Choosing a college major is a tricky business. The sheer number of majors available at a school could overwhelm anyone, let alone your average 18-year-old incoming freshman. That many college students change majors—an estimated 50 percent at one school, Pennsylvania State University—is not surprising. Here are some tips on ways parents and students can deal with a change in college major.
November 28, 2012: 5 Financial Surprises for College Parents
During high school, many students and parents likely learn the basics of paying for college, from tuition costs to scholarship possibilities. But when it's time to actually pay the bills, even well-prepared parents may face some financial surprises.
November 6, 2012: How to Start Paying Off Student Loans
During college, students who need to take loans may not give much thought to the accumulating financial burden. With no bills coming for months after graduation, preparing for repayment may not take immediate priority.
October 12, 2012: 5 Tips for Students Applying to College Alone
For prospective college students, going through the admissions process without a parent or guardian can be intimidating. Students who have to juggle college applications and financial aid materials may feel alone, but this doesn't have to be the case, says Jonathan Burdick, dean of admission and financial aid at the University of Rochester.
September 11, 2012: Who to Get to Know at College
Most college students expect to interact with professors while in school. But a college campus is full of other people who can be tremendous resources for students as well.
September 5, 2012: 5 Smart Money Moves to Start the College Semester
Money management may not be at the top of the list of students’ concerns when they think about transitioning to life at college, but it’s a crucial part of the newfound independence that comes with moving out and living on one’s own.
August 24, 2012: 3 Tips for Parents to Teach Healthy Study Habits to Teens
Teens often struggle to manage studying, sleeping, and their social life, and when given the choice, a little shut-eye is often sacrificed. But compromising sleep for studying can do more harm than good, according to a new study in the journal Child Development.
August 23, 2012: Create Great Scholarship Applications With These 6 Answers
Applying for college scholarships may feel a bit like playing the lottery. You fill out your application, send it off, and cross your fingers in hopes of a congratulatory letter and a check (the regular kind, not the oversized novelty version). But there are more differences than just the size of the check...
August 15, 2012: Why Students Should Be Wary of Campus Debit Cards
At the Student Loan Ranger, we like to remind students of ways to avoid spiraling debt and to use student loan money wisely. And, with a new school year about to begin, we want to join the warnings about what appear to be school-endorsed debit cards.
August 2, 2012: 10 More Twitter Handles for Scholarship Seekers
The Scholarship Coach published our list last fall of 10 Twitter handles to help with your college scholarship search. Since then, the service has continued to grow with no signs of stopping, and there are even more resources out there to help with your scholarship search, 140 characters at a time.
August 1, 2012: 4 Costly Mistakes Parents Make When Saving for College
"Depending on the number of children you have, paying for college is the most expensive event outside of paying for retirement," says Fred Amrein, ChFC® and principal of Amrein Financial in Wynnewood, Pa. However, experts say, the total price of paying for college can be decreased by making smart decisions.
August 1, 2012: Investing in Children Early Increases Access to Education
At the Student Loan Ranger, we care a lot about student loans—not because it's in our name, but because student debt can impact major life decisions: the ability to take a lower-paying public interest job, start a family, buy a house, and even whether to go to college or not. That last one's a little ironic, since federal student loans were created as one way to increase access to education.
July 26, 2012: Use the Shopping Sheet to Understand College Costs
Deciphering and comparing college financial aid award letters can be a tricky task. Parents and students must first understand the differences between financial aid terms like gift aid and self-help aid, grants and loans, and then must look out for ways schools present that information—if it's included in aid awards at all.
July 25, 2012: Use Loans Carefully, Students Advise
Summer is winding down (though the heat continues to rise) and students are preparing to head back to school. As you're considering loans for school, think about minimizing your borrowing and avoiding spiraling debt.
July 24, 2012: Budget Wisely for Second Year College Costs
College budgets can vary a lot from student to student and family to family. Individual colleges usually will provide a prospective student with a sample budget, but there are many variables—so the odds that it will resemble yours are small.
July 18, 2012: How to Use College Navigator in Your School Search
Summer is halfway over, and you know what that means: college application season! The process is complex, but necessary to figure out where you're going to spend the next few years learning to be an adult.