Your Teen Magazine's College Issue Offers Parents 10 Tips For Facing the Real Cost of a College Education
(Media-Newswire.com) - Cleveland, OH — December 17, 2015 — With applications now in the mail, your teenager may be worried about getting into college, but chances are, you are probably more concerned about paying for it. In its upcoming college issue, “The Real Cost of College,” Your Teen Magazine clearly details ways that parents can make college affordable, including ten pillars on how to prepare, advice from experts, the value of community college and an online list of the best websites. The issue will start hitting newsstands on December 15, 2015.
“As a parent, you hear a lot about how expensive it is to send a teenager to college. Yet, for whatever reason, I didn’t quite believe it until those numbers were staring me in the face,” said Your Teen’s editor, Diana Simeon. “As a mother of three, and with my readers in mind, I knew that I needed to get the best advice, and spent weeks talking to experts around the country. This issue is meant for all of us parents who are facing this generation’s dilemma of affording a college education.”
The sticker prices at many U.S. colleges and universities can be shocking, especially at top-tier institutions—like all of the Ivies—which are now upwards of $60,000 a year. Public universities cost less, but flagship public campuses can still run more than $25,000 for in-state tuition ( and much higher for out-of-state ). But the good news is that the majority of families do not pay sticker price. How does that work? This issue’s feature story lays out the top 10 pillars of affording a college education. The top 3 include:
1. Understand What You Will Actually Pay 2. Learn How to Keep Debt Reasonable 3. Understand How Financial Aid Works ( Even If It Bores You to Tears )
A sidebar dedicated to how to “Save Big Bucks with Community College,” offers advice on choosing a major, understanding what credits actually transfer, meeting with counselors to stay on track and completing your associates degree before you transfer.
And, for those that want to know more, Your Teen curated a valuable online list of “The Best Websites for Understanding Your College Costs.”
Ultimately, experts recommend that parents keep an open mind. The truth is, your teenager can be successful at many, many colleges, not just the ones topping the rankings in US News and World Report. “It’s so important to remember that there are many places where your child can thrive,” says Nancy Berk, a psychologist and author of College Bound and Gagged: How to Help Your Kid Get Into a Great College Without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, Or Your Mind. “And it’s not dependent on how popular a school is with your peer group or theirs.”
According to Your Teen’s co-founder and editor-in-chief, Susan Borison ( and mother of five ): “Applying to college can seem like opening up your bank account and letting all of your hard-earned savings wash away. But, with careful planning, modest savings, and an honest open approach, those four years can be affordable and invaluable.”
About Your Teen
Founded in 2007, Your Teen is the only parenting magazine dedicated to raising teenagers. Your Teen tackles parenting at its most challenging stage, delivering in-depth reporting on what’s impacting teenagers today. With contributions from experts, parents, and teenagers themselves, each issue offers practical, hands-on advice and insights on topics like teen sex, drug and alcohol abuse, college admissions, driving, dating and navigating our digital culture.
Your Teen is published and edited by parenting expert Sue Borison who recognized a void in honest and informed coverage on raising kids past the elementary school years. Your Teen’s must-have reporting is available online, in print via its bi-monthly Your Teen Magazine, and by signing up for its weekly newsletter. Visit our blog, follow us on Twitter @YourTeenMag and Like us on Facebook and Instagram at YourTeenMag.
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