1. Back-to-School Items You Shouldn’t Need to Buy New

    School supplies in backpackAs your son or daughter prepares for a new school year, you review the list of items needed. List in hand, you and your child head to the store to buy the back-to-school supplies, aware that the cost can add up quickly.

    To avoid excessive expense, it’s important to decide which items to buy and which can be reused. Here are some back-to-school supplies that you shouldn’t need to buy each year:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  2. Quiz: Which ‘Senior Superlative’ Should You have been Named in 12th Grade?

    senior superlative quizToward the end of the senior year of high school, classmates traditionally vote on which members of their class are worthy of being the most likely to succeed, or are the most athletic, or the funniest, or another superlative. More frequently than not, only a limited number of students end up being recognized superlatively – for better or worse.

    Whether or not you received this kind of senior-year tribute, take our fun “senior superlatives” quiz to find out which one you really might have deserved:

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    Categories: Quizzes
  3. 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
  4. 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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    Categories: College Planning
  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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