College Planning Guide for Parents

Need help with the college planning process?

We’ve put together a comprehensive guide dedicated to helping you through every step of the college planning process. From saving for college tuition to the college visit, our tools and resources will help answer all of your questions.

College Preparation

There are many things you can do to start helping your child prepare for college. Here are basics to get you started.

Applying to College

The college application process can be stressful. Below are some resources to help your child apply to the colleges they want to go to.

Saving For College Tuition

College is expensive. Luckily there are some ways to get a head start on saving for college tuition. Here are some articles to check out.

Financial Aid 101

Use these articles to gain a better understanding of the financial aid options available for your child.

Student Loan Information

Thinking about using student loans to help afford your child’s tuition? Read below to get more information on different types of student loans that may work for your family.

What you need to know about student loans, grants, and scholarships.

Depending on where your school is, you have different options when it comes to getting the money you need to pay for school. Here are some resources to help.

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Once Your Child is in College

Here are some tips and tricks on how to keep in contact with your college student while they are away at school.

Other Information & Tips

Here are more articles to help you navigate the confusing college process. From the FAFSA® to taking out a parent loan, we’ve got you covered.

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