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When it comes to COVID-19 and the fall semester, it's probably wise to take a "hope for the best but prepare for the worst" approach. That's especially true if you're planning to live on or near campus when school starts. 

With that in mind, here's a list of things you should think about before you return to school. 

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If you’re planning to attend college in the fall, it’s likely that you still have some unanswered questions. Few schools have fully laid out their plans for how they’ll handle potential complications related to COVID-19.

Here are some questions you should be asking your school.

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Congratulations! You did it. You managed to finish high school and graduate during one of the most chaotic periods most of us have ever seen. And you also did something else: You built resilience. 

Believe it or not, building resiliency may be just as valuable as that college degree you're about to tackle.

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You've looked forward to your senior year for the last three years — maybe longer. Dreamed of what you'd wear to prom. Imagined walking across the stage to grab your diploma. 

But as your last year in high school comes to a close, you're missing out on a lot. Your whole life has been turned upside down. And you don't have to pretend that it's okay. 

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If the pandemic has caused a change in your college funding situation, you're certainly not alone. In our recent survey of over 6,500 high school seniors and their parents, 69% of parents and 55% of students reported that COVID-19 has impacted their ability to pay for college. 

A drop in income right before you begin college can certainly be a cause for anxiety. But here's the good news: There are plenty of ways to get college money that don't involve taking on crushing amounts of student loan debt. Let's look at some strategies that may give you the boost you need. 

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With only a week to go before the traditional May 1st National College Decision Day, you may find yourself second-guessing your school choice — or possibly your decision to attend college in the fall at all. Nothing is normal during a pandemic. 

How can you navigate one of the biggest decisions of your life when it’s impossible to know what life will look several months from now? Here are five things to think about. 

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