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Slash College Costs, Part II

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach
This is the final installment of a two part series on slashing college costs and Blueprint would like to thank Lynnette for writing to the pre-college program community! (To read part one, click here.)

Tip #3: Plan to Live on Campus

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Lehigh University Residence Halls

I know this sounds counter-intuitive, but most students will probably fare better living on campus rather than living at home or with relatives, in order to save money at college.

How is this possible?

Simply put: studies show that students who live on campus have far better graduation rates than those who live at home or with family members. Read more

4 Ways to Plan For and Slash College Costs

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach
This is the first of a two part series on slashing college costs, stay tuned for part two this Thursday!


1debtIf you’re gearing up for college, or you have a child in high school, you probably already know that higher education costs are soaring.

The average price tag of a public, four-year college or university now stands at roughly $20,000 a year, including tuition, fees, room and board.

The total cost of a private, four-year institution currently exceeds $40,000 annually, according to data from the College Board.

At top colleges in America — including Ivy League schools; other elite, private institutions; and many excellent state schools that attract out-of-state students –- it’s common for total costs to hit the $50,000 to $60,000 range or more per year.

Fortunately, that’s just the sticker price. Most families don’t pay published tuition rates. Scholarships, grants, and other financial aid help offset college costs.

But do you just get that free money? Equally important, how can you lower your overall college expenses, thereby avoiding massive student loans?

Here are four sure-fire ways to cut college costs by thousands of dollars each year.

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Practice the SAT @ Blueprint

We’re very excited to announce we have struck up a partnership with The Princeton Review that will give Blueprint students enrolling in the one or two week programs at George Washington University or Stonehill College the opportunity to practice the SAT during week one of their program!

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Blueprint @ GW, meet your RA!

Laura2

Laura just finished her 2nd year at the University of Connecticut as psychology major where she is one of the recipients of the university’s leadership scholarship. She hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology and as a research assistant for an early autism detection study, she is getting a hands-on experience in her studies. Read more