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No-Nonsense College: 4 key lessons parents of high schoolers must learn about planning for college

Last week a former sailing coach at Stanford University became the first person to be sentenced in the college admissions scandal in which dozens of prominent parents allegedly bribed and cheated their kids’ way into brand-name schools. The scandal highlighted the pressures and anxieties families face as they navigate a torturous college planning process.

I’m about to confront all this too. Our daughter enters high school this fall, and our thoughts are turning toward college. (She and her friends are way ahead, having compared notes for some time.) So, I thought, why not share what I learn with you through a regular feature that deals with all aspects of college planning—academic, social, extracurricular and, of course, how to pay for it all?

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