1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Parents & First-Year Students: What You Need to Know About Student Loans

    Father & Daughter Discuss Student LoansWhen it comes to paying for college, student loans may be a necessity for some families. But all student loans were not created equally. Before your child signs that promissory note, it’s important to understand the student loan commitment, as well as the various kinds of student loans available, and of course, how to apply.

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  4. Who Can Qualify for In-State College Tuition? New Laws Expand Access

    Diverse group of college studentsIn-state tuition for college can cost a lot less than out-of-state tuition, often by one third. This makes state colleges and universities powerful lures for students and families looking to limit the cost.

    Until recently, some categories of individuals, including “stateless” veterans and undocumented immigrants, were not eligible for in-state tuition no matter where they lived. In most states, to receive in-state tuition, you have to be able to prove that you’ve lived in the state for at least one year. Veterans just coming off of deployment can’t do that, nor can children of undocumented workers.

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  5. Off-the-Beaten-Path Scholarships to Help Pay for College

    With the cost of a college education in the United States still on the rise, people keep seeking increasingly creative ways to help pay for tuition and other expenses. After doing some legwork, we compiled a list of 10 college scholarships that may have passed under your radar, which your child may be eligible for but may not have considered.

    Whether your child’s interests are in business or social change or animal rights, he or she may be able to uncover a new or unexpected frontier that could help pay for his or her college education. For starters, here are 10 scholarships to help pay for college, in the areas of fire safety, community improvement, corrective eyewear, livestock, groceries, sandwiches, potatoes, animals, ducks, and … candy:

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