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If your son or daughter is heading to college this fall, both you and your child most likely have a lot on your mind – finances, meeting new people, choosing a major, and more. With all of these conversations happening, it’s a great time to talk with your child about the basics of budgeting, establishing credit, and opening a free checking account.

Paying for college: 529s and more
The rising cost of college and the mountain of student loan debt facing many college graduates have many parents concerned. Fortunately, there are ways to help your children leave school with less debt whether you are starting early or only have 12 weeks to go.

The first six months after graduation are a key time in a college grads financial life so whether you are the graduate or have a child graduating there are a few financial steps that can really improve the probability of having long term financial success. Learning these basic financial habits early in life will be a great foundation for future success.

Teaching kids about money may not come naturally to most. But like any skill in life, giving your kids hands on experience when they are young will pay dividends later (pun intended). Below you’ll find four simple ways to teach good money habits.

Categories: College, Education, Students

College certainly isn’t cheap. Fortunately, if you take advantage of scholarship opportunities you can potentially make a big dent in your education costs. Unlike loans, scholarships are gifts. That means they never have to be repaid! 

Many parents are excited about spending time with their college kids who will be coming home for Thanksgiving in a few short days.  This time together provides an excellent opportunity to talk about the financial aspects of their college life.  There are a few topics that are important to discuss.

Categories: budgeting, college, loans

You may have just graduated college, or maybe it has been a few years. Either way, it’s important to understand your student debt and create a repayment plan that is realistic for your specific needs.

In the next few weeks, several thousand college freshmen will be arriving on campus excited to start the next chapter in their life. An often overlooked aspect of this new life is the financial wisdom needed for this new found freed.  Following are five tips for parents to share with their college bound children.

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