I hope you and your family have enjoyed a restful and enjoyable summer.

Being married to a teacher I know how fast August can fly! My daughter has taken over our dining room with gathering all of her things together for her college move in day.

To help your family adjust to the new family budget for this coming school year, this issue is filled with back to school pointers and money saving tips. For more about saving on student loans and textbooks check out...

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All the best in your student's return to school this fall!

Dennis Raup

CAPlus News - AugSept11

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The last days of summer are here. <>, have you gotten to all your summer activities? If you are one of those people who needs a checklist to ensure you've done it all or packed it all, read on for the ultimate college packing list.

Seniors - while you still have time to sit by the pool start thinking about some ideas for your college essay. And, if you have to get up to refill your lemonade, grab some paper and jot down those ideas.

We are always looking for ways to help you save with kids in college, look below for two great ideas!


Summer checklist for the College bound -

Here are some items to check off besides the ATM card and toaster oven...

It's never too late (or early) to start the College Admissions Essay

The majority of admissions essays, similar to letters of recommendation, don't...

There is a way to save money with kids in college!

Two avenues to pursue for savings with a child in college...

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“…without your involvement, we never would have thought to approach the college directly…. We got the documentation together to obtain residency, created letters to send and were granted residency which translated to $20,000 in savings.

THEN we went back and said, 'don’t take away her out-of-state scholarship just because she is now a resident' and got OSU to maintain the $7,000 scholarship".

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She is our first child to go through the college application process, and it was very intimidating for our whole family. You were able to create a clear, understandable path for our daughter.

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