Before Janene Tompkins’ son, 21, left home to move to New York this summer, he asked his mom, a certified financial planner in Durham, North Carolina, for money advice. “He asked me if he should be establishing credit and how to get his own credit card,” Tompkins says. She explained to him how credit scores … Continued

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The college application process can seem pretty mysterious to the uninitiated. But what colleges want from their applicants isn’t a secret. Schools telegraph what they’re after in the form of big data that’s available online to anyone. High school students can use that data to apply where they will be strong candidates, boosting their chances … Continued

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“Ask Brianna” is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com. Your credit score … Continued

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