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In Search of the Magic Money Tree

I talk with a lot of parents about paying for college. One of the most common questions I hear is, “But where does the money come from?” Sadly, there is no magic money tree out there– and we all know what happened to the Giving Tree in the Shel Silverstein book. The best alternative to the magic money tree is…

To all the Sophomore Families

If you’re a parent of a high school sophomore (or younger) and reading this, congratulations! Today you’re going to learn some things you can do that will benefit you far more on the FAFSA than the last-minute moves families can make just before filing the FAFSA. Filing the FAFSA is a lot like filing your taxes: You can definitely wait…

Essay Writing on Facebook Live

If you’re interested in learning more about writing college essays, please join me tonight, Tuesday, May 19, at 5:30 PDT for a conversation with Victoria Payne of Boxcar Writing Labs. We’ll be talking on Facebook Live; to join the conversation, just follow The College Financial Lady on Facebook. Next week, same time, same place, Laura Davis, CFP(R), a fellow fee-only…

What Now? What’s Next?

If you have college students like mine, you’re probably figuring out how to move them home. If they’re seniors, they’re probably wondering about whether they’ll have graduation, how they’ll get job interviews, even how they could get started on a career. High school students aren’t able to visit colleges before making a decision, and are probably wondering whether they’ll have…

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