Author: Karen Sosnoski

Karen Sosnoski is a mother of teens and a writer based in northern Virginia. Her writing has appeared in literary and mainstream publications, including, most recently The New York Times, Healthline, and The Temper She loves telling (and reading) stories about resilience found through facing limitations.

True Stories of Private Scholarship Winners and How They Did It
Scholarships

True Stories of Private Scholarship Winners and How They Did It

Karen Sosnoski Karen Sosnoski- September 3, 2021 0

Paying for college is one of the biggest financial concerns of families today. Finding private scholarships and merit scholarships from colleges--awards you don’t have to ... Read More

How College Tuition and Renters Insurance Help Families Plan for the Unexpected
Costs

How College Tuition and Renters Insurance Help Families Plan for the Unexpected

Karen Sosnoski Karen Sosnoski- August 20, 2021 0

(Interviews are edited for clarity and flow.) Low-cost tuition expenses and comforting myths about “college as a protective bubble” belong to prior generations. The Coronavirus ... Read More

Volunteering in High School Means Intrinsic and Extrinsic Rewards for Your Child
High school to college

Volunteering in High School Means Intrinsic and Extrinsic Rewards for Your Child

Karen Sosnoski Karen Sosnoski- July 1, 2021 0

Not every student is an A-team athlete or the star of the school play, nor do they have to be to win the attention of ... Read More

Amazing Mentors Pave Stranger’s Rocky Path to College
College Admissions

Amazing Mentors Pave Stranger’s Rocky Path to College

Karen Sosnoski Karen Sosnoski- June 24, 2021 0

Last September, a high school student who we’ll call “Isabella,” posted in the PayingforCollege101 (PCF101) Facebook group requesting support. This spring, thanks to two mentors ... Read More

You, Your Ex, and College Tuition Costs: How Do Divorced Parents Pay for College?
Costs

You, Your Ex, and College Tuition Costs: How Do Divorced Parents Pay for College?

Karen Sosnoski Karen Sosnoski- June 10, 2021 0

“Do most people split down the middle?” A recent post in Road2College’s Facebook group Paying for College 101 echos the confusion that many divorced parents ... Read More

Money Management for Teenagers
High school to college

Money Management for Teenagers

Karen Sosnoski Karen Sosnoski- June 8, 2021 0

As a mom, I’m learning that “the money talk” with teenagers is about more than money--it’s about family values, and recognizing that not everyone may ... Read More

Mentors in College—What They Are and Why They Matter
College Life

Mentors in College—What They Are and Why They Matter

Karen Sosnoski Karen Sosnoski- May 11, 2021 0

Mentors in college can help your student develop interests, talents, support systems, even their life path once they leave your “nest.”  Ron Lieber, New York ... Read More

Will COVID-19 Leave its Mark on Your Student’s Career Goals? Short Answer: Maybe, Yes.
COVID-19

Will COVID-19 Leave its Mark on Your Student’s Career Goals? Short Answer: Maybe, Yes.

Karen Sosnoski Karen Sosnoski- March 26, 2021 0

COVID-19 has changed so much for everyone—from how we work, play, and learn to how we celebrate holidays and mourn deaths. For rising college students, ... Read More

FAFSA and Divorced Parents
Finance

FAFSA and Divorced Parents

Karen Sosnoski Karen Sosnoski- February 25, 2021 0

As divorced parents—--or even as married ones—--figuring out an equitable division of labor can be tough, but when it comes to filling out the Free ... Read More

Need-Blind Colleges – Are They Really?
College Search

Need-Blind Colleges – Are They Really?

Karen Sosnoski Karen Sosnoski- February 2, 2021 0

They’re no apple pie or baseball, but since US universities charge some of the highest tuition fees in the world, need-blind colleges are a particularly ... Read More