families scour the Internet and other ...

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My Annual Packing-for-College Roundup

Yes, boys and girls, Moms and Dads, it’s that time again. Get ready to pack for college! I hear both shrieks of joy and groans out there. The joy comes from collegians; the groans from parents. Granted, some college students don’t want to return to campus. The thought of academic pressure or returning to a ...

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Getting Ahead This Summer

Yesterday was the longest day of the year. The first day of summer! Most of you have finished your academic work for the year and have already started to do what the summer offers you in the line of work or adventure. Those of you who are particularly motivated to get ahead have likely begun ...

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Summertime Essays And Other Efforts

Summer 2017 arrives in less than two weeks. If you’re a rising high school senior, you may be wondering what to do over these next two-to-three months or so. Maybe you aren’t wondering and have a specific plan for how to spend your time. If you don’t have a plan, maybe I can help you ...

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Seven Student Loan Myths Debunked

Ah, one of my favorite topics: student loans, along with their nasty consequence: student loan debt. Over the years, I have constantly nagged my student and parent readers about keeping a rational mindset when considering the lure of financial aid packages, especially those of the seductive (and emotionally exciting) first year. In the flush of ...

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Is Financial Aid Negotiable?

Even though the May 1 enrollment deadline for most colleges has passed, the goal of paying for college may remain a quest for some families. With the good news of college acceptances, come the financial aid packages. First-year aid packages are almost always the most satisfying, since their heft is designed to encourage enrollment, as ...

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Dealing with Disappointing Financial Aid Packages

Today, I’m turning over the content of my blog post to another David — David Harrity of College Choice. David and I were discussing what high school seniors, who have just been accepted to college, and their families can do when those acceptances are roadblocked by a less-than-adequate financial aid package. This is an all ...

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The Devil’s in The Debt

Okay, high school seniors … let’s summarize. You probably have piled somewhere, the results of your college quest: the good news (acceptances) and the not so good news (rejections) or, possibly worse, waitlistings. Waitlistings seem to be the tool of choice these days with highly competitive colleges. You can read my thoughts on waitlists elsewhere ...

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Spring Break Considerations

College students and parents of college students: Question for you: What’s up for spring break this year? Traveling to “fun” destinations? Coming home for break? Even staying on campus? There has been some sobering news lately concerning some of the traditionally favorite spring break spots. Have you seen it? At least four killed in gunfight ...

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Unlocking Phone Value

The cell phone has taken over the world. In fact, its conquest happened some time ago. Everywhere you go, you see people wandering like zombies, with their eyes glued to their phones, neck bent, oblivious to their surroundings, searching for Pokemon. I’ve written about this here before, but that’s not the mission of my post ...

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