Parents

Mom/Dad Recommendation Letters

Who’s your Daddy? Or your Mommy, for that matter? Could they possibly be a plus factor for your college application? Maybe. For you high school seniors out there, most college application deadlines have passed, although there are always some schools looking for applicants well into the spring or beyond. However, for you juniors, you may ...

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A Recommendation Letter from Mom or Dad

Who’s your Daddy? Or your Mommy, for that matter? Could they possibly be a plus factor for your college application? Maybe. For you high school seniors out there, most college application deadlines have passed, although there are always some schools looking for applicants well into the spring or beyond. However, for you juniors, you may ...

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Spring Break Sites: Rank(ed)

I never went on a wild and crazy spring break. Of course, back then, most of today’s favorite spring break locations were just swamps, weed-filled fields, or too hot to occupy since the earth was still cooling after its formation. Yeah, that was a while ago. Anyway, it’s that time of year again, when thousands ...

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Can I Claim My Dad as My Custodial Parent?

Question: I am wondering who I can claim as my “custodial parent” on my FAFSA application. Living as a middle class family, we want to receive as much aid as possible to help pay for college. I currently reside with my mother and stepfather. My parents were divorced when I was young. My mother and ...

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Young People & Money Matters

Over the years, I’ve posted now and then about how young people, especially high schoolers and college students, can take control of their finances. It seems as though every day there is some kind of story, either in the newspaper or on TV, about the ever-rising cost of living and skyrocketing college costs. If you’re ...

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Mental Prep for Higher Ed

The summer between high school and college can be an emotional time for both students and parents. After 17 to 18 years of living at home, under parental scrutiny, college-bound teens suddenly encounter the reality of “escaping the nest” (with all the associated (usually) positive and negative circumstances). For some, it may be like Columbus’ ...

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Insure Your College Student

College life has gotten increasingly complex over the past decade. If you’re the parent of a high school senior who’s heading to college (or even an actual high school senior, yourself, heading for college), you need to know about insurance. I’m not talking about life insurance; I’m talking about insurance to cover medical problems, theft, ...

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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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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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Financial Help When Parents CAN Pay for College but WON’T

Question: I am a sophomore in high school and a very competitive student. When I graduate, I plan to attend a very competitive school for pre-med. However my parents have just told me that they are not willing to pay for my college education. The problem is that they make plenty of money, and I ...

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