Whether your child is an upcoming Freshman or a returning Junior, it’s never too early to start planning for the upcoming college school year. Like most parents, you probably want to assist your child with the cost of college tuition beyond any scholarships, grants, or student loans of their own. If you need to borrow money, you may need to decide which is the best option for you – a Federal Parent PLUS Loan or a Parent Private Student Loan.Continue reading “Student Loans – How to choose between Parent PLUS Loans vs. Private Parent Loans”
No one wants their college application to end up in the rejection pile, and while having perfect grades and a robust resume of volunteering and extracurricular activities will help you get accepted, it won’t guarantee you a spot on next year’s roster. One way to increase your odds of acceptance is by submitting a pristine application that shows a clear understanding of your identity and goals.Continue reading “Common College Application Mistakes that Can Put You in the Rejection Pile”
It’s time to pack up and head off to Freshman year – but…what to bring?
Whether your college provides you with a checklist, you Google it yourself, or just decide to wing it, it’s bound to include the staples like a laptop, linens, toiletries, clothes, food, etc. But there are a few things you might not know you needed. You also might be so busy thinking about your class schedule, what your roommate will be like and what to wear on your first day, that you end up forgetting some things.Continue reading “Unexpected College Dorm Room Necessities You Didn’t Know You Needed”
“Kiddie Condos” are one of the newest buzz phrases and latest trend for parents of college students who are looking to treat room and board as more of an investment vs. an expense. The concept: Purchase a home, condo or apartment in the town where your college student goes to school, purchase the home with them on the mortgage, and have them live there vs. campus housing or renting off campus. The idea behind the strategy is to put the money a family would generally spend on room and board, required meal plans, and out-of-state tuition into a property.Continue reading ““Kiddie Condos” – The Newest College Housing Trend”
Which should you save for first – your child’s future college tuition or your personal retirement? As a parent, this is a very emotional question – saving for your children’s continuing education to help them incur less debt and get a good education or financially preparing yourself and securing your future.
Many parents have decided that college savings should come first and are not only forgoing putting money in a retirement account, but they are dipping into their retirement savings to cover the costs of tuition. Yes, saving for college is important, but it is actually a luxury. How much you save for your child’s tuition is not a direct correlation to how likely it is that they will graduate. And don’t worry, your child can find other ways to pay for school: scholarships, grants, financial aid, part time jobs, or even finding a more affordable school.Continue reading “College Savings or Retirement – Which Should you Save for First?”
When it comes to planning for retirement, the process seems pretty simple: contribute to your IRA or 401(k), put extra savings aside each month, and reduce your spending as much as possible as you get closer to retirement. Once you are ready to retire, you should be able to rely on a combination of your investments, Social Security, your savings and Medicare to cover your needs.Continue reading “Surprising Expenses You Don’t Expect When Planning for Retirement”
Did you know that more than a quarter million U.S. college students spend a semester or year at foreign universities studying abroad? It has become a very popular part of the college experience with nearly every college in the country offering some sort of study abroad program. However, there is a lot to think about before your student hops on that plane to another country and culture.Continue reading “Your child is studying abroad – what you need to know”
Heading off to your first semester of college can be both an exciting and emotional time, and not just for the student! One often overlooked item is insurance. Should your college student remain on the family’s auto policy? Are their personal belongings covered if there is a fire or theft in the dorm, or they lose them? What happens if they are sick and need to see a doctor, are they covered?Continue reading “Back to School and Insurance – is your college student covered under your policies?”
Being a new graduate is an exciting time. You have accomplished a huge goal by earning your diploma and are ready to start the next chapter. Transitioning from student to full time employee is not always easy so here are some tips to help you navigate the process:Continue reading “Making the transition from recent college grad to full time employee”
Taking out student loans for college tuition and room and board is commonplace these days. If you recently graduated from college or decided to take a break from classes, be prepared to start paying back those loans 6 months from the time you leave school. While many students don’t pay close attention as those loans accumulate year after year, the lender does, and once you hit that 6-month threshold, expect those payment notices to start rolling in! Continue reading “When should you refinance your student loans?”