College Prep – For Parents

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Semper paratus.  Always prepared.  When it comes to college planning, many people think that saving for college from the time your college-bound child is born is the primary piece of college planning’s “semper paratus.”  And that is true, but only in part.  What if I told you that in today’s crazy world of college admissions, getting prepared takes much more than that?  Yes, saving $$ is wise, of course!  However, if you really want to get your child ready, ...

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Repost: 4 Ways to Lower the Cost of College

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I saw this article about tuition savings on Fidelity and thought I would share it.

By Mark McLaughlin

Families are becoming more frugal with tuition bills why not find out more. Here are four ways you can too.
Americans have become so accustomed to discounts on everything from cans of soda to new cars that savvy parents like Michael Reinemer are even getting a break on college tuition.

Reinemer, a communications consultant in Annandale, Va., estimates he shaved 15% to 20% ...

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UC San Diego – a quick review

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With a four star quality of life according the “Fiske Guide to Colleges,” the University of California at San Diego combines academic rigor with a great location making this UC one of the most popular in the system.  Known for its intense programs in the sciences, students enrolled at UCSD will also find challenging coursework in economics, engineering, oceanography, political science, and psychology.  Getting into UCSD has become increasingly more difficult over the years ...

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Two Portland Area Colleges Worth Considering

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I had the pleasure of touring Lewis and Clark College and Reed College the other week while in Portland, Oregon. Both are small, private, liberal arts schools with spectacularly scenic grounds.

Reed College is a city based college built in 1908. Tucked away in Southeast Portland, the stately grounds suggest a British feel while the atmosphere, though groovy, has a decidedly academic and serious vibe. Once on campus, you quickly forget that ...

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Paying for College? Read This Book.

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“Paying for College Without Going Broke”

Starting to fret and break a sweat about paying for college? You are in good company. With the economy still flat and the cost of tuition on the rise, most of us are stressing. Adding to our stress is the inaction of the Congress to keep student loan interest rates low. More and more, affording college, especially a private one, is feeling out of reach for the average US family.

Here’s hoping you are reading this ...

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The Power of Imagination

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I was fortunate enough to have been born into a family where going to college was a given, and this is something that I internalized from a young age.  The question was not whether or not I would go to college, but where and what I would study.

As college costs have risen and our public finances have become strained, even those families who are predisposed to send their children to college may feel ambivalent about taking on the financial obligations ...

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