Q. My children are average high school students and are engaged in few extracurricular activities. What can help them get into college?
A. Your kids might want to think community college first — it's generally easier to get in. Concerning four-year schools, increasing numbers are accepting lower-performing full-pay students over higher achievers who need aid, a recent survey found. If you're good for all costs of their education, your kids might have an advantage.
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Sid Kirchheimer writes about consumer and health issues.