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Move-in day is still a few weeks away, and let's be honest: Some of you may be trying to ignore the upcoming date. It's understandable. It's a real challenge (physical and emotional) sending your recent high school student off to college. 

We get that. Better yet, we have tips on how you can plan and prep now to make that process easier — and help you relax and enjoy these last few weeks with your kid still at home. 

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It’s a fact of life: Most college students simply don’t have the credit history to qualify for private student loans on their own. It’s also true that not everyone who needs a cosigner has someone who’s able to fill that role. For some, the only option is to get a student loan without a cosigner. 

If that sounds like you, we’ve got your back. Read on for ideas you can use in this situation. 

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It's probably not a newsflash that  women are still largely outnumbered by their male counterparts in science and engineering.

What might be news: More colleges and employers are making it a priority to get women into STEM fieldsand they're making financial investments to back that up. That means there are ever-increasing options for female students who are hunting for scholarships. Here's how to find that sweet "free money" to help fund your STEM education. 

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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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