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Incoming college freshmen face a ton of big life changes when heading off to school. Are you up for the challenge?

From learning to love to laundry, we’ve got 48 pro tips to help you stay on the right track as you weave your way through your first year in college. 

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Did you know your college ID or email address could be worth money in your pocket? It’s true.

Flashing your student ID or ponying up an email address with .edu at the end could land you some pretty amazing discounts, online or in-person.

Taking advantage of those savings could mean that you’ll have more money to put toward your education, so you can avoid borrowing more than you really need.

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If youre considering medical school, youre clearly not afraid of a challenge. But you may find that figuring out how to pay for your education is the biggest challenge of all.

Fortunately, there are quite a few paths to funding med school. Let's talk about your options.

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The most affordable way to earn a bachelor's degree is pretty simple: Start at a community college and then transfer to a public, in-state school. Oh, and live at home if you can. 

This may not be the sexiest option you can imagine, but with ever-soaring tuition costs, it just might be the most sensible path. Your future self will thank you for not going into massive debt to fund your education.

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If you're like many young adults, going off to college is the first time you're wading out into the big, bad world of independent living. 

While the main focus is, of course, getting a quality education, college also provides a great opportunity to develop the money skills you'll need after you graduate. 

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Here, in these early days of our glorious digital era, you can see universities all over the country without ever leaving your home. Some you can even tour via virtual reality. Amazing! Money-saving! Impersonal!

If your daughter is going to invest four or five years of her life living in an entirely new environment, if your son is going to be a short flight but a long drive away, then your college-selection decision process calls for some actual reality: it's time for a road trip.

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