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Ways to Borrow Less for College

It’s okay, you can borrow money to attend college. Yes, you still need to figure out if a traditional four-year college education is what you want and need after high school (there are other options!), but once you’ve made that decision to go to a college, put some energy into figuring out how you’ll pay […]

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Podcast: Summer College Planning Steps

I’m excited to be featured on a new podcast devoted to helping parents save money on the cost of college. It’s just 30 minutes, and we tried to focus our tips on families late in high school—what you should be doing this summer to prepare for the cost of college. Tune in if you want […]

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5 Common Misconceptions About Paying for College

Arnold Financial Planning – 5 Misconceptions About Paying For College on Vimeo. Planning for the cost of college is a big task and it can take you hours of research and conversations with colleges to do it right. Over and over, parents new to the process bring similar misconceptions that are helpful to knock out […]

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What Are the Strengths of Iowa Colleges?

Most kids seeking a college will tend to stay fairly close to home. Yet even in Iowa that means families may have to choose between 5-10 good options for their high school senior. Standard wisdom holds that you should look at three factors of “fit” as you decide where to send your student: Social fit—does […]

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Money Questions to Ask on Your College Visits

The season of on-campus visits is upon us, so let’s get ready to ask those admissions counselors (and financial aid office staff) some thoughtful questions! You have a choice about how prepared you are going to be for the campus visit with your child. You are allowed to just show up, hear the dog-and-pony show […]

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