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8 Steps to Prepare to Study Abroad

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Did you get into a study abroad program? Now is the time to start preparing! Use this checklist to be sure you’re ready for anything.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: 5 Tips for Students on a Budget

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Black Friday can be a bonanza for college students on a budget if you follow these simple rules.

College Thanksgiving: 5 Things to Do When You Can’t Go Home

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Not all college students can make it home for Thanksgiving—the flights may be too expensive, the trips too long for a weekend, the weather too unpredictable. Maybe you have a research project you need to monitor or a term paper coming due. Just because you can’t make it home doesn’t mean you can’t have an […]

Home for the Holidays: Great Advice for College Students and Parents

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It’s that time of year again. The holidays are here, and that means you’re probably on one side of this coin: a college student coming home for the holidays or the parents of one. Whether you’re a parent or a student, we all know that managing time with family during the holidays can be tricky. […]

5 Must-Do Things When Taking a College Campus Tour

It is all about the college campus tour.  One study found that the campus visit is the single largest influence on student application decisions. College Campus tours help students get to know schools more intimately. It easy to research a school, check out their social media profiles, examine locations, majors offered, student/teacher ratio, etc. However, […]

Should Student Loans Be Eligible For Bankruptcy?

Another year of college classes has begun, paid for with another round of student loans. According to a recent article from the Center for American Progress, cumulative student-loan debt increased by 80 percent for students at public institutions and by about 50 percent at both private non-profit institutions and for-profit schools between 1990 and 2008. In […]

College Tuition Increasing Faster than Inflation: How to Cut Costs

According to a recent NPR report, the cost of college has been increasing “faster than inflation, and family incomes can’t keep up.” In the 1970s, tuition at the University of California, Berkeley, was around $700. Today, U.C. Berkeley students pay around $15,000 per year, a 2,000 percent increase. We are stuck in a frustrating cycle: As […]

Federal Student Loan Rates Go Down

On August 9, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Student Loan Act of 2013, which lowers Federal Student loan rates, retroactive to July 1, 2013. The new Federal student loan rates for the current year starting July 1 will be 3.86% for Federal student loans for undergraduates, 5.41% for Federal student loans for graduate students, and 6.41% for Federal PLUS […]

Return on Investment in Paying for College

Paying for college is a big investment. A wise investor wants to know what the return on investment (ROI) will be, but how can you find the ROI for paying for college? And how can you figure out the ROI of paying for a particular major, or for a particular college? The website payscale.com provides starting and mid-career salary […]

Paying for College: Grants and Scholarships Surpass Parents’ Role

  According to a new poll on paying for college from student loan giant Sallie Mae, college grants and college scholarships now account for 30% of college costs for the average family, as families continue to deal with rising tuition costs in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Overall college spending per student has also declined from $24,000 in […]

5 Things to Know About the Transition From High School to College

The summer between the end of high school and freshman year of college is truly a memorable time. You are encountering a transition that is exciting, nerve-wracking, incredibly intriguing, and fairly frightening all at once. This is one summer you won’t be spending worrying about the return of your school’s all too familiar bell schedules […]

How to Survive Living at Home for the Summer

  You did it – you made it through the year, and the final push is always the hardest, isn’t it? Cramming for finals, cramming in one last all-nighter with friends, trying to squeeze out every last ounce of this experience before the inevitable: moving back home for the summer. Just when you were getting used to […]