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5 Things to Do in RI the Summer Before College

May 27, 2014 1:54:00 PM

High school seniors are surely breathing a sign of relief at this point, with college applications behind them and college life in the horizon. For students that are planning to live on a college campus, this summer is often a last hoorah in their hometown. Students can follow this guide to help make the most out of their last summer at home. 

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Topics: College Planning

Comparing College Costs: The Net Price Calculator

May 13, 2014 11:34:00 AM

Comparing the “sticker price” of various colleges may seem like a reasonable first step to determining what your family can afford for college costs. But if you are like many families in the Ocean State, you are probably going to be paying less than the sticker price when all is said and done. Before you make yourself crazy searching on websites trying to figure college and university sticker prices - which may not mean much for your family in the long run - consider using each college’s Net Price Calculator. 

The Net Price Calculator measures your family's financial ability to pay for college and uses other information to estimate the amount of grants, scholarships, and other financial aid you could potentially receive. Your "net price" is the difference between the amount of financial assistance you receive from the school, federal government and state - and the total cost of attendance at that school.

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Topics: College Financial Aid

Have an honest conversation about finances with your child

May 4, 2014 5:35:00 PM

When it comes to finances, some parents are reluctant to discuss their personal information with their children. But when preparing for college, you will have to break down and have an important discussion as a family as to what you are willing to pay (and can realistically afford to pay) towards a college education. 

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Borrowing for College