#KidsCollegeChat Topic: High School Action Plan-Preparing for College

Preparing for college means making sure your family has a plan, both academic and financial, for all 4 years of high school.  If you fail to make a plan, then you plan to fail. Don't let that happen.   If you missed our #KidsCollegeChat with Debbie Schwartz from Road2College.com...

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Parents of 10th Graders

Academic and Extra Curriculum Suggestions: Review all suggestions from the 9th grade list. They all still apply! Register and take the PSAT and PLAN even if your school is not offering it. This will give your student practice and a sense of which test may be better suited for him/her.&nb...

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Parents of 9th Graders

Academic and Extra Curriculum Suggestions: Get to know your school counselor. Schedule a meeting just to introduce yourself even if you don’t need any help at the time. For some schools, counselors are required to write college recommendations (in addition to teachers), so much sure he/...

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College Savings at a Young Age

Saving for college starts early and we’re so proud to work with Gift of College to make this happen for our nation’s youth. Through our My Own Business Challenge program, curriculum and web application, we teach youth how to effectively start a business and incentivize them to save...

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7 Mistakes Students Make When Building Their College List

It’s that time of the year: Summer is here and rising seniors are starting to feel the pressure to put together a list of colleges where they’d like to apply. Of course, this list probably won’t be finalized for months, but that doesn’t make the process any less intimid...

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Summertime Doesn’t Have to Mean Spendthrift Time

Summertime is in full swing. We all want to be outside, drink, eat great food and generally just hang with our friends. Although I’m legit an adult, I still want to partake in those high school and college summer shenanigans - part of creating Youthful Savings was also realizing that being...

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Take Time for a Fast Lesson

Every time my daughter and I go to the grocery store, she asks me if she can look at the live lobster tank in the seafood department. One day while my tot was visiting the lobsters, a mother and her young son (I would guess he was about 3 years old) approached the counter. The mother was concentra...

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10 Ways to Support Summer Learning Loss

Many kids are excited to not be in school and don’t want to “learn.” Without guidance and mentors, however, loss of learning is a problem for our youth, one that educators and parents need to address. Reading programs are a common topic of discussion when it co...

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The Truth About 529 Plans

In honor of 529 College Savings Day, Gift of College answers parents' most common questions and concerns about 529 accounts.     When should we start saving for college? Children are 7x more likely to go to college just by knowing there is a savings plan.  Starting to save ...

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Your 6 Year Old Can Start Paying for College Now

  As you’ve undoubtedly witnessed with your kid’s spending, having skin in the game yields much more careful and appreciative behavior. Spending Mom’s or Dad’s money is easy. Spending your own? Not so much. The same holds when it comes to paying for college. A kid wh...

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The Trend is your Friend: Paying for College

The world is becoming more digital. Just look around you, and most people have multiple devices even when they shouldn’t such as congressional members or when they should such as when they are running a marathon to keep focused and on pace. Is it that these devices are so ingrained in ou...

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4 Easy Steps in 4 Weeks that Teach Kids Great Money Habits

The right money habits can transform lives and futures. It does not matter how much you have to start. So, parents, take the following 4 easy steps over a four week period and start the process of teaching your kids great money habits! It is a super way to begin a child’s fi...

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Financial Literacy Month : 3 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Setting Up a 529 Plan

If you have a child or are expecting at some point, your thoughts turn to planning for their future. One of the biggest challenges, parents face when thinking about their child’s future is how to pay for the ever increasing cost of college. According to the National Center for Ed...

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Have “The Money Talk” Before You Wed

Can you imagine tandem skydiving with your loved one, jumping from the plane with each assuming the other had brought the parachute? Jumping into marriage without having the money talk first may not be quite that perilous, but can lead to a really rough landing, one that threatens your mari...

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5 Fun Games that Teach Kids About Money Management

Learning about finances can be intimidating and let’s face it, sometimes just boring. Have some fun with these five games that teach children about budgeting and money management. Monopoly The board game Monopoly provides several teachable opportunities for money management. Ea...

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