Category Archives: College Planning

FAFSA Filing Available October 1st

FAFSA Filing Available October 1st October 1 is the first day that anyone expecting to apply for financial aid can access, complete, and submit the FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE.  Jeff Levy, of Personal College Admissions, a California college consulting firm, provides some excellent information re the FAFSA filing that I have included below. Don’t forget our Net College … Continue reading FAFSA Filing Available October 1st

What Differently-Abled Students Need to Know When Preparing For College

Finding the perfect college takes a lot of work and planning.  Students with disabilities and special requirements should be especially careful to ensure their college choice can provide for their academic and social needs.  It’s important to note that schools cannot deny a student admission based on a disability.  While it’s not required to tell … Continue reading What Differently-Abled Students Need to Know When Preparing For College

Why It Is Important for Juniors To Take the PSAT in October

Many students and parents do not realize the importance of the PSAT/NMSQT and might therefore push-off test prep until later in the academic year.  However taking the PSAT and doing well has significant benefits for certain students: Scholarship Opportunities The National Merit Scholarship Program is open to all PSAT-takers National Achievement Scholarship Program for Black … Continue reading Why It Is Important for Juniors To Take the PSAT in October

Why Consider An Honors College?

Many highly able and qualified students, as well as their parents, believe that the best college education can only be obtained at the super selective and very expensive Ivy and “little Ivy” institutions.  Not necessarily.  An Honors College could be an affordable option offering a first-rate education for the right student. With costs soaring above … Continue reading Why Consider An Honors College?

How Early Should Your Student Start The College Planning Process?

How early is too early to start the college planning process? Late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s was a father of 9 and a humorous man.  He had a statement that is one of my favorites: “In a big family, the first child is kind of like the first pancake.  If it’s not perfect, that’s … Continue reading How Early Should Your Student Start The College Planning Process?

13 Items Often Overlooked When Researching Colleges

Don’t overlook these important details when researching colleges Finding colleges that meet your academic, social and financial needs is important, but there is much more research that needs to be done.  There are things that are just as important, but are not always things students and parents think about when considering colleges.  Here is a … Continue reading 13 Items Often Overlooked When Researching Colleges

Will You Be able to Help Your College-Age Child in a Medical Emergency?

Plan for emergencies before your child leaves college Early one October morning, you receive a call from your child’s college roommate telling you that your child has been taken to the hospital after an accident on campus.  He is 300 miles away and you have no idea of his condition.  You call the ER for … Continue reading Will You Be able to Help Your College-Age Child in a Medical Emergency?

Which Hurts Your Chances More: Low Grades or Low Test Scores?

Who is in the tougher situation when it comes to getting into college: the student whose high school GPA is lower than ideal or the student whose SAT /ACT scores are lower than ideal? It is clear that having mediocre or low college admission test scores gives students a better shot at more colleges and … Continue reading Which Hurts Your Chances More: Low Grades or Low Test Scores?

Having the Money Talk: 8 Key Questions Every Family Should Ask

You may have asked a lot of questions, but have you had “the money talk”? Large research university or small liberal arts college?  City school or rural school?  Close to home or out-of-state?  As counselors, we talk about finding a school that’s the right “fit” academically and has an atmosphere that suits the student.  But.. … Continue reading Having the Money Talk: 8 Key Questions Every Family Should Ask

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