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After last year’s challenges finding internships and job opportunities, you may be worried about how college student will fare this year in their search. The news is mixed –but not hopeless.

Read on for the latest and to find out how you can best support your student in staying on track to achieve their goals despite finishing school during such a chaotic time.

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More high school students than ever are taking a gap year – deferring their college enrollment for a year (or a semester) to temporarily pursue other interests. While it’s becoming more common, it’s still something most families aren’t familiar with.

Here’s what you need to know about the benefits and drawbacks of a gap year and how to decide if you might benefit from one.

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Pell Grants are one of the most sought-after forms of financial aid. They are awarded by the federal government and can be worth up to $6,495 for the 2021-2022 school year. Yet, there is a lot of confusion about who qualifies and for how much. 

Let's dive into the top five myths about Pell Grants, so that you can get ALL the grant money you may be entitled to. 

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Here’s one impact of the pandemic most people didn’t see coming: FAFSA submissions have declined this year. A lot.

That’s a bad sign for a few reasons. We’ve got the details and what you need to know about how it impacts your own college application process.

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The job market is always changing. Grads with certain degrees and/or skill sets will find themselves in more or less in demand as the economy and technology evolve and shift the need for workers in certain fields.

Usually, those changes happen gradually over time, but big events can accelerate change. Just like the growth of the automobile killed off buggy-whip manufacturing, we’re already seeing the COVID-19 pandemic have an impact on certain fields.

Keep reading for the scoop on how the pandemic has affected which jobs and skills employers of all kinds will expect from grads they’re hiring.

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College offers a lot of benefits: personal growth, a chance to make lifelong friends, an environment of creativity and learning.

But let’s face facts. It’s also a huge financial commitment and even if commanding a huge salary isn’t your ultimate goal, you want to know that the major you choose will lead to a career track that at least lets you live comfortably.  

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