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Building Trust Between Colleges and Parents

Presidents of colleges and universities love to talk.They love to talk about the schools they lead, and why they are great. They love to talk about problems facing America and the world, and how U.S. higher education is producing the next generation of leaders to solve those problems. And they love to talk about the federal government, and how it is not spending enough money in support of colleges and universities.Actually, college presidents love to talk most of the time. When it comes to certain subjects, they grow quiet.
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Eight Ways to Help Pay for College

The National Commission on the Cost of Higher Education reports that the cost of higher education has risen dramatically. Between 1987 and 1996, the cost of attending public institutions rose by 132 percent, and the cost for private institutions increased by 99 percent both during a period of relatively low inflation with a modest 52 percent increase in family disposable income.
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Rights and Responsibilities in College Admissions

The bumper sticker slogan, "Freedom is not free," applies to college admissions just as it does to democracy.Students have the freedom to apply to college wherever they want, and colleges are free to accept their application, or not.And just as in democracy, freedom in the college admissions process comes with both rights and responsibilities, for the school and for the applicant.
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PURSUING A PASSION BEATS CHECKING ANOTHER BOX

Parents often ask me about the importance of extracurricular activities when it comes to supporting a college, graduate school or job application for their son or daughter.Here's how I answer that question. First, I make clear that four other components of the application are more important because schools and employers have found them to be greater indicators of initial success. These components are:
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Four Easy Steps To Application Sanity

One peek in your son's room confirms that he's in the midst of the college application process. His floor is littered with school viewbooks, post-it notes obscure his computer screen, and his test score summary has gone AWOL. One thing is certain: if colleges are looking for well-organized students, he'll be getting mostly thin envelopes. You wonder how he'll ever pull it all together!
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FINANCES TOP SURVEY LIST OF CURRENT COLLEGE PARENT CONCERNS

College students' finances are of "extreme" or "great concern" to nearly half of the 1,727 respondents to the Second Annual National Survey on the Current College Parent Experience, which was conducted online from February 23 through March 5, 2007.Approximately one-half of the respondents were made up of those of you who receive this weekly e-mail and who reside in the College Parents of America database. The other half of respondents came from parents who are part of the Student Advantage, LLC database, a College Parents of America partner since 2005.
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MAKING TIME FOR STUDY CAN BE A CHALLENGE

The school year is now at least a few weeks old for the vast majority of colleges across the country, though some on the quarter system may just be getting started this week or next.If your child is still in secondary school, you've probably remarked to each other how difficult it is, with today's busy lifestyles, for him or her to actually find time to study.But study time is critical, and it gets even more important when the young adults in your household go off to college.
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Is the SAT Obsolete?

Until recently, it would have been heresy, and just plain bad practical advice, to tell a high school junior or senior with college aspirations not to take the SAT, especially if he or she lived on either coast of the United States.This ritual college admissions test, owned and operated by The College Board and administered by Pearsons, has hit some rocky times though, and now, more than ever, families of college-bound students may want to consider the SAT alternative or not take an admissions test at all.What happened to cause the mighty SAT to wobble?
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Teens Reap Many Benefits from Mentor Relationships

Teens who identify at least one influential, "natural" mentor in their life - a person not assigned by a formal mentoring program - report that they have a higher sense of self and are more likely to take risks that affect their lives positively, according to data recently released by SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and Liberty Mutual.
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Other Savings Options

Other Savings OptionsWhile 529 plans may be the hottest and most flexible way to save for college, there are other, non-traditional methods which make sense in certain cases. Recent laws make saving for college via Roth IRAs a lot more favorable than in the past. All three major retirement vehicles listed below have advantages over 529 plans and Coverdells in that none of them count as assets for financial aid purposes, which generally increases grants and overall aid. See the list below for a quick overview: