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Affluent Parents “Leaving Money On The Table” When Paying For College

“Affluent parents are leaving money on the table” when it comes to paying for college, says research by investment firm Legg Mason. The main reasons? Parents neglect getting informed guidance from those who can help them, like their financial advisors, and make many planning mistakes, including failing to take advantage of tax-favored programs like 529 plans. Legg Mason’s 2012 Intergenerational Survey of College Finances documents how […]

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Paying for College: Should Kids Have Skin in the Game?

College is a huge investment. Should your kids take responsibility for paying part of the bill? 72% of parents from affluent families said paying for all or part of college would help their kids get the most out of their education, according to a recent online survey by Legg Mason Inc. The parents reasoned that contributing […]

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Florida High School Students Tops in AP

We all recognize the role of education in preparing students for productive careers and successful financial futures.  Kudos to Florida, for making serious gains in secondary education, according to Florida Trend magazine.  Rasing the educational bar helps, in turn, to improve the quality of life in the 4th most populous state and raise awareness of Florida as an attractive place […]

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More Families With Means Are Opting For Community Colleges

College costs keep rising, and students are piling on more debt than ever before.  But here’s a trend you may not know about.  More and more families with means are downshifting from private or expensive schools to lower cost community colleges: “Many predict any rise in rates could push more families to seek out less-expensive colleges—furthering […]

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Best College Majors – for Earnings, That Is

Take a look at a very interesting article by Phil Izzo, “Which College Majors Pay Best,” in the Wall Street Journal.  Izzo spotlights research by Joseph G. Altonji, Erica Blom and Costas Meghir of Yale University, showing which college majors generate higher earnings after graduation.  Not surprisingly, certain majors – notably those requiring math skills – lead to higher […]

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College Dreaming

For those of you who are parents of high school seniors, you know far too well the agonies of  the college application season.  It’s a seemingly endless marathon of tests, applications, essays, recommendations, and documentation, and soon it will all be topped off with the heart-breaking thin letter of rejection or the joyful fat letter of acceptance.  […]

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