New beginnings. Real achievements.

Whether your student just received their acceptance letter, is heading off to college, or recently graduated, the resources below can help him/her succeed throughout college and beyond. The RealSteps> approach to education can help your student navigate the complexities of balancing a college budget, establishing credit, managing future debt, and more.

Real Steps

Stay the course

  • Continue to apply for grants and scholarships during college years.
  • Take advantage of resources available from academic support centers and career services centers.
  • Maintain good study habits to keep on track to graduate on time.
  • Pursue summer jobs and internships to build your resume.
  • Create and maintain a LinkedIn profile.

Manage your money - college years

Prepare for life after college

  • Bump up your financial GPA with practical information to help you learn about handling your money wisely.
  • Be realistic about income and expenses. Understand your monthly anticipated expense and be open to giving up some nonessential expenses until your income can support them.
  • Utilize our Budget Worksheet to stay on top of where money is going. Set savings goals and spending limits.
  • Review banking and credit accounts and optimize offers that may not have been considered as a student. Establish credit through an account you pay off each month and maintain a good credit score. How credit cards work.
  • Take advantage of employee benefits including 401(k) and employee matching if offered.

ABCs of College Planning

Work closely with an academic advisor to map out your course schedule to increase the chances of finishing college on time. Continue to search and apply for grants and scholarships to take advantage of available resources. Encourage your student to build a resume and seek internships to explore careers of interest. Learn more about the ABCs of college planning.

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The RealSteps> approach helps parents and students through all the steps of college planning, from starting a savings account, to preparing for college, to getting your graduate off to the right start.

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