A Guide To Living For Empty Nesters
By the time we reach a little beyond middle age in our lives, chances are all of our kids have grown up and gotten out of the house, and this means that the feeling of having an empty nest may settle in and make you emotional. It is incredibly emotional to watch your children who […]
Negotiating the difficult discussion on which college to choose
April is such a key month for collegebound families, in no small part because final family decisions on a college are on deadline. By now, your student has acceptance letters in hand. But maybe this spring brought your student a towering stack of acceptance letters to consider. In such a case, how do you discuss collegiate opportunity with your student? And how do you, along with your college student, weight the reality of college finances in choosing a school?
Cracking the Coded Language of Financial Aid
decoder disc, image by flickr user LEOL30, cc license Yesterday, we covered the difficult coversations parents and students have when they negotiate which school to choose. For many families, cost is a major consideration. In fact, according to this U.S. News survey of college freshman:For 48.7% of freshman, financial assistance was very important in their final college choice. For 45.9% of freshman, the cost of attending their choice was very important in their final college choice. To understand the difference in costs, families need to compare their financial aid awards. The problem is, however, that these award letters can be confusing.
Vox: What is a student loan?
image by flickr user Sal Falko, cc license As school decisions are made, students and parents have to figure out how to pay. For most families (70%!), that means student loans. However, it's likely that students and parents have lots more to learn about the basics of student loans. To that end, enter Vox.