Paying For College

College Costs 50 Years Ago

A while back, when I was changing residences, I found an old college admissions-related book that I bought when I was a high school freshman. (This is where I usually insert some ageist remark about “when dinosaurs walked the earth,” which I will eschew here.) Anyway, I thought it might be fun to take a ...

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“Hiding” Assets from Financial Aid Officers

Question: We are not a wealthy family and should ordinarily qualify for a lot of need-based financial aid, but we recently came into an inheritance of over $200,000. This is a one-time thing and, although we’re very grateful for the extra money, we’re afraid that it could have a huge impact on our son’s college ...

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Cheaper Spring Breaks

I started a thread on the Parents board of the College Confidential discussion forum entitled Spring Break Destinations? that generated a lot of response. My purpose was to get parents’ reports about where their college students were (or were not) going on spring break. There were some interesting responses, such as, ” ‘Re: How about ...

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College Visits and the Price of Gas

As of this writing, four-dollar-per-gallon gas now looms as an ominous reality. This has to be a factor for many families planning post-acceptance college visits this early spring with their seniors and for rising-senior families this summer. With the current tensions in the Middle East, it’s possible that gas prices could rise even further. Residents ...

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Searching for Summer Jobs

Even though it’s still February as I write this, it’s not too early to be starting your summer job search. School will end in early June for most high school students and colleges can end as early as mid-May. As with most things in life these days, applying and getting a summer job can be ...

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Help for Single Mom Losing Child Support for 18-Year-Old

Question: My daughter is planning on attending college fall 2011 at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. She turned 18 on January 16, 2010 and therefore by North Carolina Laws will receive no Child Support From her father after that date. I, her mother, have not remarried and he is unwilling to help out ...

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Can D3 Student Accept Lacrosse Scholarship from Alum Group?

Question: Can a lacrosse player in high school receive a scholarship from the high school’s alumni association for use at a specific D-3 college, contingent upon his playing lacrosse? You’ve stumped “The Dean” with this one. I have never encountered this question before, and it’s certainly a good one. Ordinarily, I would think that a ...

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Have Cash. Will Enroll.

Some of you parents out there may remember the old TV Western Have Gun. Will Travel. In it, gunslinger/high-society maven Paladin would lend his considerable shooting skills to those who needed help. All for a considerable fee. Thus, those who could pay, got the help that they needed. The common link to modern college admissions ...

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Pricey Prestigious College vs. Great Merit Money?

Question: I’m sure this question is asked again and again, but I think it’s very common. I scored super high on the SAT and have a strong GPA. I have been award substantial scholarship money to so-so colleges, and some scholarship money to some big-name universities. If a college isn’t in, say, the top 30 ...

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