January/February 2013  
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Welcome to 2013
Have you made any New Year's resolutions? We only have one — to make this newsletter even more helpful to parents like you. And we'd love to hear what you have to say about it. What does this newsletter cover well? What can it do better? Have any suggestions for future topics or articles? Please send comments or suggestions to parentupdate@collegeboard.org.
Essential Info
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Make a Plan
Encourage your freshman to set goals for the new year and start thinking about college.
Inside the classroom
Preparing for College with Challenging Classes
Taking challenging classes in high school is a great way for your child to build new skills. And because admission officers look for them on applications, challenging classes can also help him or her get into college. Encourage your child to take academics seriously.
My College QuickStart
If your child took the PSAT/NMSQT®, he or she can get a head start on college planning with My College QuickStart. After logging in, students can search for colleges, get a personalized SAT study plan and more.
Learn About AP®
Wondering whether AP courses are right for your child? Find out what students and teachers got out of their AP experiences in these videos.
Financial Aid 411
Financial Aid Can Help Your Family Afford College
With financial aid, many students who can't afford the full cost of college are able to earn their degrees. In fact, most full-time college students receive some type of financial aid. Knowing some basic information will help you in the future.
Exploring their interests
Not Too Early for Summer Learning
You may think summer school is only for students who need to take required makeup classes. But many students choose to take part in summer learning programs to explore their interests, develop new skills and more. Encourage your child to enroll in a program before the deadlines.
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