Budgeting

What to Do about the Cost of College

I was looking through my personal library the other day and found an old paperback that I had purchased when I was in high school (back around the time that the earth was still cooling from its formation). It was called How to Be Accepted by the College of Your Choice (Completely Revised 1961-1962 Edition), ...

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How Much Does College Really Cost?

Have you ever been inside an amusement park’s “fun house”? Inside many fun houses is a room full of mirrors that give you a variety of images of how you look, at least in the reflection of those mirrors. Of course, the “fun” part is seeing yourself distorted by the various bends and contours of ...

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Finding The “True” Cost of College

One of the dangers of shopping for colleges is looking only at the so-called “sticker” price. The analogy is car shopping. When you go to a dealer’s showroom or car lot and wander among the shiny new vehicles there, perhaps your first stop is the price sticker in the window behind the driver’s door. This ...

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Managing Your College Cash

Eons ago, when I was in college, my parents would send me a letter or card now and then with a five or ten dollar bill in it. That kept me in snacks and movie money. I know, I know. You high school students who are reading this are probably laughing. “Card? Letter? Five bucks!?” ...

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Factors Influencing College Enrollment Decisions

Why do high school seniors (and their families) make the decisions they do about which college will get an enrollment deposit? These are not “normal” times in America (or in the world, for that matter).  The economic wreckage that has resulted from the various collapses has put tremendous strain on many families who in better ...

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Student Checking Accounts

When I was in college back in the day, I used to look forward to that special card or letter from home that had a five or ten dollar bill folded neatly inside. Those were the days when five or ten dollars were really worth something, not like today when a five will get you ...

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Is College Worth It?

That’s a question many parents are asking themselves when faced with the likelihood that they will be entering into a much deeper world of sacrifice and debt when the Ivy gates open wide for their son or daughter. I’ve written before here about the rising tsunami of student debt. It’s a fact, not speculation. Beginning ...

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College Meal Plans

I remember the first time I ate in a college cafeteria. I was visiting a prospective campus with my Dad and part of our tour provided us with a lunch in the lower level of the (then) student union building. I noted that there wasn’t a whole lot of difference between my high school cafeteria ...

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Tax Filing Tips for Students

Far more students, both high school and college, are working these days. The cost of living (and learning) is high, and young people who are not fortunate enough to come from financially well-off families (and even those who are) are looking to part-time incomes to bridge cash-shortfall gaps. Along with the earning comes the onerous ...

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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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