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There are lot of things to worry about when you send your kid off to college for the first time. For most parents, how to keep them safe when you’re not entirely sure what they’re doing is a top concern. 

We’ve got the info you need to know what’s going on now, and how you can best prepare your student to make wise decisions on their own.

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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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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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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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Pretty soon, college acceptance letters will go out and your student will have to make their choice. And you’ll soon see a seemingly endless stream of fees, large and small, for a deposit, tuition, and other fees.

The great thing about 529s are the tax benefits you get. But those benefits can all be undone if you make a mistake in how or when you withdrawal funds from the account. Here’s a quick breakdown of what you need to know to avoid those missteps and make the most of your money.

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You may have heard of this pandemic that’s resulted in a lot of changes at schools and, well, everything? Here’s one more change: The College Board announced it’s dropping its subject tests  for U.S. students immediately. The optional essay test will end after the June 2021 test administration. (International students will still have two more chances for subjects tests in May and June of 2021.)

What’s that mean for you? Read on…

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