Better than a $100,000 Scholarship?

Friends, Lots of parents have been asking about the new service I’ve been writing about the last few weeks. Some are curious. Some are incredulous. Some say, “Will you stop teasing us and just tell us already?” Fair enough. I will, but… … not before making one more pronouncement. Actually, these words are not mine, […]

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Don’t go to college without this

Friends, Do you have insurance on your home, your car, your health? I’d be shocked if you didn’t. People have homeowners insurance to protect against fires, floods, and other calamities. They get auto insurance to replace their car if they get in a wreck. And they buy health insurance to protect themselves from high medical […]

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The worst sin you can commit against yourself

Friends, Today, only about one third of students who attend public universities graduate in 4 years. Only half of students who attend private colleges graduate in 4 years. Eight out of 10 students change their major. Many change their major 3 times, which often pushes back their graduation date. In fact, over half will require […]

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Do you have a dream for your child?

Friends, Do you have a child going off to college soon? Do you ever fret about where she’ll get accepted? Do you question whether his GPA or ACT scores are competitive enough, or whether he has the right extracurricular activities? Do you ever worry about her changing majors and taking 5 or 6 years to […]

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Your College Funding Plan for 2016

Quick question for parents of seniors and juniors: What’s your plan to pay for college? Loans? Mortgaging your house? Dipping into your retirement plan? Powerball lottery ticket? Or, “No clue.” There is a better way…but there’s bad news: it won’t happen all by itself. By that I mean, don’t hold your breath waiting for your […]

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Which college outcome is better

  Friends, I want to share with you two things that crossed my desk. Complete polar opposites, actually. And I think a good demonstration of how the choices we make can have a profound effect on our students’ career and life success. The first was an email I received from a friend, asking for advice […]

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What’s the Job of College?

Friends, There are lots of reasons to go to college. To expand one’s knowledge… to explore, discover, experiment… to find one’s place in the world. Lofty pursuits, all. But for most people (at least those who have to take care of themselves after graduation), college is about, if not finding a job, than at least […]

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What Students Don’t Know About Student Debt

Friends, It’s no secret that student loan debt has topped $1 trillion – surpassing even the total of our credit card debt. The average U.S. student graduates with nearly $30,000 in debt. However, that’s a national number. In our geographic area, the per student debt is higher. What surprises me most about the current situation: […]

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What’s the Job of College?

Friends, There are lots of reasons to go to college. To expand one’s knowledge… to explore, discover, experiment… to find one’s place in the world. Lofty pursuits, all. But for most people (at least those who have to take care of themselves after graduation), college is about, if not finding a job, than at least […]

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College Brochure Avalanche

Friends, Recently a family came to see us and the conversation turned to merit aid. “I already know there are a whole bunch of colleges willing to give us money,” the mother declared. “That’s great,” I said. “How do you know that?” “Almost every day my son gets a big package and beautiful brochure from […]

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