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  • September 1, 2020
    Path to College

    Can’t tour colleges right now? Go virtual!

    Touring prospective colleges and universities is a rite of passage for some families. Prospective students visit campuses to get a sense of the college’s character and facilities, and to picture how well they would fit in. But coronavirus has temporarily changed that. For months, many campuses closed to guests altogether, and those that didn’t were […]

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  • August 18, 2020
    Path to College

    Tips from New Teacher of the Year, a former Florida Prepaid kid

    Florida’s new Teacher of the Year didn’t plan on a career in the classroom. She actually resisted it. Krista Stanley said her parents and older sister are all educators, and everyone told her teaching was her destiny—which is why she majored in business administration at Florida State University. “I just fought it and fought it,” […]

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  • July 23, 2020
    Path to College

    FSU’s Admissions Director explains the college essay

    If your student is a rising high school senior, now is the perfect time to start working on that college essay. Many students find the essay challenging because it’s not the academic exercise they’re accustomed to. To do it well, they must discover an authentic, personal voice—and that can feel quite vulnerable. Hege Ferguson, Director […]

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  • June 16, 2020
    Path to College

    All the quirky reasons we love our dads

      Here are a few things we learned watching this video: When it comes to dads, kids value the little things. Honesty really is the best policy, because these answers are adorable. Time is never wasted if it’s spent together. Florida Prepaid kids really love their dads! In 2017, 2 million American households were led […]

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  • May 11, 2020 Volunteers planting some trees
    Lifelong Learning

    Non-academic activities that grow kids’ minds + hearts

    With many summer camps canceled and back to school up in the air, parents are settling into the new reality of extra learning time at home. The months ahead may be bereft of epic vacations and the usual robust enrichment, but the quieter pacing can allow room for other fulfilling opportunities, if you think creatively […]

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  • April 17, 2020
    Press Release

    School Refund Headed Your Way?

    If your student was unable to finish his/her college semester on campus due to the impacts of COVID-19, you might be receiving a refund for dormitory, meal plan, or other expenses from the school.  Please check with your student’s school to learn how the institution will be handling any potential refund of qualified higher education […]

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  • April 17, 2020
    Lifelong Learning

    Tips for “homeschooling” from a school principal

    It’s one thing to choose to homeschool your children. It’s another to have it thrust upon you with no warning, while also suddenly trying to work from home, with no hope of field trips or library runs as a release valve. As wise folks have been realizing, this isn’t home schooling. It’s crisis schooling. That […]

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  • April 3, 2020
  • March 26, 2020
    Financial Literacy

    Saving for College in Uncertain Times

    These are pretty unusual times, are they not? For many of us, our kids are underfoot as we are suddenly attempting to work from home. With students out of school for weeks and possibly longer, we’re valuing their education anew as we contemplate how to homeschool (or at least not have them spend the entire […]

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  • March 10, 2020 teens volunteering to plat a shrub
    Financial Literacy

    How Volunteer Connect can help you with Bright Futures

    Maybe you’re hoping to instill a love of community service in your little one. Or maybe you want your big one to conquer the volunteer (service) hours required for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. No matter your reason, if you’re looking for the right volunteer opportunity, Florida has a new, easy way for you to […]

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