Borrowing for College: Advice about Loans for Students and Parents

Borrowing for College: Advice about Loans for Students and Parents

If you’re the parent of a current college student, or of a high school student heading in that direction, statistics on student loan debt in the U.S. are worrisome. Here are the numbers: Total student loan debt: $1.52 trillion Total U.S. borrowers with student loan debt:2 million Student loan delinquency or default rate: 7% (90+

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Why your daughter should consider a women’s college

Why your daughter should consider a women’s college

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For high school seniors who plan to attend college next year, this is application season. They’re polishing personal essays, securing letters of recommendations from teachers, ordering transcripts and filling out financial aid paperwork. Meanwhile, high school juniors are researching colleges and building their college lists. Many will plan spring travel to visit campuses near and far.

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Understanding the college application

Understanding the college application

The application is the tool colleges and universities use to make their admission decision. No two students are alike, and therefore no two completed applications are alike. Your student’s strengths may be in their impressive test scores, superb transcript, community involvement or the ability to write a vivid personal essay. It will be up to your student to

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Senior year in high school — How you and your student can make it through

Senior year in high school — How you and your student can make it through

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Having survived the pressures of junior year, your son or daughter is already familiar with the hectic and demanding schedule that typifies the second half of high school. However, additional balancing skills are required for the high wire act that is fall of senior year. In addition to having full and rigorous academic schedules, seniors

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October is College Application Month!

October is College Application Month!

This month, states all over the U.S. are sponsoring free College Application Month events where students and families can get help with the application process. The goal is to increase the number of students applying to college. With the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) now available on Oct. 1, many states are holding free financial

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Junior year — Navigating big changes

Junior year — Navigating big changes

Junior year of high school is a pivotal time for our teens. When my daughter began 11th grade just weeks ago, I’ll admit I felt the same trepidation I experienced when my son, now a college sophomore, started his junior year in high school. Then I remembered this truth: While this third year of high

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  • I've been through the process twice, and you are so right: it is stressful! However, everything works out for the best. My daughter ended up attending a school she didn't even want to see. In fact, the day we went to visit, she decided to leave the tour early, rather than going to the question and answer session. Well, it was the best four years of her life thus far, and she has made lifetime friends and had many wonderful experiences because of her education there. Thanks for sharing. I always love reading your pieces.