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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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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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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…
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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 most families hire me to help their student apply to 4-year colleges, I started MY college education at a community college. And it was the best choice I ever made. Had I tried to go straight to a 4-year college, I suspect it would have…
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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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Who’s Reading Your Essay?

Here’s a visualization exercise I use with students before they start their college admissions essays: Imagine a college admissions representative. I’ll say it’s a woman in her late 30’s, but you can visualize anyone you want. It’s mid-February, at 9 pm on a weeknight. She’s sitting at a desk with a pen in her hand…
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Advice from the Other Side

I asked students and parents to share their advice for students and parents about to begin the college admissions process. Who better to provide guidance than those who have just completed the journey? Here is some of the advice that they offered…. Advice from Students, for Students This may sound cliche, but stick to your own values…
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What to do if you’re Boring

I have worked with a range of students from very diverse backgrounds. Some have overcome poverty, illness, abuse or the death of a parent. Others have had fortunate lives without major challenges. But regardless of their background, when it’s time to write their college essay, students who haven’t faced hardships are often jealous of the…
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