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 college students should use LinkedIn

Why college students should use LinkedIn

When you think about social media, LinkedIn may not immediately come to mind. It doesn’t seem “social” — it’s not where your friends hang out. Or is it? With more than 500 million users (40 percent of whom check in daily), LinkedIn has huge potential to shape your life. You and your college student should

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Transferring from One College to Another — Successfully

Transferring from One College to Another — Successfully

By Catherine McDonald Davenport, Interim Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions at Dickinson College   Whew! The college search is in the rearview mirror and your son or daughter is immersed in their first semester of college. Success! Then the texts messages start. “I didn’t do well on midterms.” “I don’t really have anyone

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Help your college student graduate in four years

Help your college student graduate in four years

It can be frustrating for parents to realize that, even if they’re paying most of their son or daughter’s college expenses, they make few of the decisions and may hear little if anything about their student’s progress. The college years are when parents really see their role changing to that of coach and onlooker. However,

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Campus sexual assault — What parents need to know

Campus sexual assault — What parents need to know

As we update this article on October 1, 2018, in the midst of emotional public conversation resulting from testimony about sexual assault during the Senate confirmation hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, it seemed helpful to share resources for parents looking for guidance about how to talk to children, teens and college students about safe and

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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.