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Budgeting and Fundraising for a Gap Year

Here are some tips from my experience as a gap year advisor about how to execute a Gap Year no matter your budget. Advice for Parents Budgeting Developing a budget early on in your planning process will make everything easier in the long run.  Many gap years are funded with parent and student contributions. Sit down with your child and discuss how much they can realistically put in and how much you feel comfortable contributing. If you feel uncomfortable giving…

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Meet Julia Rogers

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