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Break down the bill: What's college really going to cost?

College is a big investment, so it pays to do your homework.

My Son's Job Is His Only Activity. Do Colleges Care?

My son works 20 hours a week to pay for his car, not to help support the family. This job takes up all of his time outside of school and leaves him no opportunity to get involved in other activities. Will admissions officers understand and...

Will My High School's Low Rating Affect My College Chances?

I am currently a junior at a Long Beach, California, high school, and I was wondering since my high school rating is at the basic average, will that affect me when I apply? Also, I would like to go to a European college for fashion...

SAT or ACT: How to help your child get ready

There is no secret trick to getting a high score on the SAT or ACT, but there are ways you can help your child get ready for these tests.

Can you spot a scholarship scam?

Families eager to find scholarships can become easy targets for financial aid con artists. Here's how to be a smart consumer.

529 Plans: Look Before You Leap

Opening a 529 plan can help you save for college, but you need to do your homework to avoid expensive mistakes.

How Savings Affect Financial Aid

Saving for college pays, even when it comes to receiving financial aid. Here's why.

How the Borrowing Process Works

Federal loans are the largest form of student aid, making up 41% of the total aid awarded to undergraduates each year. Here's a primer on the process.

Applications: A parent's role

Your challenge as a parent is to support your student as she applies to college but let her do the work.

Which test is which? A guide for parents of tweens and teens

In middle and high school, students take a wider range of tests, and parents need to learn the difference between the PSAT, AP and ACT to help guide them.