Summer Job Benefits and Why Your Student Needs One

For college and high school students, summers provide a welcomed respite from the rigors of the academic year. With a free schedule it is the perfect opportunity to find a summer job to earn some fun money for the upcoming year, and, most importantly, save for college. With the rising costs of college tuition, room and board, and other living … [Read more...]

5 Practical Money Skills for College Students

Practical money skills are essential to creating lifelong good money habits. For students, developing proper financial habits right from the start puts them on a positive path to becoming financially independent. To help your student, take time to help them navigate financial waters before they are on their own; they’ll be more likely to … [Read more...]

5 Questions Parents Most Often Ask About Their 529 Plans

529 plans are one of the go-to college savings options for parents. They are heavily marketed, tax-advantaged, let you make high annual contributions, and don’t have income or age restrictions. Many families have some money in 529 plans (which they plan to use for college). If you’re one of those families who have some college savings into a 529 … [Read more...]

15 Things to Know About U.S. News’ College Rankings

By Lynn O'Shaughnessy  Published originally on TheCollegeSolution.com While U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings are wildly popular, few families know much about how they are created. Before you place too much faith in U.S. News’ college rankings, here are 15 things that you should know about them. 1. U.S. News relies on rankings to … [Read more...]

Master Your Financial Aid Appeal in 5 Easy Steps

It’s about that time of year—when your senior is mid-way through their term—that financial aid packages come flooding into your mailbox. Seeing the raw numbers may cause a bit of panic. You remember hearing something about appealing financial aid, but where do you start? It’s a pretty straightforward process, and worth trying. Financial aid … [Read more...]