Getting Involved in High School

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Getting involved has so many benefits. Your four years of high school is a time to explore your interests and skills through academic courses while getting involved in sports, clubs and extracurricular activities. Here’s something else you should know – not only can getting involved be fun, but it also plays an important role when applying to colleges. You’ll find …

Big City vs. Small Town Colleges

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Weighing the location, what’s right for you? When you picture yourself at college, are you walking to class among the crowded streets and tall buildings of a big city or walking through the quieter streets of a small-town? During your search for the perfect college, you might be weighing the pros and cons of urban vs. rural, but what’s right …

Financial Aid Award Letters

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By Lighthouse Counselor Brooke Nowak – M.A. Financial Aid Award Letters: After a college accepts you, you’ll receive a letter that outlines how much the school will cost and what kind of financial aid package you’ll receive — including federal, state, and school sources. There’s no standard format for schools’ award letters, but they contain the same overall information. Here …

College Financial-Aid Offers: What Families Need to Know

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By Veronica Dagher As students’ college-acceptance letters arrive, their financial-aid award letters usually aren’t far behind. The letters detail the financial assistance each school is offering. However, not every school uses the same format, which often makes the award letters difficult to understand and compare. Here are seven common award-letter mistakes and advice from financial-aid experts on how to avoid …

Survey: Most College Students “financially illiterate”

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Group finds widespread cluelessness when it comes to debt and credit By Mark Huffman Colleges are full of smart people. But when it comes to managing debt, there appears to be a huge knowledge gap at our institutions of higher learning. A couple of months ago a student loan site, LendEdu.com, visited a few California colleges and asked students a …

College savings plans to lobby for unlimited investment changes

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By Liz Skinner The college savings community is pushing Congress to tweak the 20-year-old legislation that created tax-advantaged 529 plans, to allow for unlimited investment changes. Today account holders can make only two investment adjustments a year to the accounts, which allow investors to accumulate funds that can be tapped for college expenses without owing federal or state taxes on …

Tips on Choosing a College Major

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By Lighthouse Counselor Sarah O’Brien – M.A. Choosing a major is a major decision and it can be quite overwhelming especially if you feel as though your entire adult life is riding on that choice. It is true that it is a big decision but with the right preparation you can feel confident that you made the right choice. In …