1. [ October 18, 2011 ]

    RIISE ROI Webinars

    Did you miss my RIISE Webinar on Monday, October 17th about the finanical aid process? Don't worry- current families well-know the ROI (Return On Investment) of a Riverdale education and are veterans of the Independent School Financial Aid application process. Families who are applying, or thinking of applying in the future were the target audience for our webinar.  Many families called into the webinar hoping to get the nuts and bolts of the financial aid application process and to get an idea of what it would be like to be a families receiving financial aid at an independent school.  Many of the topics that I spoke about are ones that I will also address at Riverdale's ...

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  2. [ August 30, 2011 ]

    Aaaaand We’re Back!

    Back to School             Last Monday marked my first day back in the office after a couple of weeks of vacation. The whole Hill Campus was so different from the quiet, still, hot place that it was in July. Instead of the ongoing hum of our facilities crews making updates and changes to campus joined by the young voices of the young children who attended Camp Riverdale (many of whom were Riverdale Lower School students) one can now hear the sounds of almost all the administrators and staff back in their offices- from Ms. Lester conferring with Mr. Kildahl about running the New Faculty Orientation, to the staff of the College Office sharing stories of writing ...

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  3. [ May 12, 2011 ]

    Choose Your Own Adventure!

    For students who thought the Jumpstart Coalition’s Reality Check didn’t understand their future NYC lifestyle- I’d like to present New York Magazine’s  Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Cost-Of-Living Calculator Access the fun calculator by clicking here. I suggest that students go through the exercise a few different time- if you find out that your dream apartment in the West Village and weekends spent on Fire Island is a little too steep for the teacher salary that you anticipate making in 10 years, experiment with adjusting the dial of your future to set it towards a rent-controlled place in Brooklyn and visiting family out of town.  Another good variation is to go against the game’s rules and project your lifestyle just after college (no ...

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  4. [ May 12, 2011 ]

    Choose Your Own Adventure!

    Generation Xers and Yers (and their parents) might well remember the Choose Your Own Adventure series .  The young adult series allowed the reader to make decisions as they read a narrative- ex: do you want to follow a ghostly figure in a middle school mystery? Go to page 64 if “yes” and page 72 if “no” to see what happens.  Each time a reader picked up the book they could follow a different path towards one of a couple dozen endings. New York Magazine has revived the fad, but taken it in a decidedly more grown-up direction.  We encourage parents and students alike to explore the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Cost-Of-Living Calculator by clicking here. Beware of the ...

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  5. [ May 10, 2011 ]

    Tips from Riverdale Parents

    Check out this periodic section of the blog to hear real tips from Riverdale parents, some anonymous, on how to educate your children about money.  Many of us have heard that talking about money and finances is not “polite conversation,” maybe there are tips that we can take from talking about “the birds and the bees” that will work just as well when we go to talk to our children about dollars and cents. Have a great tip you’d like to share?  We’d love to get a blurb from you!  Please contact me at shicks@riverdale.edu to share your recipes for success!

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  6. [ May 09, 2011 ]

    Average College Loan Debt – $22,900

    The Wall Street Journal is the latest news site to report on the average loan debt of new college grads, which is about $22,900.  Similar numbers have been turning up all over the media in the last month.  WSJ compares $22,900 to the average starting salary for a college graduate of less than $37,000.  Read through their “By the Numbers” column here to find the full paragraph at the bottom of the page.

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  7. [ May 09, 2011 ]

    Event: State of the Economy: What’s Next? All parents and alumni welcome!

    Alumni and Parent Networking Evening on Finance Tuesday, May 17 6:30 to 8:30 pm  Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, 919 Third Avenue (enter on 55th Street), 23rd floor conference room Several distinguished members of the Riverdale community will serve as panelists for a discussion about the economy: David Faber P'20/'24; Perry Golkin P'04/'06; Thomas K. Montag P'11/'13/'18; and David N. Roberts '80, P'06/'08/'12. Please RSVP by May 2 to Jody Abzug, Director of Alumni Affairs: jabzug@riverdale.edu.

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  8. [ May 06, 2011 ]

    Do you need a Reality Check?

    Visit the Jumpstart Coalition’s website to try out the “Reality Check” program here. See what education levels and career paths will keep you in the style to which you’ll quickly become accustomed. Planning on buying a new car after college, living in your own apartment without roommates, and going to cool concerts? -Factor all of those in. I give points to Jumpstart for reminding students that using tobacco products is something that must be budgeted for- if one makes the poor decision to imbibe- and that a person should always “pay yourself first” by saving at least 10% of their income off the bat. A problem with the program is that we don’t know how they are factoring ...

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  9. [ May 05, 2011 ]

    The Dos & Dont’s of Paying for College

    I’m going to toot my own horn here and link to a February article in Black Enterprise Magazine for which I was interviewed. The quick article might get you worried about college financial planning.  Remember that the Financial Aid and College Offices are here to help Riverdale families navigate the process.  But feel free to email me with specific questions at shicks@riverdale.edu.

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  10. [ May 02, 2011 ]

    College Financial Aid Planning- It’s not too early!

    Members of the class of 2012, it’s not too early to schedule a meeting in the Financial Aid Office about financial aid for college.  All students interested in applying for financial aid for college should schedule financial aid meetings.  Students receiving financial aid at Riverdale are required to schedule a meeting.  Meetings can be scheduled for anytime that the Financial Aid Office is open between now and Homecoming 2011 (hours and days are tricky during the summer, but available).  These preliminary meetings will be a chance for parents and college- bound students to get a walk through of the college financial aid process- how it's different and the same as the independent school process and the deadlines that they’ll need ...

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