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How to Afford Raising a World-Class Athlete

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By Chris Taylor NEW YORK(Reuters) – When the Summer Olympics begin in Rio on Aug. 5, you will see 10,000 of the world’s best athletes compete, and a much smaller number of them being draped with medals. But who really deserves gold? The families who scrimped and saved to get them there. Raising a world-class…

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Avoid the Shock of a Fifth Year College Tuition

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By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Donna Frost Gordon’s son asked if he could stay in college for an extra year, it was for a good reason – but he still turned the family’s finances upside-down. After studying abroad and then finally declaring an accounting major at the State University of New York…

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Wanted by Investment Banks, Students Not Studying Finance

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By Anjuli Davies LONDON (Reuters) – When Barclays <BARC.L> executive Sam Dean went to a career fair earlier this year, he asked to speak with a group of students who were not studying finance. The British bank is on a drive to appeal to students with a broader range of degrees who are interested in…

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Breaking Down the Cost of Skipping Class in College

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By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) – As college attendance wanes through the semester, one professor teaches her 300 geoscience students how to work out the cost of cutting class. Skippers waste $50 to $70 per lecture, depending on whether the student is in-state, said Julie Brigham-Grette of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. “Students…

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The Asthma Talk Teens Need Before They Leave for College

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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – When teens have asthma, the “sex talk” isn’t the only tough discussion parents should make sure kids get before heading off to college. The teen years are a good time for parents to start encouraging children to talk with doctors about managing their health, particularly as questions arise about…

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Money-Smart Gifts for College Grads

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By Caitlin Kelly NEW YORK (Reuters) – For college graduates entering a challenging job market, some of whom are carrying tremendous student loan debt, any gift to help them better manage their money is both practical and welcome. The following are three ways to help recent graduates find their financial footing in the real world:…

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Four Ways to Make College Costs a Fiscal, “Teachable Moment”

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By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) – With U.S. college enrollment decisions for autumn due by May 1, some families are using the application process as an opportunity to teach their kids valuable lessons about finance. What college-bound children learn now about the difference between grants and loans and compound interest could make a world…

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It Takes a Village of Options to Pay College Tuition

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By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK(Reuters) – Until last week, high school senior Alex Gomez was missing a key piece in his puzzle-like plan to pay college tuition next year to the University of Colorado. The 18-year-old from Ruidoso, New Mexico had already lined up family savings, financial aid, work study and loans, and then won…

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Even Billionaires Start with Small First Jobs

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By Chris Taylor NEW YORK (Reuters) – The vast majority of the world’s nearly two thousand billionaires are entirely self-made, according to Forbes’ annual list of the world’s billionaires. So how did they get their start on the road to that vast wealth? For the latest in Reuters’ “First Jobs” series, we went out and…

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LAUSD Opens New All Girls STEM School

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If you have a daughter, it looks like you’ll have some great options for public all-girls middle and high schools in Los Angeles for the upcoming school year. Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA), (not to be confused with GALS, an all-girls charter middle school) will be a 6th through 12th grade public school part of LAUSD. At full…

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