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The college money talk nobody wants to have but everybody should

Talking about college and money has probably edged out sex and drugs on the list of conversations parents LEAST want to have with their teenager. Maybe it’s because there’s no marketing campaign to go with it. So consider this a start toward that end. Parents, have the conversation with your kids about college and money! Why do families avoid having the college money conversation? Lots of reasons based on my experience with hundreds upon hundreds of college-bound families. First off,…

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7 years of college…down the drain! How to Graduate in a Reasonable Amount of Time

Most American college students don’t graduate in four years. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, only 60% of college students graduate “on time” at the institution from which they began their college education, and the number of years used for this calculation is actually six instead of four. (The author of the statement above, Bluto Blutarsky from “Animal House”, may have been very close to graduating but he was at least one year beyond “on time” status.) Lower…

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Counting All the Costs of College

In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing videos, blogs and resources to help families better understand and prepare for all the costs of college. Precisely because a college education has become an incredibly expensive investment, much of my time will be devoted to financial considerations, including an in-depth look at the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA as it is known by millions of parents and students. Other topics will include creative ways for parent(s) and students to…

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Paying for college when one size doesn’t fit all

How to pay for college is an issue that keeps parents awake at night, and students, too. As a college planner, one of the things I encourage students and their parents to do sooner than later is to have a discussion about, “Who’s paying for what and when?” when it comes to college. College money talk causes the most stress and is one that can be the most difficult to talk about. But it doesn’t have to be. Here I’ll share…

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On My Way To College, I Met A Prom.

As I discuss how to afford college with the families I work with, I tend to notice things that compete with the family college dollar. One of these is Prom. The capital P is intentional. I think it represents the place Prom has come to hold among our community rituals. Not bad or good. It just is. It’s Prom Season. All across Madison and surrounding areas, junior and senior girls will don dresses worth several hundred dollars (one friend told…

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