Paying For College

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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Will Colleges Know If I Live with My Mom or My Dad?

Question: I am a senior applying to colleges this year. My parents are divorced and share joint custody.  For grades 9 through 11, I lived mainly with my mom, but last month I moved in with my father on something of a trial basis. A couple of the colleges on my list require only the ...

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Division 3 Athletic Scholarship? Hmm ….

Question: My son is going into 12th grade and is interested in swimming in college. He is good enough to be on a Division 3 team and he isn’t looking for an athletic scholarship because he knows that the NCAA doesn’t allow Div. 3 colleges to give scholarships. But recently he met a girl whose ...

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Can I Pay In-State Tuition After One Year in Another State?

Question: I’m about to be a high school senior and would like to go to a public university in a state far from home, but paying out-of-state tuition won’t be affordable for me. I’ve heard that, in most places, you only have to live in a state for one year in order to apply for ...

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College: Some Cons And Pros

My post today might be best aimed at students early on in high school. Maybe ninth or tenth graders. I’ll include parents, too, on my intended-audience list. Unless you’re residing in a different galaxy, I’m sure that you’ve read about what’s happening on college campuses across America. It appears that student unrest, at least for ...

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College Knowledge Nirvana

One of my best friends and I are always debating our favorite topics, one of which is baseball. He knows far more than I do about it, but now and then I come across some arcane fact, statistic, or anecdote and I love to taunt him with it. For example, Mickey Mantle was my childhood ...

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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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The Gap Year Choice

Not all college-bound high school seniors will be on a campus this fall. Some will be pursuing a Gap Year. For the uninitiated, let’s explain the Gap Year. Could there be a better place to discover what a Gap Year is than gapyear.com? Probably not. So what does that site have to say about Gap ...

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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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