Work-Study 101:  Balancing College Costs and Gaining Valuable Experience

Work-Study 101: Balancing College Costs and Gaining Valuable Experience

As college costs continue to rise, many families seek ways to make higher education more affordable. One practical option is the federal work-study program, which allows students to earn money to pay for college while gaining valuable work experience. This blog will explain how to qualify for work-study, the benefits of these programs, and how to balance work and academics. What is a Work-Study Program? Work-study programs provide part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with...

Unlock Affordable College:  Non-Traditional Strategies to Cut Costs

Unlock Affordable College: Non-Traditional Strategies to Cut Costs

Sending your teen to college can be one of the biggest financial challenges you face as a parent. While scholarships and financial aid are helpful, they often aren't enough to cover all the costs. However, there are other ways to manage college expenses that you might not have considered. Let's explore some non-traditional approaches to make higher education more affordable. The Community College Advantage Starting at a community college can save a lot of money. Community colleges usually cost...

The Power of Summer Internships in College Planning: A Guide for Parents of High Schoolers

The Power of Summer Internships in College Planning: A Guide for Parents of High Schoolers

Did you know that 70% of colleges consider internships during application review? As the parent of a high schooler navigating the college application maze, you know every step counts. Summer internships offer a powerful edge, fostering career exploration, building valuable skills, and strengthening college applications. Internships aren't just about reading job descriptions. They propel your teen into the heart of a chosen field. Imagine them assisting a marketing team with social media...

Inspiring Journeys Reveal Passions Through Trades

Inspiring Journeys Reveal Passions Through Trades

Picture this: A high school graduate torn between societal pressure to pursue a traditional four-year college degree and a growing curiosity about trade-based career paths. It's a scenario all too familiar for many young adults on the brink of adulthood. Yet, amidst the clamor of college brochures and campus tours lies a quieter but no less promising path—the world of trades. A recent survey revealed that nearly 60% of high school graduates who pursued trade careers reported feeling more...

Exploring Trade-Based Career Paths

Exploring Trade-Based Career Paths

In recent years, there's been a significant shift in the conversation around post-secondary education for high school graduates. While the traditional path to a four-year college degree is still widely promoted, there's growing recognition of the value and viability of trade-based career paths. For many students, these careers offer a fulfilling work life, financial stability, job security, and less debt from educational expenses. This guide explores the benefits of trade-based careers and...

Is Your Teen Clueless About Their Future? Here’s How to Spark Enthusiasm

Is Your Teen Clueless About Their Future? Here’s How to Spark Enthusiasm

How to Avoid the College Planning Scramble Did you know that when parents are asked about their aspirations for their teens when they reach adulthood, financial independence and career satisfaction rank among the highest? Roughly nine in ten parents say it’s extremely or very important and equally important that their teens have jobs or careers they enjoy. Also, parents worry their teen lacks direction for post-high school plans, and the college planning conversations lack direction. Is this...

A Strategic Guide to Avoiding the Common Pitfalls in College Admissions for Parents

A Strategic Guide to Avoiding the Common Pitfalls in College Admissions for Parents

Transitioning from high school to the next phase of education or career is pivotal for teens and their families. As parents, your role in guiding and supporting your teen through this process is crucial. However, avoiding common pitfalls that complicate post-high school planning is more straightforward with the right approach. This blog aims to shed light on these pitfalls and offer practical advice on how parents can help teens navigate this crucial time effectively. Common Pitfalls in...

From Overwhelm to Action: A Strategic Approach to College Selection

From Overwhelm to Action: A Strategic Approach to College Selection

Transitioning from high school to college marks a significant milestone for teens and their families. Amidst the excitement and anticipation, the journey is often accompanied by a sense of overwhelm. Both students and parents share this feeling as they navigate the complexities of college planning. Understanding these common concerns and taking proactive steps can make the process more manageable and less stressful for everyone involved. The overwhelming nature of college planning arises from...

From Exploration to Empowerment: Your Teen’s Journey Through Internships and Camps

From Exploration to Empowerment: Your Teen’s Journey Through Internships and Camps

Navigating the complex world of career exploration can be daunting for parents and teenagers. As a parent, you want to provide your teenager with opportunities that align with their interests and offer them a glimpse into the professional world they may one day enter. Finding camps or internships in the career field your teen is interested in is a fantastic way to support their exploration and growth. Understanding Your Teen's Interests The first step in finding the right camp or internship is...