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Graduation day for my daughter

Posted May 20

Hannah getting her diploma

In case you were wondering why I was absent from the blog for a good part of Friday, it's because my oldest daughter, Hannah, graduated from high school (with an Associate's Degree as well!).

She will be heading to UNC Chapel Hill in August and we are so proud of her!

One of the best frugal college tips that I can offer is to encourage your children to take advantage of the free college credit classes (CCP and AP) through their high schools. Hannah went to a Middle College High School in Johnston County and had enough credits from JCC when she finished high school to also have an Associate's Degree. She will start UNC as a junior (at 17 years old) with only 2 more years to go before she has an undergraduate degree.

My youngest, who will be a junior in the Fall) will be staying at her traditional high school and taking CCP college credit classes through her school (for free). She will have 1 - 1.5 years of college finished (and paid for) when she gets her high school degree.

I will also share that Hannah worked very hard in school and was offered some extremely helpful scholarships as well. For that, I am very thankful. There is a good chance that she will graduate with her undergrad degree with no debt at all. Considering she has her sights set on medical school, that's a very good thing!

Have any of your kids taken advantage of the free college classes during high school?

What other money saving college tips do you have?

Congratulations to all the families out there this month and next with graduating students! I wish them the very best.


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  • wfmjr81 May 22, 5:48 p.m.

    My kids are both in college and have received good scholarships. One word to the wise- scholarships that cover more than tuition (ie room & board) count as unearned income. Our oldest (20 yr) worked while attending UNC & earned too much to be our dependent but when his scholarship money got added into his income he got hit with a $550 tax bill that he did not expect on April 15th. Our 18 yo also got good scholarships for NYU but since he is still our dependent his scholarships tax was added onto our taxes..

  • ascherer May 22, 12:33 a.m.

    Congratulations Hannah. Earning an Associates degree with your High School diploma is a huge accomplishment.

  • galesid May 21, 10:59 p.m.

    Congratulations to Hannah and the entire family! !!!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 21, 8:00 p.m.

    luvstoQ - That is what I figured, but thank you for your spot on advice. I am definitely still working on the "trying to keep our advice to ourselves" thing. lol

    And thank you again to everyone for your awesome words of encouragement. I will definitely show them to Hannah.

  • luvstoQ May 21, 6:19 p.m.

    Sorry to have to give you the truth, Faye! No, it doesn't get 'easier' after they've left awhile!! We 'Mommies' will always watch and worry, while our children continue to grow and learn!! ( all the while trying to keep our advice to ourselves)!! LOL

  • Wifeandkids May 21, 1:29 p.m.

    Congratulations, Hannah! Those are some remarkable achievements! Faye, I know you must be very proud of your daughter!

  • hollyh515 May 21, 11:53 a.m.

    Congratulations Hannah!! Good luck at UNC!

  • coupon4me May 20, 9:38 p.m.

    Awesome- congrats to you that must feel so great!

  • vlynn May 20, 6:33 p.m.

    Faye, congrats to you and Hannah. I know you must be so proud!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 20, 5:19 p.m.

    ThomasG - Thank you so much for your comforting words. I look forward to all the milestones to come. Your daughter sounds like an amazing woman! And my great thanks to your son-in-law for his service.