Category Archives: Parent Help

Changes to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for the FAFSA What is the IRS Data Retrieval Tool? When applying for FAFSA, the government prompts you to enter your family income and assets. The forms need to be precise, so there’s no room for guesswork. Therefore, the information you enter must match your taxes exactly.  That’s where the … Continue reading Changes to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

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

Accommodations for SAT, ACT and Other College Board Exams

Students with learning or other disabilities may be eligible to have accommodations when taking the PSAT, SAT, and AP tests. How does a student need to qualify for testing accommodations? To qualify, a student must 1) have a documented disability 2) show that taking the College Board exams will be impacted by the disability 3) … Continue reading Accommodations for SAT, ACT and Other College Board Exams

Why SAT Scores May Go Down the Second Time Around

SAT scores went down???? It is one of the most frustrating experiences for your student after a second nerve-racking round of test taking, your student’s SAT scores went down.  Surprising to students and parents, SAT scores do not always increase the second time around – even with test prep and investments in resources. According to … Continue reading Why SAT Scores May Go Down the Second Time Around

Summer Tutoring: Is it Necessary? Maybe, Maybe Not

What???? Summer Tutoring?? As the last days of school prove hectic almost all parents exhale stating summer should be a special time to drop the hectic schedules, sit by the pool and decompress – sounds good to us! Who wants to think about school, let alone summer tutoring! Except for the fact that we parents sometimes can’t … Continue reading Summer Tutoring: Is it Necessary? Maybe, Maybe Not

Great Summer Reads for your Middle and High School Students

Middle School Summer Reading Suggestions 1. 1984 by George Orwell2. Divergent by Veronica Roth 3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie4. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins6. Crossover by Kwame Alexander7. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card8. The Book … Continue reading Great Summer Reads for your Middle and High School Students

How Does CPC Motivate Your Student to Perform on the SAT or ACT?

Motivation is the key first step in SAT Prep Any good Test Prep program requires intensive, consistent work. We believe ACT/SAT lessons delivered before the student is internally motivated are next to useless. Motivating the student – At CPC, our initial sessions are designed to show the student why they should want to study for the test.  We take the time … Continue reading How Does CPC Motivate Your Student to Perform on the SAT or ACT?

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?

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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