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Having “the talk” is something most teens and parents avoid. No, we're not talking about that talk. Rather, we mean the money talk.

But a recent study shows a major disconnect between students' expectations and parents' realities. That is, most students (about 65%) assume that their parents will fund whatever college they choose, while most parents (62%) aren't in a position to do so. 

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Believe it or not, the average student leaves college with student loan debt hovering around $37,700.

Yikes, right? But what if you’re eager to get started on this next phase of your life, yet you’re scared of racking up a ton of debt? Community colleges, also known as junior colleges, can offer you a quality education — but at the fraction of the cost.

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When you’re tackling the process of budgeting for college, it’s easy to focus on the marquee expenses and forget the secondary costs.

Unfortunately, if you do your number-crunching and leave out a long list of incidentals, you may end up relying more heavily on student loan money than you intended. Here's what you need to know to plan in advance. 

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Sending your money – or your parents’ money – to colleges begins well before you enroll. Many students are so focused on the nail-biting task of filling out applications that they don’t stop and think about the fees that many colleges charge just for reviewing your undergraduate application.

With most colleges charging somewhere around $50 per application, the money can add up quickly. 

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For many, Harvard Business School is the pinnacle of higher education. And it 's a big commitment, too — it takes time, focus and money. 

Tuition for Harvard Business School is $73,440 annually. When you take into account fees, room and board, and living expenses, that number rises to $109,124.

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If the idea of taking on additional student loan debt has suggested you may be better off without earning a master's, it's time to reconsider. Some people have been able to get a master's degree for free, and you can, too.

Whether you've finished your undergraduate studies and are looking to take the next step or you're planning for long-term goals, there are several options that you should consider in your pursuit of a post-graduate degree.

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