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College Scholarships and Aid: Options for Your Child

College selection is an enormous decision. Emotions, aspirations and finances collide. Knowing where to look for college financing—based on your student’s profile—will help make the process smoother.

The Importance of Extracurriculars

Extracurricular activities can be a good way to set students apart when applying for college, and can even help them earn scholarship money. But what’s the right balance?

How Parents Can Help Their Kids Who Are Learning Online

How can you best support your children while they’re learning from home? Check out our tips for setting your family up for success.

The Pros and Cons of Online Learning

Online learning is currently the new normal thanks to the Coronavirus. Moving forward though, it will likely play a larger role in the options available to students and with that comes both pros and cons.

Making College More Affordable With State-Based Aid

When preparing your students for college, don’t forget to make use of state based aid. Knowing where to look for scholarships and merit-based money can help your family make ends meet before turning to borrowing.

Paying for College With Help From The Federal Government

Regardless of planning, paying for college can be daunting for any family. Learn how the federal government can help your family pay for school.

They Got Accepted. Let’s Make Sure They Stay In.

Getting into college may be the easy part for your student, but did you ever think about making sure they stay in school? Here are some tips to make sure your college student will make it through to graduation.

Today’s Lesson: Good Grades Equal More Scholarship Funds

It seems pretty obvious, but parents should teach their kids that getting good grades now pays off with more money and options for college.

A Balanced, Yet Challenging Curriculum

Choosing a plan of study that appropriately prepares students for college means balancing a practical workload with the level of rigor colleges look for.

Three Ways to Help Your Middle Schooler Excel

Helping middle schoolers develop strong study skills, self-advocacy tools, and extracurricular interests can help set them up for success later in their academic careers.

Smart Questions for a College Tour

Touring a college campus can be overwhelming. But these questions can help you to make the most of your tours so you and your child can make the best possible choice.

4 Reasons to Consider Community College

As an academic steppingstone or for further education, community colleges are a great option for students of all ages. Know the pros and cons before applying.

The Final Option for Funding College: Student Loans

If you’ve exhausted all your options for grants and scholarships you’re likely going to be considering loans. Learn about the four kinds of student loans and which your family might be eligible for.

Why Choose a Career & Technical Education Center

Traditional university education not the right fit? Career and technical education centers prepare individuals for jobs that don’t necessarily require an advanced degree.




<b>Jamie Dickenson, MBA, CEP</b>
Jamie Dickenson, MBA, CEP
Independent Educational Consultant specializing in college admissions and financial aid, motivational speaker, business coach and owner of Jamie Dickenson, LLC., IEC Advisors, and Yoga Power, LLC.

Jamie Dickenson is not affiliated with Hartford Funds. Hartford Funds has separately contracted with Ms. Dickenson to provide additional insight about college savings issues.