Alison, young lady with whom I attended high school, replied to my last blog post, Planning for the high cost of higher education, as follows:

"Having seen a child through college, nothing like good grades in high school & high ACT/ SATs to generate financial assistance. So, I recommend less sports & more study!"

What an astute observation.  Not that sports aren't a great thing (and for a lucky few, they can be a passport to college), but it highlights the fact that our kids can be active particpants in the college funding process just by hitting the books hard enough to stand out academically.  Blessed are the parents whose children pursue their studies with diligence, and blessed are the students whose diligence produces good grades and high test scores–and financial assistance for college.

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