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4 college admission myths every applicant should know

The college admission landscape is constantly evolving. Learn about four key college admissions myths to be aware of when completing your college applications.

| College admissions | | college application | | college admissions myths |
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3 ways your online presence can support your college application

Social media plays an important role in college recruiting and admissions. Learn how your online presence can positively contribute to your application strategy.

| College admissions | | social media | | college application |
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Expert advice on taking a gap year before college

Taking a gap year before college is becoming popular among U.S. students. An admissions counselor shares expert advice on how to decide if itís right for you.

| gap year | | college |
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Kaplan to offer FREE online PSAT prep course

Kaplan Test Prep recently announced the upcoming launch of a free Preliminary SAT (PSAT) prep course for all students., which will cover each area of the exam, including Reading, Math, Writing and Language.

| Kaplan | | PSAT |
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Yes, your 529 plan will affect financial aid

33 percent of parents and grandparents believe that a 529 plan is not considered when determining financial aid eligibility. See if they're right.

| type of aid | | finacial aid | | college savings survey | | FASFA | | EFC | | FA Traps |
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A High Schooler's Guide to Preparing For the Ivy Leagues

While thereís no set guideline that will lead you to a successful admission into the Ivy League, there are four things to focus on during your high school career that could increase your chances of getting in.

| ivy league | | college | | admission | | application |
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Will taking a gap year help me get into the Ivy League?

Increase awareness of the gap years, and their benefits.

| Gap Year | | Ivy College | | College Planning |
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Are college admissions officers checking out your profile?

According to a new survey from Kaplan Test Prep, todayís college applicants should be careful what they post to Facebook and Instagram.

| Social Media | | College Admissions | | Kaplan |
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How satisfied are consumers with their 529 plans?

According to Sallie Maeís How America Saves for College 2015, 27% of American families saving for college are using 529 plans. But how happy are they with their plans?

| Sallie Mae | | Happy 529 plan. 529s |
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Just released: Latest 529 plan 5-Cap Ratings

Savingforcollege.com provides a 5-Cap Rating to each plan to help investors evaluate their college savings options as of September 30, 2015.

| 5-cap | | ratings | | 529 plan |
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Top college savings stories of 2015

Here's a list of our most-read articles of the year, and many offer tips and advice that can be used throughout 2016 as well.

| 529s | | college savings | | parents | | education benefits | | gap year |
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New study from Fidelity shows why money for college makes a smart gift

How soon will your kids lose interest in the toys they receive this holiday?

| Fidelity | | Gifting 529 | | 529 | | College Savings | | Inforgraphics |
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The new SAT essay: Does your dream school require it?

The short answer is maybe, but probably not. The College Board's new version of the SAT will roll out in March, which includes a newly structured, optional essay portion.

| SAT | | college prep | | standardized testing | | Kaplan | | essay | | College Board | | college planning | | planning for college. |
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5 things to consider before doing a 529 plan rollover

Before you make any changes to your plan, ask yourself these five questions.

| Rollover | | 529 plan | | recapture tax | | 529 plans | | non-qualified withdrawal | | taxes | | Coverdell ESA |
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5 changes to the SAT and how parents are reacting

Did you know a new version of the SAT will be launching in March?

| Kaplan | | SAT | | College Board |
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4 things to watch out for when applying to a top school

If you have high hopes for sending your child to an Ivy League college, watch out for these common mistakes that can cost your child an acceptance letter.

| college | | planning for college | | high schoolers | | ivy league | | ivy league college | | acceptance letter | | applying to college | | college application |
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College Savings Timeline: Time to get in gear

Even if your child has less than 18 years until college, you still have plenty of time to grow significant savings. Here are five things to focus on if college is 10 years away.

| college savings | | 10 years to college | | grade school | | scholarships | | 529 plans | | age-based investments | | asset allocation | | resume | | application | | 529 plan | | 529 plans |
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The 10 states with the fastest rising college tuition

Tuition prices have been rising across the country, but some states have experienced sharper increases than others. If you're planning to send your child to one of the following ten states, you might want to consider increasing your 529 plan contributions.

| 529 plan | | cost of college | | tuition | | paying for college | | state appropriations | | higher education | | highest tuition | | upromise |
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9 tips on getting into an Ivy League School

Getting accepted to that dream Ivy League college can be difficult, but it's not impossible. Here are some tips on navigating the admissions process from International College Counselors CEO Mandee Heller Adler.

| college | | high school | | college application | | paying for college | | ivy league | | private school | | univerity |
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College Savings April Foolery

Don't be tricked this April Fools Day! Make sure you do your research so that you know exactly what the best strategy is to help you meet your college savings goals.

| 529 plan | | april fools day | | college savings | | save for college | | retirement accounts | | 401k | | savings accounts | | college savings options |
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[INFOGRAPHIC] College Savings Month Survey results

This year's College Savings Month survey revealed what factors families feel are most important when choosing a 529 plan. View our new infographic to see a summary of the findings.

| infographic | | college savings | | saving for college | | survey | | choosing a 529 plan | | tax benefits |
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[INFOGRAPHIC] College Savings Timeline

Our newest "College Savings Timeline" Infographic focuses on what you can do during various stages of life to ensure an easy transition to college that wonít leave your child or grandchild burdened with excessive debt.

| infographic | | college | | saving for college | | paying for college | | scholarships | | financial aid | | 529 plan | | cost of college |
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[INFOGRAPHIC] The History of the 529 Plan

Take a look at our newest infographic to see some important dates in the lifetime of the 529 plan, and how it has evolved to the great college savings vehicle that it is today.

| 529 plan | | 528 college savings plan | | infographic | | history of 529 plan | | how to save for college | | saving for college |
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Five of the best college savings apps

In addition to allowing you to track funds in a bank or investment account, there are also mobile apps available that offer some fantastic planning tools. This slide show highlights five apps that help parents, students and grandparents plan for the future costs of college.

| 529 plan | | college savings | | smart phone | | smart phone app | | college savings app | | paying for college | | financial planning | | technology |
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College Savings Timeline: Now entering the world of high school

Here are some things you can do in the next four years of high school to ensure an easy transition that won't leave your child burdened with excessive debt.

| savings | | college savings | | 529 plan | | 529 plans | | high school | | teenager | | scholarships | | AP | | planning for college | | saving for college | | paying for college |
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[INFOGRAPHIC] How much do you need to save for college?

Our latest infographic looks at the actual expenses related to higher education and how American families are footing the bill to pay for college.

| infographic | | college | | college costs | | 529 | | 529 plan | | college savings | | college cost calculator | | paying for college | | saving for college |
 

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