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  • 3 Effective Ways to Start High School

    For many, freshman year of high school marks the transition from child to adult. It also serves as a transition to a focus on college. For the first time ever, many parents are thinking about their child’s next steps in life.   We receive questions all of the time from families who want to know how to make the most

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  • Get Half Off the Cost for College

    It amazes us every year to see how many families are misinformed about the financial aid process. Many assume, for example, that they make too much money to get financial aid. They assume because their neighbor didn’t get financial aid last year then they won’t. They assume their students’ grades are too low for any aid. They assume their home

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  • 5 Summer Activities to Stay Ahead

    If you have a junior in high school, college is approaching fast! Pretty soon your child will be completing applications, writing essays, and scheduling interviews. If you want the fall of senior year to go by smoothly, do these 5 things to stay ahead!   Finalize College List- Your student may have NO IDEA where he or she wants to

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  • Gargantuan Changes in Admissions

    The class of 2017 has had it rough. First they were told there would be a brand new SAT launching in spring of 2016. Then they were informed that the ACT would undergo a few changes too. Next, a new FAFSA would launch in the fall of 2016. Oh… and a new application called the Coalition would come into play.

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  • 4 Tips to Write an Incredible College Essay

    Sitting down to write a college admissions essay is tough. For many high school students, this is the first time they will write an autobiographical piece. Instead of writing a book review or a analytical piece about a theory, they have to talk about themselves. Trying to get creative when discussing your life can be difficult. Many students question: what

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  • Recruiting International Students

    There was an interesting article in the New York Times today concerning the recruitment tactics that U.S. colleges are using to attract international students. The article found that in many cases colleges are lowering their standards to recruit these students who are more than willing to pay top dollar to attend college in the United States. The trouble is that

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  • Costco Admissions Essay

    In case you missed it, Brittany Stinson was recently admitted to 5 Ivy League colleges and the most selective college in the country, Stanford. She had what most applicants for those schools had–great grades, impressive test scores, solid community involvement, documented interests… but what she had that was unique was a different admissions essay.   An important part in college

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  • Tips to Pick Your Best Fit Colleges

    Creating your ideal college list can be a challenge. There are over 4,000 colleges in the United States. That is a lot of schools with which to become familiar! It is a big reason why families hire professionals to help them make these decisions, but you can start the process on your own. If you follow these different areas then

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  • How to Negotiate for a Better Financial Aid Award

    It’s that time of year again. Families are beginning to hear from colleges regarding financial aid. For a few families, this is exciting as they are getting more in aid than originally anticipated. For most though… it can be a stressful and frustrating experience. When you aren’t getting the type of financial aid for which you believe you deserve, you

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  • Brian Talks Financial Aid on CCTV!

    Brian discusses financial aid on CCTV- With the average cost of an in-state college education hovering around $23,000 per year and the average cost of a private college education hovering around $42,000 per year it is safe to say… college is expensive. College prices have soared over the last 40 years, and many question why. More importantly, many have been

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  • 10 Steps to Start Your College Plan

    10 Easy Steps to Start Your College Plan!   Time and time again we are asked to give families a “how to” book for preparing for college. Well we thought we’d do just that! Below is a quick, 10-step planning process for you to begin your college plans.   1.) You need a destination to create a map.   Do

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