1. Taking a Gap Year: The Pros and Cons of Taking Time Off Before College

    Young Woman TravelingFor many, the term “gap year” is synonymous with travel. However, travel is only one of many things a student can do when taking a year off between high school and college. In this post, we’ll look at the advantages and drawbacks of taking a gap year between high school and college.

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  2. Admission Denied: What to Do if Your Child Gets Waitlisted

    Student Receives Waitlist Notice From College Getting waitlisted is not the end of the world. In fact, the National Association of College Admissions Counselors found that 39 percent of colleges put some students on a waitlist in 2009. Once college admissions committees know that they have the space to admit more students, they turn to their waitlist of college applicants and reevaluate whom they want to admit.

    If your child has been waitlisted, there are several considerations to help you determine whether to wait or move on to Plan B:

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  3. How Much Does College Really Cost?

    College students listen in classAlthough there’s no magic number to answer the “how much does college cost?” question – because so many factors are involved – there are official estimates available from authoritative sources, such as the College Board.

    As a guideline, we’ve compared some key current average costs between public and private universities, based on research from the College Board and College Data conducted in 2014. These comparisons may help you to more easily plan and budget for your child’s college education:

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  4. Gerber Life “Feeding Their Future” Sweepstakes

    Feeding Their Future sweepstakes logoIf you’ve been reading this blog since last year, you’ll recall that in the autumn of 2014 the Gerber Products Company — “the baby food people” — gave away a $50,000 Gerber Life College Plan as well as daily cash prizes.

    Today we have good news for all of our readers: Back by popular demand, the Gerber Products Company is running the “Feeding Their Future” sweepstakes once again!

    Yes, once again you could win money for college by taking home a $50,000 Gerber Life College Plan or $500 daily Instant Win prize. The sweepstakes start on May 11 and run through June 22, 2015 at midnight.

    To enter the sweepstakes, just follow these instructions:

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  5. What to Do if Your Child Says “No” to College or Doesn’t Know What to Study?

    Empty Lecture HallFor many families and students, a college education historically has been a means to an end: a better-paying job or a more secure future. Nevertheless, college is an investment in time, effort and money that many would-be students aren’t sure they want to make or are able to make.

    The New York Times has reported that some people are lured by stories of riches to be made in Silicon Valley, and that others simply don’t know what they want to study.

    What can you do if your child says “no” to college or doesn’t know what to study?

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