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When we begin a new year, it’s natural to want to take a fresh approach in some aspects of our lives and relationships. Whether you usually make lots of resolutions or just one (or even none), and whether you’re good at keeping them (or not), you’ll enjoy this week’s festive and thoughtful essay.

We're also highlighting information and tips for helping guide your student through the maze of housing options available for next year. A good housing situation is key to their happiness and success, and where to live next year (and with whom) is one of the biggest decisions they’ll make this winter.

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New Year’s Resolutions 2019

While we’re making New Year’s resolutions for ourselves, how about suggesting a few to our college kids? Blogger Marlene Kern Fischer has funny suggestions for her young adult sons, plus her own personal resolution: to “leave the lists for the grocery store and not my life.” Read more.  

What kind of off-campus housing is best?

Will your student move off campus next year? This helpful chart compares the pros and cons of a house vs. an apartment, and there’s also information about off-campus options you might not know about, like professionally managed apartment complexes geared just to college students. Read more.

Mid-year money conversations

Winter break is the perfect time to check in with your student about finances. Underclassmen need to reapply for financial aid, and all students and families who are using loans to help pay for college should review the total amount of debt they are carrying. For seniors, repayment begins after graduation. Here’s what you should be talking about.

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