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College planning

Explore the articles in this section to learn expert tips on paying for college, saving money, getting financial aid and making informed decisions on student loans

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College Planning

Quiz: Are you financially prepared to send your child to college?

Whether you have small children still learning their ABCs or teenagers nearly ready to leave the nest, there's probably one question that weighs heavy on your mind.

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College Planning

3 Phases of finding money for college

Preparing to pay for a college education doesn't have to come from one bucket of money. By approaching fundraising efforts in three phases, you may be able to accomplish your goals.

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College Planning

3 free and easy budget worksheets for students

Freshman year of college may be some students' first experience with budgeting. This article lists three different resources for preparing a budget worksheet.

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College Planning

3 ways to meet the challenge of college expenses

This article explains three ways to reduce college expenses, including receiving grants and scholarships, applying for part-time jobs, and completing the FAFSA.

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College Planning

5 tips for saving money on college textbooks


The cost of textbooks can quickly add up each semester. There are several measures you could explore to reduce costs, such as buying used books, selling and renting.

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College Planning

5 tips on how to pay for college without loans

When it comes to college planning, there are a few things you can do to manage your bill on the front end. Read these tips to get started on the right foot.

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College Planning

5 ways to help your child pay for college

This article discusses several ways that parents can help financially support their children in college, such as helping them find scholarships and cosigning a private loan.

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