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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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College: Demonstrating Interest—COVID Edition Sep 24, 2020

Demonstrated interest is a term used by colleges as a way of measuring an individual student’s level of interest in their institution. Traditionally, students have been able to show their interest through personal contact to indicate to a college – hey, I like you! That involved...

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Making The Most of Virtual Learning Sep 16, 2020

In a March 2020 education paper printed in the Harvard Business Review, Vijay Govindarajan and Anup Srivastava, both renowned international business professors, stated the following: “Tectonic shifts in society and business occur when unexpected events force widespread experimentation...

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AP Scores and College Credit Jun 17, 2020

Although this year's AP tests were “non-traditional”, many colleges have said that they will still award AP credit (see this list by Prompt).  AP scores will be available online beginning July 15.  Scores are released over several days based on the state in which you...

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You Can Make A Difference: Student Activism Jun 03, 2020

It was hard to imagine 2020 being any worse, and then the country erupted over the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.  Communities have watched in horror as protests have boiled over into riots and confrontations with heavily armed police and national guard...

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Should You Take the SAT or ACT This Year? May 28, 2020

You may have heard last week that the University of California system – with 10 campuses enrolling over a quarter million students – announced it would be test-optional for Fall 2021 admission.  The new policy phases in changes over the next four years ending with the...

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3 Things You Can Do To Remove Your College Admissions Stress May 20, 2020

Applying to colleges can be a stressful process under the best circumstances.  In 2020, with the education system turned on its ear, the admission process might seem near impossible.  Standardized tests are canceled for the spring, high schools are closed changing the dynamics of grades...

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10 Little-Known Factors That Could Help Your Teen’s College Admissions. Part 2 of 3 May 20, 2020

Enjoy learning some essential tips from Ryan Clark and me about college planning – learn and help your teens apply to college this fall in the most effective way despite so much uncertainty with college applications.

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High School Sophomores and Juniors - What College Will You Fit In? May 13, 2020

“Warm, welcoming, smart, and unpretentious– our university is filled with students who are driven to be the best they can be without striving to do so at the expense of others. They excel at allowing everyone to be comfortable with who they are, and not having to be a...

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