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  • Student Loan Forgiveness Programs: How to Choose a Job That Qualifies

    Sep 25, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Work & InternshipsRead More »
    Student Loan Forgiveness Programs: How to Choose a Job That Qualifies

    According to The Project on Student Debt, in the class of 2011, the average student loan borrower graduated with $26,600 in loan debt. Thankfully, though, according to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, an estimated 25% of the U.S. workforce is eligible for student loan forgiveness programs. With some early planning and awareness, college students can [&hellip...

  • How to Afford a Smartphone on a College Student Budget

    Sep 23, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    How to Afford a Smartphone on a College Student Budget

    Do you need to balance giving your college student the cell phone he or she wants against keeping your student on a budget? Don’t worry, there are ways to afford a smartphone on a college student budget. My oldest daughter made a convincing case for having a smartphone before she started college. On campus, the [&hellip...

  • College Scholarship Opportunities for Your Current College Student

    Sep 13, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    College Scholarship Opportunities for Your Current College Student

    My daughter had a couple of nice local college scholarship awards going into her freshman year. These were one-time amounts and it was great to save some money on the first-semester bill. But I figured there had to be scholarships available to current college students too, so I did some research. It turns out there [&hellip...

  • Luxury Student Housing May Be Affordable on Your College Campus

    Sep 12, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College LifeRead More »
    Luxury Student Housing May Be Affordable on Your College Campus

    Off-campus student housing has come a long way in recent years. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, “Since 2010, private equity firms, real estate investment trusts and private developers have been cranking up delivery of off-campus accommodations, often rich with amenities such as pools and movie theaters.” In many college towns, these options [&hellip...

  • 3 Time Management Tips for Your College Student

    Sep 12, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College TipsRead More »
    3 Time Management Tips for Your College Student

    My daughter has a busy college schedule: 17 credit hours, the cross country team, work, and an honors college fall musical production. She has to do a good job keeping track of everything to make sure nothing slips through the cracks. When she was in high school, her teachers taught time management tips through a [&hellip...

  • Parents: How to Maintain a Long Distance Relationship With Your College Student

    Sep 10, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College TipsRead More »
    Parents: How to Maintain a Long Distance Relationship With Your College Student

    When we dropped our oldest daughter off at college for her first semester, we wondered how to maintain a long distance relationship with her. We knew that our relationship with her would change, but we hoped that wouldn’t mean she wouldn’t want to communicate with us much. We worked on some ways to stay close, [&hellip...

  • The Empty Nest: Preparing for a Child Leaving for College

    Sep 4, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College LifeRead More »
    The Empty Nest: Preparing for a Child Leaving for College

    I didn’t really know how to prepare for a child leaving for college. There was so much excitement with my oldest daughter through the college search process, getting college acceptances, choosing a college, and going to orientation. I was so happy about all the great experiences that were ahead for her. Then one day it [&hellip...

  • Having a Car in College: Is It Necessary?

    Aug 28, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College TipsRead More »
    Having a Car in College: Is It Necessary?

    Many parents wrestle with the idea of their child having a car in college. On the one hand, they want their child to be able to go where he or she needs to go and not be stuck on campus. On the other hand, they don’t want their child to become the dorm taxi service! [&hellip...

  • Living Off Campus in College: Parents, Help Your Student Prepare

    Aug 26, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College LifeRead More »
    Living Off Campus in College: Parents, Help Your Student Prepare

    Students may be in favor of living off campus in college for a variety of reasons, including saving money, having more freedom, and having more space. I tried it once back when I was a student, and found it wasn’t for me. But, I learned some valuable lessons that I will pass on to my [&hellip...

  • Teach Your Children to be Independent in College

    Aug 21, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College TipsRead More »
    Teach Your Children to be Independent in College

    There are simple things you can do to teach your children to be independent in college. Some kids will get an early start on independence during the college search process. My oldest daughter was not one of them. I had to walk her through finding colleges, visiting colleges, keeping track of when applications were due, [&hellip...