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Alternative Routes to a College Degree – GAP Year

Want to take a GAP year? There are many opportunities for students who wish to attend college but who need a longer transition than the traditional summer break between high school and college. Taking a year to travel, study abroad, volunteer, or work are just a few of the many things high school graduates can do before entering college. The preferred term for the time between high school and college is termed the GAP year. Taking a break between high school and college is a great idea for some students.  Research has shown that students tend to be more mature [...]

6 Tips about College Admission Results

For teens, especially Juniors and Seniors, the results of the college application process can be both an exhilarating and painful experience. Some are surprised about being accepted into reach schools, and some rejections from easy-to-get-into colleges can be frustrating. Of course, being on the wait list is not fun. Once all those acceptances, rejections and deferments have arrived, it’s time to choose your future. Many students have until May 1 to make up their minds. For some, this choice will be easy. For others, the decision will require further analysis, financial calculations and, perhaps, some soul searching to find the [...]

The Happy Dilemma: How to Decide Which College to Attend?

Every March thousands of high school seniors anxiously wait for acceptance notices from the colleges to which they applied. Once all the acceptance notices are in, most have multiple choices. There is no magic formula to help make the decision easy, but there are some things you can do to help make the process of deciding less daunting. Cost. A student's actual expenses can vary based on their residency, academic level, major or program of study, living situation and lifestyle. The published cost of attendance is an estimated average, not a price tag. Weigh the financial aid package offered from [...]

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The Best Time for College Tours

There is virtually no better time to do college tours than during spring break. Your teen is off from school for a week. The weather is improving and most colleges will be in session. (Unless they are on spring break as well). Here are a few suggestions for putting together a successful multi-college campus tour: Create a plan: I am a huge believer in planning ahead. Especially when it affects some of life’s most important decisions. The college selection process is one of those. Take time to plan where, when, and what you’ll be doing during the trip. Harvard University [...]

Deferred From Your First Choice School?

The biggest benefit of applying to college early action or early decision is knowing early if you have been accepted or not to a top-choice school. Nothing is more frustrating than being deferred. Getting deferred means the college is postponing its admission decision and will review your application with the regular decision applicants. You will find out in the spring if you’ve been accepted or rejected. You are in “application limbo.” Is there something you can do to increase your chances of getting accepted the second time around? Here are eleven suggestions that might tip the scale in your favor. [...]

The Six Worst College Application Mistakes

We are officially in the midst of the college application and admissions season! Millions of students across the world have been and will be submitting applications. And while technology is making submitting easier, there is still room for human error. Below are the six worst college application mistakes that you want to avoid before you hit SEND! Misspelling your own name. Make sure that your name is spelled correctly on all your applications and official documents Simple typos and misspellings – Daneil versus Daniel, Cathy versus Kathy, or Smith versus Smiht – can cause colleges to think that two different people exist. Problems can also arise when you alternate between your full name and nickname. My advice, pick one name, use it consistently throughout the application and spell it correctly. The consequence of a mistake will be colleges will have a harder time completing your files. Incomplete files do not get read. So triple check even the basic information – name, address, social security number and birth date. In the same vein, make sure that your email address is correct and while we are at it – appropriate. […]

10 Financial Aid Forms You Can’t Afford to Forget

A previous blog discussed the importance of timely completion of the FAFSA. Parents should be diligently completing this form and strictly adhering to the timeline. The form is complicated and there are many websites devoted to helping you. This blog is equally important in your search for financial aid. Wendy David-Games, from StudentAdvisor.com, wrote a compelling article about all the financial forms you may need to complete in order to be eligible for the MOST financial aid. The article is reproduced below. Colleges determine which financial aid applications they require to calculate financial aid awards. There are billions of dollars in [...]

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid

FAFSA: Go to Site Each year at this time, families find themselves completing at least one, if not two, financial aid forms for college scholarships. The forms may seem daunting but without them, no aid will be forthcoming. To apply for federal student aid, you need to complete the FAFSASM or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for [...]

Are You Properly Prepared When Asking for Letters of Recommendation?

All college applications require two teacher recommendations. It is important to ask two teachers who know you well to write this letter. Preferably, the teachers you choose will be ones who taught you junior year. When asking a teacher for a recommendation, always ask IN PERSON and at the beginning of the school year. Many teachers will commit to writing a specific number of recommendation letters and when that number is reached, they will not accept more requests.  Follow up with this in person or with an email request. If your high school is one of the many that uses [...]

What Type of College Application Plan is Best for YOUR Teen?

Most families do not realize there are several types of application plans offered by colleges and universities. Deciding which is best for your child, will help determine what schools to apply to, and the timelines that need to be adhered to when applying to specific schools. Before deciding on which type of application plan is right for your child, you need to thoroughly understand the difference. There are two types of application plans, Non-Restrictive Plans and Restrictive Plans. Non-Restrictive Applications Plans allow students to wait until May 1 to confirm enrollment. These include: Regular Decision is the application process in [...]