Parents

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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A Parent’s Role in College Admissions

Like many issues today in our hyper-kinetic, uptight world, the process of college admissions can be a huge pile of anxiety for both applicants and their parents. The applicant is up tight about finding the right college and getting in. Parents are worried not only about their son or daughter finding the right school and ...

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Parents’ College-Search Fears

Parents, if your child is currently in the midst of his or her college application process, you are likely involved on some level. Some of you are more involved than others. In fact, some of you may well be the driving force behind that process, if you child isn’t overly enthusiastic about all the time ...

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College Admissions Stresses Parents, Too

I went through the college admissions process with two children, a son and a daughter. The challenge for our daughter was far less taxing than that for our son, mainly because she chose the Early Decision route for a college that was not only recruiting her for her music talent but also for which she ...

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A Parent’s Role in College Admissions

Parents, how involved should you be in your child’s college admissions process? I’ve known parents who wanted to sit next to their child during the admissions interview. I kid you not. I’ve also dealt with parents who have used the dreaded “we” in their exchanges with me. “We have come up with 15 colleges that ...

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Helicopter Parents Hovering More

Back in the day, when I applied to college, my parents barely knew where I was applying. Neither of them went to college, so they weren’t privy to even the Fred Flintstone methodology of college admissions in the mid-’60s (that’s the 1960s, for all of you who think I’m older than dirt).  It’s not that ...

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How Does Divorce+Remarriage Affect Financial Aid?

Question: How is financial aid determined when the parents are divorced and both are remarried? When both parents are remarried, the colleges that use only the FAFSA form will make their financial aid determinations based on the income and assets of just the custodial parent and his/her spouse. (And I’m talking about the stepparent here, ...

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Your Non-Endless Summer

School’s out for the summer and summer is here. You may be thinking of summer as a long haul from now to when school starts again, but summer isn’t endless; it’s quite short, actually. If you’re a rising senior, this summer shouldn’t be anywhere near endless for you. Your summer should already be underway and ...

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Get Your Mind Right for College

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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Getting By for Less in College

Looking for an interesting book about how to stretch your dollars for college? Here’s a good one:  BROKE! A College Student’s Guide to Getting By on Less. Authors Trent Anderson and Seppy Basili ask: “What’s the first thing any self-respecting college student does the first time he goes broke?” Here’s yet another oddly shaped 4.5-inch ...

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