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5 Ways to Cut College Tour Costs

Saturday April 19, 2014

college admissionsHeading out on the college tour circuit? Did you know many hotels in college towns offer discounts for families visiting those universities? Here's how to score the price break, plus four more ways to trim costs as you look at schools (or grad schools) with your child.

Graduation Ceremony Survival

Monday April 14, 2014

GraduationIf you've got a high school or college graduation ceremony coming up, it's time to start thinking about packing that survival bag. Sitting in the glorious sunshine for a few minutes is a lovely thing. Sitting under that blazing orb for four hours is a recipe for pomp, circumstance, sunburn and heatstroke. So here's what to pack - sunscreen, of course, but also these nine sanity savers. Plus, perhaps a graduation bingo board or two.

The Lowdown on Dorm Options

Saturday April 12, 2014

Dorm move-inAs parents, we obsess over those housing forms - is it better for junior to opt for a double in the freshman wing or a suite on the special interests floor, the Triton dining package or the basic-plus? And what the heck is a gender-neutral room? Wait... does that mean co-ed by room?

This is the month when housing decisions must be made. Here's the lowdown on what all those options mean. And if your recently-admitted-freshman-to-be hasn't received a housing application yet, tell him to check his university e-mail account. Yes, he has one and it's brimming with vital information and a housing application with a looming deadline.

Dorm Crafts: Luggage Tags

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Luggage tagAs summer approaches, everyone's thoughts turn toward vacation. This easy dorm craft - a clever campus-themed luggage tag - is just the thing. It takes 10 minutes to make, costs less than $2 and makes a whimsical, but practical little gift to tuck into a graduation gift (pair it with a check to cover passport fees, for example) or pop into a care package. It's like a little collage, encased in water-proof laminate.

The 10 Most Expensive Colleges

Monday April 7, 2014

Piggy bankAs you ponder your kid's financial aid packet, take solace in this: At least he's not going to Columbia University - at $45,290, not including room and board, this New York City university topped the 10 Most Expensive Colleges in the U.S. list.

Oh wait, he is? Oh dear. Then you'd best check out this penny-pinching guide for college families. It won't make a big dent in that tuition bill, but every little bit helps...

A Passover Care Package

Friday April 4, 2014

Passover matzohShip off a springtime Passover care package and your college kids will feel like they're part of the festivities and rituals, no matter how far away they are. Besides, who can resist chocolate-dipped matzo or macaroons? Squirting frogs, gummy bugs and windup locusts? Or matzoh ball soup, delivered straight to the dorm? Find those and other awesome, reader-suggested ideas here.

Thinking about Easter instead? You'll find Easter care package suggestions here.

Dorm Crafts: Draft Stoppers

Wednesday April 2, 2014

Draft stopperIt may be April, but brisk breezes, icy gusts and the occasional blizzard are still battering cities and college campuses. And dorm room windows and apartment doors are not generally known for their expert insulation.

The low-tech, old-school solution? A DIY draft stopper to block the offending draft source, cozy up the room and add a touch of color. This easy, quick and inexpensive dorm craft project can be up and running - or rather, lying along a windowsill or door jamb - in an hour or less.

2014 April Fool's!

Tuesday April 1, 2014

April FoolOh boy, I do love April Fool's pranks - the funny, non-damaging kind, of course - and this year's crop is pretty hilarious. Among today's college campus stunts: George Washington University's announcement that Bravo-TV will be airing a new twist on the "Real Housewives" franchise, filmed on campus and dubbed "The Real Administrators of Foggy Bottom." And the athletic department is bringing in beer pong "specialists" to help coach the basketball team. Check out the rest here!

April Fool's Day on College Campuses

Monday March 31, 2014

Crimson Tide NewspaperCollege students are among the world's best pranksters - well, college kids and the folks at Google, who are recruiting Pokemon masters this year.

Here's a look at some witty April Fool's pranks from years gone by, from the University of Alabama's fourth campus - a "moon-like, weaponized space station" - to Drexel University's shin-kicking team, coached, of course, by David Beckham.

Fingers crossed that tomorrow brings equally fun shenanigans.

Dorm Crafts: Crafty Clipboards

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Hogwarts clipboardPencils, pens, paperclips and clipboards are all essential study tools, but they're a tad drab, don't you think?  So why not add a little magic to those study supplies? A crafty clipboard makes a great dorm craft - add a little Hogwarts touch and it makes a wonderful gift for any Harry Potter fan too. Here's how to make your own clipboard.

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