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Calculating Future College Costs

Did you know that parents of a newborn should start saving approximately $700 per month for the next 18 years in order to save enough money to pay for four years of college at a University of California (UC) school? That’s right – with college cost of attendance (COA) at a UC coming in at…

AP Courses: How Much is Too Much?

As colleges get increasingly competitive, students find themselves taking more and more AP (Advanced Placement) classes to gain an edge. Schools can offer up to 34 courses from Art History to Statistics for students to choose from. And why not? The rigorous classes (and a high score on the year-end exams) can boost grade point…

5 Steps to a Finance-Savvy Student

Heading off to college means gaining independence in several ways, and financial independence is one of the most important. Take some time to teach your student to navigate financial waters before they are on their own to avoid trouble with credit cards, overdraft fees and other tricky financial woes. Here are a few steps to…

Prepare Your CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®

While the CSS PROFILE® is required for only about 20 percent of private colleges, for students applying to those schools the application can be overwhelming. Many high school guidance counselors spend most of their time preparing students for submission of the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (which is required for all schools,…

6 Tips to Stay Organized with College Applications

The college application process can be overwhelming. Different schools have varying requirements and deadlines, and it can be hard to keep track of what’s due when. Organization is essential to keep everything straight and make sure that nothing slips through the cracks. Here are 6 tips to help you stay organized. 1. Find out from…

Worried About the Expense of College?

College has a way of sneaking up on parents. Are you ready? Our one-hour workshops provide parents with steps they can take right now to lower the cost of college. Are you financially prepared to enter the most expensive time period of your life? All of our workshops offer steps you can take to get…