The total cost of college can be shocking for parents who are paying.

5 Financial Surprises for College Parents

Research may not prepare you for the reality of making payments.

The total cost of college can be shocking for parents who are paying.

The total cost of college can be shocking for parents who are paying.

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"If we had paid more attention to the application process, not just in terms of seeing it as an application for entrance but seeing it as a key to getting scholarships, that would have been more helpful," Rains says. 

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