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How Parents Can Support Seniors with Applications

It’s September, which means application season and school are officially in full swing! In light of this, I wanted to share ideas for how parents can help students during the coming months. College applications can be work intensive and stressful, but with a team of supporters, students will come out stronger and more mature on…
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A Math Professor Takes the SAT

I’d like to share a fascinating article from Forbes.com. Steven Salzberg is a professor of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University. He took the SAT along with his daughter, and his observations about it are very revealing. As a person whose job involves high level math skills, Salzburg should be a good judge of how well the…
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Grandparents Helping with College: A Word of Caution

I often work with students who have a grandparent (or other relative) who has saved money in a 529 or other account to help pay for college. If you are one of these lucky students (or their parent), you are fortunate! But it’s also important to know that grandparent’s money can harm your chances for…
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Advice College Admissions Officers Give their Own Kids

Who better than a college admissions officer to give you advice when applying to college? Of course, if you are a teenager, and that college admissions officer happens to be your mom or dad, it may be the last person you’ll take advice from! I wanted to share this wonderful article from the New York Times…
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An (often) Overlooked Part of College Applications

As a college applicant, you will probably spend hours pouring over your essays and your apps, making lists of requirements and deadlines and studying diligently for tests. After all, you want to make sure everything you present to the colleges is as strong as it can be. But did you know that there is one important component…
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FAFSA Mistakes that Could Cost You

Happy New Year! January is one of my favorite months of the year in college admissions, because my students are done with most of their applications, and finally get to enjoy a much deserved break from essays, activity lists and standardized tests. Not the case for parents though, who are now busy filing their financial aid applications, wrestling…
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Why Community College Could Be the Best Choice You’ll Ever Make

I’ll let you in on a little secret – although my career and business are dedicated to counseling students on 4-year college admissions, I started MY college education at a community college. And it was the best choice I ever made. Had I chosen to go straight to a 4-year college, I suspect it would…
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How Students Can Lower College Costs

If you shudder when thinking about financing your child’s education, you are not alone. With rising tuitions, and more students competing for limited financial aid, the cost of a 4-year education has risen dramatically over the past decade. And while parents are usually the ones staying awake at night fretting over tuition bills, students can…
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