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Welcome to the New Adulthood

For most of us, moving out of the parental units’ house is the ultimate signifier of adulthood.  So, what’s the threshold defining adulthood for the growing numbers of 25 year olds, who live with their parents (even after moving away for college)? Since 2002, parental co-residence rates have only risen:   And, in 2012:   Related PostsGuest …

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Student Debt in Seven Charts

Not all student debt is ruinous.  However, borrowing can be complex.  Loans spend tomorrow’s income today, and for college students, a promise of tomorrow’s income is spent to pay for expenses in the present day.  Understanding recent growth in student loans and the challenges of repayment can help potential student loan borrowers consider both the benefits and the risks before borrowing. …

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Wait…I Have Student Debt?!?

In a recent survey published by the Brookings Institute, current college students with student debt were unaware of the exact loan amounts, as well as what they’d eventually repay.  At $1.2 Trillion and growing daily, total student debt may be more complicated than we, as a society understand. Highlights of the findings are below: At a public four-year …

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Why Winning Free Money Takes Effort

Scholarships are not mysterious.  Winning them takes work – which is only a continuation of the efforts to be eligible to compete for scholarships in the first place.   Related Posts“I Got In. Now, How Do We Pay for College?” No Free Lunch: A Student Loan Borrower’s Tale The Bill Always Comes Due The Benefits …

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Free Money For the Asking

Imagine someone wants to give away money to help pay for college, and publicly extends their offer to many people. The only step needed to get the money is to ask for it.  Asking for the money happens as a written request – usually consisting of some forms requesting basic personal contact information and a …

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Ahead of the Curve: December 13, 2013

From the News: How to Stop Worrying about College Rejection, Washington Post December 9, 2013 Could LinkedIn’s University Pages Make the Difference in the College Admissions Process?, CBS Los Angeles December 6, 2013 College Admissions Offers May Be Easier to Obtain, Los Angeles Times November 25, 2013 From Clients: End of the Semester: “studying” for …

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Top 10 Remarks NOT To Make At Holiday Gatherings

Seniors and their entire immediate family are experiencing the college application process close up and personal. So in the spirit of holiday giving, if you don’t make ANY of the following top 10 remarks to a college applicant, they’ll appreciate the super-bonus holiday gift: 10. “So, where are you applying to college?” 9.  “What are …

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Choosing Colleges With The Price Tag In Mind

Price is increasingly becoming a factor in choosing colleges for application, and enrollment.  67% or two-thirds of families surveyed recently for a Sallie Mae study, eliminated potential colleges at some point in the application and research process based on price, with 40% not even researching colleges after learning the yearly costs.  Our clients are following …

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Ahead of the Curve: October 23, 2013

From the news: Overscheduled Children: How Big a Problem, New York Times October 11, 2013 #PSAT — Students Tweet Amusing Reactions to Standardized Test, Washington Post October 16, 2013 Higher Price Pays Way Into Some College Classes, San Francisco Chronicle October 16, 2013 Army Realigns Reserve Officer Training Program, U.S. Army October 2, 2013 From …

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Ahead of the Curve: October 16, 2013

From the News & Blog World: “Back to School” PC Sales Collapse to Worst Since 2008 Zero Hedge, October 10, 2013 Tuition, Net Price & Aid: Higher Ed Data Stories, October 8, 2013 Yale’s New President Says Expansion is a Priority: San Francisco Chronicle, October 12, 2013 From Clients: Slow and Steady: as college application …