How to Start Saving

It’s back-to-basics week for me and time to talk about getting started saving for college. If you want your children to go to college, you need to save. Period. That’s the easy part. Harder is where and how much. People worry that they’re going to lose out on financial aid if they save. Yes, your savings will add a small…

Student Loan Payment Suspension & Forgiveness

You’re likely aware that payments and interest on federal direct education loans have been suspended. The suspension began last March and has been extended several times since then, both through the CARES Act and subsequent administrative orders. The most recent extension runs through September 30, 2021. The suspension includes the following provisions: All federal direct loans including direct student loans,…

The End of SAT Subject and Essay Tests

Today there was big news from the College Board: SAT Subject and Essay tests are being eliminated. In their announcement, the College Board stated their goal was to “reduce demands on students” and to “respond to the changing needs of students and colleges.” One reality of those changing needs is, very few colleges require SAT subject or essay tests, largely…

New Year’s Resolutions for 2021

Has there ever been a year as hotly anticipated as 2021? And among all the new year’s resolutions to get back to living our best lives as soon as we can– travel, time with friends and family, in-person school– might I suggest some resolutions for families of college-bound children? I’ve divided them by age range to make it easy for…