Don’t fall victim to these myths!
1 My family makes too much money to qualify for financial aid.
This is one of the biggest myths out there. You may not qualify for aid at one school, and qualify for lots of money at another school (see blog - How Do You Get Money for College?).
2. It costs more to go out-of-state than to stay in-state.
Not so. With increased tuition rates in many states, it is not always cheaper to stay in-state. There are out of state tuition waivers available for many students. Also, colleges offer scholarships to students for athletes, scholars, certain majors, leadership, and other categories. Don't narrow your list of colleges to just in-state schools.
3. It cost more to go to a private school than a public school.
Not necessarily. Each family situation is unique and you may find it will...
Did you get started late on applying to colleges? Got your December test scores back and you're reconsidering what colleges you are applying to?
Don’t worry! There are many colleges that you can apply to in January and after (even some through August). Here are a few tips for finding colleges/universities with open applications:
Taking PSAT is one step in preparing for the SAT. It's also the test used to determine if you qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program. A test for sophomores (the PSAT 10) will be offered by some schools between the end of February and early March. PSAT/NMSQT scores are made available online.
Follow these steps to make the most of the PSAT:
January equals the mid-point of your school year. NOW is the time to review your MID YEAR CHECKLIST. This is an exciting but busy time for you.
1. Meet with your high school counselor
2. Gear up for next year
If you’re considering taking a “pause” from your studies, go through the college application process, but ask about deferral policies both for academics and financial aid. Thinking about those things now provides time to decide if a gap is a practical option. In the meantime, start exploring gap programs and options. Do you want something structured or freewheeling? Do you want to climb a mountain or work with children? Is this a time to work in a lab or volunteer at an animal hospital? Would you like to become fluent in a language, understand the inner workings of health care, or meet decision makers in Washington, D.C.? You can do all those and more on a gap.
Gaps have become so acceptable that some colleges, such as Princeton, have set up their own fully-funded programs to encourage students to explore the world and themselves before entering college.
And more than 90 percent of 600 gap students...
What do I need to focus on in my second semester?
Now that your first semester is under your belt, it is tempting to take it easy during your second semester. Why does it matter if some of my grades slip this semester?
What You Do Now Matters
Colleges are going to ask the following questions of you:
Did you challenge yourself? Did you take the hardest classes you could!
Did you get the best grades you could? This includes both first and second semester.
What did you do extra in your classes? Are you contributing to the class? Will your teachers discuss your contributions in your recommendations?
Keep your grades up and your enthusiasm going as you start in your spring semester. You will be glad you did!
Paying for college is often compared to paying for airline tickets. No two people pay the same price. What will your costs be at college? How much you pay for college depends on so many factors. Knowing what those factors are, and how college will look at your family’s financial situation, will help you know what the price of your “college” ticket will be. Knowing how it will differ from one college to another will help you compare one college to another.
How do I know if I am eligible for financial aid?
What do colleges look at to determine how much you pay for college? The FAFSA or Profile forms are used to determine how much your family can contribute to your college education. The forms include questions to find out:
What is an “Expected Family...
SAT Subject tests are based on the curriculum you have in class. It's an opportunity to demonstrate your mastery of a particular subject. According to the College Board,
"The SAT Subject Tests offer you an additional opportunity to show colleges what you know and what you know you can do. Many colleges use the SAT Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Some colleges specify the SAT Subject Tests that they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take."
Make plans now to include SAT Subject tests as part of your college planning process.
Here are the Top 10 factors to consider for your “Perfect” college:
Academics: How important is this factor to you? If you know your major, that should be a requirement What about special programs such as honors, study abroad, senior projects? Also consider the learning environment. Is the campus on semesters, quarters, or offer a May or January term? How do you learn best?
Climate: Think about what climate you will want to live in for at least three seasons of the year while at college. If you have never lived through winter in New England, think about how you will feel about months of snow, rain and later a very muddy spring. Or visa versa, how will a lot of heat and humidity feel for days on end. Will you melt? Climate can make or break a school.
Size: Think about what size college you would like to attend. Attending a school with 20,000 undergrads is not for everyone! What is your comfort zone?
Location: Think carefully about what type of area are looking...
When completing college applications as a senior, you are asked to select a major. When do you start looking at future majors?
1. Start early. It's never too early or too late to start exploring your interests and connecting them to majors or careers.
2. Learn about yourself. Take advantage of career surveys, interest inventories or other questionnaires or resources available to you. The more you understand yourself, the better prepared you are for next steps.
3. Research. Use the Internet and other research tools available to you to explore what majors are needed for careers you are interested in. Taking classes in subjects required for a major or profession helps you learn more too.
4. Try it on. Arrange to do a job shadow or to interview someone in careers you are interested in.
5. Make a short list. Once you have done your research and talked to people in professions, narrow your list of majors to pursue. Often...
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