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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    Categories: College Planning
  2. Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School

    Girl writing in workbook at schoolThink back to when you were about to transition from elementary school to middle school. Maybe you felt anticipation, curiosity and excitement, or apprehension, anxiety and fear – perhaps all rolled into one. Maybe you couldn’t wait to have a locker for the first time but worried about remembering your locker combination, or maybe you looked forward to more challenging classes but wondered how you’d fit in with your new classmates. Eventually you adjusted to the changes.

    Your child, too, may experience various emotions as he or she prepares to enter a new and bigger school. As a parent, you’ll want to help prepare your child before and during this transition, but you’ll also need to be prepared for some changes in your child.

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  3. 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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  4. What Is the Best Time to Read to Your Child?

    Mother and daughter reading togetherYour parents may have read aloud to you before bedtime, and your grandparents may have read aloud to your parents before their bedtime, but have you ever wondered about the benefits of all of that reading aloud before bedtime?

    Is bedtime the best time for reading to your child? At what age should you start reading to a child? What is the most beneficial time to read to your child to facilitate word retention?

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  5. 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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