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In-State Vs. Out-Of-State College: What’s The Best Option?

Whether your teen is narrowing down their top public college choices or waiting for acceptance letters to arrive, they’ll eventually have to make that all-important decision of, “Which college do I choose?” For many students, that includes choosing between an in-state college and out-of-state college. There are pros and cons for each public college option,…

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What Is A 529 Plan And What You Need To Know About It

With the costs of a higher education continuing to rise, one college financial planning strategy many families use to invest in is a 529 plan. Authorized by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, 529 plans are legally known as “qualified tuition plans,” and are “sponsored by states, state agencies or educational institutions.” 529 plans…

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5 Helpful Tips On How To Choose A College

Is your teen putting together their college list? Are they wondering how to narrow down the selection and pick the best one? Figuring out how to choose a college and the multiple factors to consider can be daunting. On top of that, knowing their decision impacts the next four years of their life and beyond…

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How To Determine, “Is College Worth It?”

With student loan debt totaling a whopping 1.5 trillion dollars, it’s understandable that many people might be asking the question, “Is college worth it?” After all, next to a home mortgage, paying for higher education is one of the most significant financial investments a person can make during their lifetime. Studies show that college is…

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The Best Financial Tips For New College Students

Your student has successfully navigated high school, toured campuses, applied to and been accepted into college. All summer, they’ve dreamt of the momentous day when their new life away from home begins, as well as all the freedom and responsibility that comes along with it. As a parent, you know they’ll learn much more than…

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How To Make The Most Of Your Campus Tour

When your college-bound student has prepared their list of top colleges and begun moving toward the decision-making phase, the most exciting way to narrow down the selection is with a campus tour. By experiencing the college environment firsthand, talking with program directors and students, and seeing the facilities up close, it will be easier for…