42 up-and-coming careers that don’t require a 4-year college degree (and 10 to avoid)
What nobody tells you when your child is the first to go to college
Your role in your child’s path to college is more important than you may think. Here’s what you need to know.
Beware for-profit colleges
Many for-profit colleges aren’t worth the tuition — or the debt your teen will walk away with.
Why are so many college students returning home?
Kids are applying to college, getting in, and beginning freshman year — and then dropping out in record numbers. Here are the top reasons why.
13 signs of scholarship scams
Keep your teen's scholarship-seeking on track and your financial information safe by watching out for these red flags.
Visiting colleges — even when you can’t go in person
College visits are an essential part of the application process. Use these tips to make these visits happen — even if you can’t afford to be there in person.
Ten ways to jump-start college planning
Help your child take the right steps to prepare for college — starting now.
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.
College Success Award: Denver School of Science and Technology Stapleton
High expectations, intensive college counseling, and teachers who go the extra mile make college success possible for all students — even if it takes extra time.
College Success Award winner: Young Women's Preparatory Academy
Intensive advanced classes starting in the sixth grade plus robust leadership experiences make this Miami-based magnet a shining example of a college-for-all culture.
Like a Sponge podcast: Sky's the Limit?
Nine out of 10 parents expect their kids to go to college. Four in 10 kids get there. Tune in to find out how parents from all backgrounds are moving heaven and earth to keep their kids college-bound.
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.
Kids with character: Grit
“Grit is having the courage to do your impossible or to do what you think is hard and to do it anyway,” says Nasina, who has incredible grit. Her story will awe and inspire you.
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).
Cool careers spotlight: photography director
Lights! Camera! Action! Working in the film industry is a dream job for many teenagers. It’s creative, complex, and emotionally expressive — and it's in high demand.