Archive for the 'paying for college' Category

01 Feb

Student Income: 7 Easy Ways for Your Child to Make Extra Cash

In our current economy, every little bit of income can help; and for many families that means more responsibility for college payments is landing squarely on the shoulders of students themselves–and too many are rush towards the path of least resistance – student loans. Just because your student is in college doesn’t mean he or […]

29 Jan

Don’t Count on Athletic Scholarships: Northeastern Cuts its Football Team

As college budgets flounder in the recovering economy, we’ve seen colleges make cuts in some very unexpected places – including freezing staff and faculty salaries and decreasing their benefits. Now it seems schools are moving into the student activity danger zone. Down, Set, Take a Hike In an effort to reallocate smaller budgets, many colleges […]

17 Nov

Saving Big on Little Things with Student Discounts

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all those digits in the total cost of your college budget, but just as with other types of cost-cutting strategies, trimming down college costs can best be accomplished with a series of small, yet simple steps. One of the best ways to improve your budget with a child in […]

09 Nov

Limited Time Tax Credit Can Help Pay for College

If your family has been feeling pinched by the reported 4.4 – 6.5% increase in college costs this year, you’ll be happy to know that the stimulus bill that provided extra money for so many families has also created a new temporary tax credit–and it might be just what the doctor ordered. The American Opportunity […]

06 Nov

How to Budget WITH Your Student & Change Your Estimated College Cost

Let’s face it: even if you can get a tuition discount and figure out a clever book-buying cost- saving-strategy, college is expensive. It’s thousands of dollars. The only way to offset costs is to be creative, and most importantly, to get your student involved in the budgeting. Understanding YOUR Estimated Cost One of the first […]

02 Nov

Financial Aid: Not JUST for Freshman Year

High school counselors and college financial aid officers alike offer a big push for students to find financial aid for their freshman year of college, but that should only be the beginning of your hunt for aid in paying for college. Sophomore Year, and Beyond? The outpouring of assistance students get as high school seniors […]

26 Oct

New Legislation Could Nix College Health Insurance

If your student has been happily using his or her college’s health care plan, your family may be in for a surprise. Inside Higher Ed reported that President Obama’s new health care bill may completely eliminate college-provided health insurance! Current College Health Insurance When the HIPPA law passed in 1996, it created a provision for colleges […]

29 Sep

Your Must-Have “My Student Is Off to College” Checklist!

Though you’ve already said a tearful goodbye as your student made the big move to the dorms, it takes more than just a tuition check and some new textbooks to get your family ready for this big new step.  Each item on this Off to College Checklist will help you ensure that your family is […]

21 Aug

How Coupon Googling Can Save on College Costs

Laptop, microwave, extra long twin sheets, towels, mini-fridge, bicycle, backpack, plane tickets, a few warehouse-store sized cases of noodle cups–even those non-tuition college costs can add up quickly! Luckily for us, the internet is a virtual cornucopia of coupons, discounts, and savings. Deal Watchers If you have an item or category already in mind, check […]

06 Aug

Saving on Dorm Room Must-Haves

School will start before you know it, and that means college-bound students are preparing to move out of the nest on their own. Here’s how to make sure your student has all the necessities, without breaking your budget. Check the List If this year is your child’s first time living on campus, he or she […]

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