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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 [...]

By |November 15th, 2017|College Consulting Services, College Tips, Financial Aid, Tips for Parents, Tips for Students, Tuition Costs|Comments Off on 10 Financial Aid Forms You Can’t Afford to Forget

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 [...]

By |October 19th, 2017|college admission assistant, College Tips, General Admission Information, Tips for Parents, Tips for Students, Tuition Costs|Comments Off on FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid

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 [...]

By |September 13th, 2017|college admission assistant, College Tips, General Admission Information, Tips for Students|Comments Off on Are You Properly Prepared When Asking for Letters of Recommendation?

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 [...]

How and When to Prepare for the PSAT, SAT or ACT Exam

Many students wonder if they should study before taking the PSAT, SAT or ACT exam. The simple answer is YES. There are many methods of study that are available to you and your preparation can be tailored to meet your learning style. Many students like preparing online and there are programs that can guide you through the exam prep. Some programs are free while others charge a fee that varies from inexpensive to expensive. I recommend this method of studying if you are a self-motivated learner and can master new skills without personal instruction. If you prefer guidance from an [...]

By |July 10th, 2017|college admission assistant, College Tips, Entrance Exams and Essays, General Admission Information, General College Information, Tips for Students|Comments Off on How and When to Prepare for the PSAT, SAT or ACT Exam

Does Your Teen Know How to Pick a Major on College Applications?

Colleges don’t expect your teen to know exactly what he wants to do with his life by the time he is a high school senior. They do, however, expect that he has a general sense of direction when he applies. The purpose of college is to get exposure to a wide range of fields and to also develop a set of skills that your teen will be able to use in the working world. Many students agonize over which intended major to select on the application itself; some hoping that this will make a difference between an acceptance [...]

By |June 8th, 2017|college admission assistant, college admission consultant, College Application Consultant, College Tips, General Admission Information, General College Information|Comments Off on Does Your Teen Know How to Pick a Major on College Applications?

Making the Most Out of Summer Vacation between Junior and Senior Year of High School

Summer break is the perfect time to get a head start on your college applications. There are many things a rising senior can do to prepare for application season. Below is a list of suggestions: Finalize the list of colleges to which you wish to apply. The list should consist of up to three reach schools, four to six target schools and up to three safety schools. Summer is the perfect time to begin writing college essays. The main essays on the Common Application are available online. Review your choices and begin the writing process. I suggest my clients brainstorm [...]

By |May 8th, 2017|College Tips|Comments Off on Making the Most Out of Summer Vacation between Junior and Senior Year of High School

How to Decide Which College to Attend

The long wait is finally over and you have heard from all the colleges on your list. Deciding which one to choose may seem like a daunting task, but if you break your decision down and focus on the ultimate goal, graduation and life after college, deciding which college to attend becomes more easily attainable. When you first started the college process you focused on “fit.”  This is an intangible that is different for each person, but generally includes: location of the college, size of the college, cost of the college and whether the college has your major. Now you [...]

How to Understand the Financial Aid Package

High school seniors are busy receiving acceptance notices to colleges. They are also receiving financial aid packages. Many are confused about what is offered and this blog will attempt to explain (in simplistic terms) the types of aid available. SCHOLARSHIPS: Merit scholarship: This award is given for academic excellence in high school. It is FREE money that does not need to be repaid and is awarded for each year the student is in college. The amount can change up or down (or be rescinded) if the college’s requirements are not met during matriculation. Grant money: Again, this is FREE money [...]

By |March 7th, 2017|College Tips, General Admission Information, General College Information, Tips for Parents, Tips for Students, Tuition Costs|Comments Off on How to Understand the Financial Aid Package

Which Matters More – High Grades or Challenging Courses?

This is the time of year many students are getting ready to select high school classes for the following school year. With that in mind, I am re-publishing a blog I wrote about the how and why behind choosing high school classes with an eye to future college admission. Andi Teens today are usually in a quandary when deciding what courses to take during high school to enhance their college applications. Are high grades or challenging courses more important?  Should the student go for the “easy” A or take the tough AP course? Should s/he take a college course while [...]

By |February 15th, 2017|College Consulting Services, College Tips, General Admission Information, General College Information, Other Good Info, Tips for Parents, Tips for Students, Videos|Comments Off on Which Matters More – High Grades or Challenging Courses?