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How To Link College Studies To Actual JOBS – Avoiding Unemployment After Graduation

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One of the biggest challenges facing many college and university students today is not necessarily the substantial work of higher education itself – but the fear of what comes after graduation! This is especially worrisome in a current economic climate which has large numbers of college students facing unemployment (or, equally as concerning, UNDER-employment) after the completion of their university studies. After all, one of the main points of higher education is to prepare a young person for a brighter professional future. Nobody – neither parent nor college student – really wants to finish a hard-earned degree and be forced back into living with parents or working at a dead-end job.

With that in mind, this month’s article is focused on practical suggestions for your student that will affect both his or her future college career, as well as parlaying that educational experience into gainful employment once the degree is completed. Entering college with this type of thought process in mind – even if a student does not know what to major in at the outset – can make all the difference for developing professional options after graduation. Read more »

Comparison Shopping: A Look At REAL College Costs vs. “Sticker Shock…” How Much Will You Actually Pay

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As another school year begins, it is a good time to focus on the realities of the costs surrounding a college future for your high school student.

There are so many different elements that go into the overall costs of higher education these days that it can be a dizzying task just to make a list, let alone to understand the ins and outs of each potential cost. Read more »

Financial and Asset Management: Will it Help or Hurt YOUR College-Bound Child?

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Parents of college-bound high school students are often a little bit baffled or frustrated when they think about managing the expenses for their child’s future academic endeavors… and we understand that the subject can be a challenging one no matter how early one starts to deal with the process. And, of course, the stress related to college prep only increases exponentially if the college funding situation is ignored, which is why we are always such proponents of starting the process early!

One of the pitfalls that is faced by many parents actually acts as something of a double-edged sword – and that pitfall is financial and asset management – specifically with regard to college funding and preparation! Read more »

The Five Best Reasons For Starting EARLY With College Preparation… Both Financial And Otherwise

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The new year is now in full swing, and since we are in the early stages of 2015 we thought it would be an ideal time to focus a newsletter on one of our favorite (and often, sadly, ignored) topics… getting things moving EARLY with college preparation!

Yes, it may seem like a refrain that parents have heard from many sources over many years, but this old chestnut still holds plenty of truth. We see it in every aspect of our college preparation work, and starting early on all fronts is one of the most effective engines for creating a successful preparation for a student’s higher education. Read more »

Three Top Application and Financial Strategies For Convincing Colleges to Grant YOUR Student More Money!

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As the year comes to a close and the holidays approach, we are reminded of the importance of family and the inherent value that parents place on securing the successful futures of their children. It is one of the most valuable parts of what we do as College Funding Professionals – helping families to achieve their goals in sending their college-bound students on to the best educational institutions possible! The fact that this is absolutely key in helping these young people to create the brightest of futures through their own hard work and academic dedication is not lost on us, either. Read more »

Tips for Preparing Tomorrow’s College Students Against Financial Predators

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When students are relatively safely ensconced in their high school experience, parents and educators are actively engaged in their efforts to prepare them academically for the rigors of college or university studies. This is as it should be, of course, and the students themselves need to play a personal role in the academic preparation, as well. Read more »