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How To Appeal College Financial Aid Awards Mar 29, 2021

If your first-choice college offers everything you want, but the price tag makes you waiver, don’t give up hope. Instead, consider appealing to the college's financial aid office for more money. Using their professional judgment, individual financial aid officers are empowered to make...

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College Waitlisted: You have 3 Options Mar 18, 2021

Adding to all the trials of the COVID-19 experience, colleges this year are expected to offer a record-number of waitlist spots to prospective applicants. While it has always been difficult for colleges to accurately estimate yield (number of students who accept an offer of admission), the number...

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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Will Enhance Your Learning Experience Feb 11, 2021

The chances are good that there’s a MOOC in your future. MOOC stands for “Massive Open Online Course,” and this technology has been impacting education. Although many of you are currently doing some or all of your learning online, you will find that MOOCs are different from...

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Changes Coming to the FAFSA: EFC to Student Aid Index efc expected family contribution fafsa student aid index Feb 02, 2021

The FAFSA Simplification Act of 2021 brings a slew of changes to the FAFSA that will begin with the 2022-23 application cycle. Perhaps the biggest change is to the EFC—Expected Family Contribution. The EFC is the number that was calculated by the FAFSA and provided to colleges as a way for...

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HIgh School Academic Planning academics Jan 27, 2021

In this video, Amy Haskell and I discuss Academic Planning for high school students.  

  1. What Classes should you take?
  2. Should you push yourself in certain areas?
  3. The importance of transcripts.
  4. Getting a high school curriculum guide is important.
  5. Advantages of proactive ownership of...
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Thinking About Majoring in Psychology in College? Jan 19, 2021

If you are interested in the motivations behind peoples’ behaviors, you might be interested in a major in psychology. Psychology is the study of the workings of the human mind from both factual and theoretical points of view.

Because psychology is founded on research, undergraduates will...

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Financial Matters: Money for College financial aid grants scholarships Jan 14, 2021

Money often plays a big factor in the pursuit of a college degree, but hopefully, it will not stop anyone from attending college! Yes, college can be expensive, but there is aid available to help you and your family pay for college. Major sources of financial aid for college include:

Grants...

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Making Sense of College Rankings Jan 08, 2021

Although this article is directed to students just beginning their college search, it will also be useful to seniors in making their final choice of college to attend. This is especially true this year since so many applicants have been unable to make an in-person campus visit.

For many students...

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11 Pages to Research When Taking a Deep Dive Into a College Website Nov 12, 2020

Pandemic or no pandemic, researching colleges is imperative for high school students. Typically, it involves many modes of research, including in-person campus visits and tours by students and families, and attending college representatives’ public information sessions and their visits to...

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The Language of Financial Aid financial aid Oct 15, 2020

When you’re searching and applying for college financial aid, it helps to understand the jargon. The FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) employs a bewildering array of acronyms. American students should file a FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st of senior year....

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Financial Matters: The FAFSA fafsa financial aid Oct 07, 2020

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the primary form used by colleges to determine eligibility for need-based aid. In some cases, colleges will not consider an applicant for merit aid unless that student has first submitted a FAFSA. The FAFSA should be filed as soon as...

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How Will Colleges Make Decisions This Year and Next? Oct 01, 2020

There have been many challenges and disruptions to our everyday lives since the COVID pandemic started – in-home quarantine, required social distancing, no visits with friends or distant family, no travel, and even a shortage of toilet paper. This article addresses the unique circumstances...

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