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Making the Choice to Apply Early Decision/ Early Action early action early decision Sep 11, 2021

Over 450 colleges offer Early Decision or Early Action application plans. Some offer both. Before deciding whether you should apply for Early Decision or Early Action, it’s important to understand the differences between applying through either one of these plans and applying in the...

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Majoring in Applied Math Sep 04, 2021

In an annual CareerCast.com survey of the best and worst occupations in the U.S., mathematicians often land in the top few spots. With an average annual income of about $95,000, enviable working conditions, and considerable autonomy, math majors don’t only rank high, but math-related...

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Back to the Classroom Aug 30, 2021

Greetings! I hope you and your loved ones have fared well this summer. It's  September, so here is your first issue of the 2021-22 academic year. In this issue, you will find:

After over a year of online learning, most US students will be returning to the classroom this fall. Along with the...

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12 Rule That Help Parents Avoid College Planning Stress Jul 16, 2021
The 12 rules that help parents avoid the stress of college planning and reduce the pressure on their child:
 
Rule #1 - I will encourage, listen to, and help my child through this stressful time.
 
Rule #2 - I will help facilitate college visits, and I will help keep track of...
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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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