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Homebounders

How many parents out there have a son or daughter graduating from college next spring? How many of you have a son or daughter who graduated this past spring? I’d like to get your comments regarding your child’s post-graduation prospects. I started a thread on the College Confidential discussion forum that focuses on a new ...

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Does Financial Aid Cover Campus Housing?

Question: I was wondering (and praying) if financial aid would cover campus housing. My mother and I have been unemployed for over 5 years and living under my grandmother’s roof. So we make 0 monthly. It is so very difficult to find a job where I am in NC. HORRIBLE. And the school I need ...

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College Cost Cutting

Tuition, room, and board costs are just the beginning of paying for college. Those “incidentals” (if you can consider a $300 text book an incidental) can really add up. For those of you about-to-be college “freshpersons” (observing the proper gender-neutral PC protocol here) who may not understand what all is involved in the incidental category, ...

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Don’t Let College Move-In Day Bug You

Ah, my memories of moving our kids into their dorms on their first freshman day at college. I think the one thing that I remember most is sweat. Late summer here in the Northeast is notoriously hot and humid. And, as luck would have it, both our daughter and son’s first-year dorm rooms were on ...

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Most Expensive Colleges for 2011-2012

Here’s an amazing fact: In 2007, there was only one college that had a total cost of over $50,000. Now, there are 20 that cost over $55,000. Sounds like lots of schools are jumping on the high-cost bandwagon. The first question that pops into my head is: Are we getting what we’re paying for and ...

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Back-to-School Survival Items

Here’s a quick afterthought to complement my two previous posts about packing for college. Whether you’re a first year freshman or a veteran senior, this back-to-school survival guide features the top 10 items you might have missed (or the stuff you purposely avoided) when shopping with mom. 1. Multivitamins – You will wish someone had ...

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A Crash Course in College Moving

We’ve talked about moving to college before here. However, one can never get too many tips to make things easier, as I discovered when we moved our two kids to college back in the ’90s. Now that it’s the middle of August, the countdown has begun to move on to college dorms and remove your ...

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Moving-to-College Tips

I was looking through some old photographs the other day and came upon one that made me laugh out loud. We were moving our daughter to college for her first year and after we had finished loading up the old ’85 Honda Accord, I took a picture of the car. It was ridiculous. Not only ...

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Summertime College Visits: Good Idea?

Many rising high school seniors and their families attempt to combine summer vacation traveling with college visits. From a logistical point of view, this makes sense. Parents’ free time is limited, especially in those households where both parents work. Planning a summer vacation excursion that includes routes through possible candidate colleges can be a fun ...

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