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Are You A Senior? – The Next Step after Completing College Applications

Senior who have now completed their college applications, are beginning the waiting period for finding out if they have been accepted into college. What are the next steps?  There are several things seniors should be doing while waiting for the results of their hard work: Use your individual college ID to check the status of your application online. If any information is missing, quickly send it to the school. Check it weekly for updates. Make certain the FAFSA application is completed by mid-January for your best chance of receiving financial aid. Parents and students should each get an ID number [...]

By | 2019-01-19T14:16:47+00:00 January 19th, 2019|College Tips|0 Comments

10 College Interview Mistakes and How to Correct Them

Make Sure the Impression You Make is a Good One The college interview probably isn't the most important part of your application, but it can help you if you make a good impression. A bad impression can hurt your chances of getting accepted.  During the interview, DO NOT... 1. Be Late Your interviewers are busy people. Alumni interviewers are probably taking time out of their full-time jobs to meet with you, and campus admissions folks often have back-to-back appointments scheduled. Lateness disrupts schedules and shows irresponsibility on your part.   DO- Plan on arriving a full 30 minutes early to avoid problems. 2. [...]

By | 2018-12-17T16:43:57+00:00 December 17th, 2018|College Tips|0 Comments

Apply for FAFSA Now

Early October is the 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 FAFSA 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 state and school aid, and some private financial aid [...]

By | 2018-12-05T09:02:00+00:00 October 4th, 2018|College Tips|0 Comments

How to Write a Compelling Essay for your College Application

Almost all colleges require applicants to write an essay. Why, you may ask? Aren’t great grades and SAT/ACT scores more important? Colleges have many requirements for gaining admittance and grades and SAT/ACT scores are just part of the overall picture you present to a college. However, the number of applications received by colleges far exceeds the number of available spots. Even if you pass the numbers test, you still may not be accepted. The application essay can be the defining feature on your application and may be the difference between you receiving an acceptance or rejection notice. Most college essays are [...]

35 Best Questions to Ask on College Tours

Many high school students take college or University tours over holiday or summer break to determine if the school is a good fit. The questions you ask on the college tour can help determine if the school is right for you. Ideally you should talk to more than just the admission staff. In advance of the trip try to arrange a visit with a professor or two in your field of interest and ask to shadow a current student in your chosen field of study for a few hours. Not every school will comply with your request, but most admission [...]

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 [...]

By | 2018-07-25T13:28:41+00:00 March 13th, 2018|College Tips|0 Comments

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. [...]