Secrets of searching for college money
If parents start early and get creative, college funds may turn up in the most unexpected places.
Scholarships for first-generation college students
There's scholarship money available specifically for students whose parents didn’t go to college. Here are a few great sources to check out.
College Success Award winner: Marshall High School
In this small, tight-knit Ozarks community, school leaders do whatever it takes to help kids get to college. Last year, they raised $1.8M in scholarships and financial aid for seniors.
The middle school parents’ guide to saving for college
It's not too late to start a college savings plan — or to increase the amount you’re already setting aside. Here are 9 smart tips for getting started.
An elementary school parent’s guide to saving for college
Effectively saving for college involves more than just socking away money. Here are nine things parents can do now.
A preschool parent’s guide to saving for college
Life is hectic. Your hands are full. But putting small amounts of money aside now will make saving for college a little easier later. Here are 9 tips for getting started.
A bridge to success for high-achieving low-income teens
The nonprofit QuestBridge helps high-achieving teens from low-income families get into top colleges — many with a full scholarship.
Scholarships your teen can (ahem, should) apply to
One of the best ways to pay for college? Scholarship money!
What parents and students need to know about federal vs. private student loans
Here are four big reasons to choose federal student loans over private loans (when you can).
A high school parent’s guide to saving for college
It's never too late to start a college savings plan. Here are 13 steps you can take — starting now.
Taking the ACT and SAT on a budget
College admissions fees — for tests, test prep, and college applications — add up fast. Here’s a way to cut costs.
Struggles many first-generation college students face
As a former first-generation college student who is now a professor, I have experience with the struggles that many first-generation students encounter on campus.
Organizations that want to help first-gen college students find the right school
These groups want to help high-need, low-income, minority, and first-to-college students find the right school — and the funds to finance it.
Community college conundrum
It's cheap, it's easy, but is it a path to higher education? One mother finds out when her dropout son enrolls.
Skipping college costs students millions over a lifetime.
It's millions of dollars lost to the person without a college degree — and the loss comes in more than salary.
Tips to help your child be the first to go to college
To get your child successfully through high school and into college, here’s what to do, resources you can rely on, and some hurdles to expect.
If they can afford it — is paying for college a parent's duty?
Paying for college is no small task. When it comes to finances, adulthood, and parents' responsibility for their child's education, determining where to draw the line can be tough.