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FAFSA Series: Does College Order Matter?

When students complete a FAFSA, they are required to name and submit their form to at least one college. This may seem obvious, but so many students struggle with knowing where they will apply, especially right at the time when the FAFSA becomes available (October 1st, in case you were still wondering). In a desperate ...

FAFSA Series: The FAFSA & Income – What You Don’t Know Can Cost You!

A family’s income plays a large part in the financial aid process, and most importantly, when determining a student’s EFC (Expected Family Contribution). For most colleges and universities, this is first determined by submitting a FAFSA with your latest taxes and incomes.

College Admissions & Social Media

What you post on social media is fair game to an admissions officer. One tweet, post, or snap could mean the difference between an acceptance and a denial. The use of social media is becoming increasingly common in the admissions process, and I always tell my students that they can never be too careful with ...

The Importance of Campus Visits

One of the first questions I ask my students when I begin helping them with their college lists is about the type of school at which they see themselves. A common response I get is along the lines of “I want the big university with the football team, Greek life, thousands of new people to ...

Demonstrating Interest – College Admissions Best Kept Secret

What goes into the review of an application? Of course, your grades and standardized test scores are at the very top of the list. Your performance in the classroom for four years is one of the key pieces of information that a college relies on when predicting if you’ll be a good fit for them ...

FAFSA Series: Submitting the FAFSA Before You Have a Finalized College List…Should You Do It?

At this time of year, most students have a pretty good idea of where they would like to apply for college. And if you are thinking about applying for a college, it is in your best interest to consider applying for financial aid there as well. Whether you’re a first-year student or looking to transfer, ...

The Danger of the College Ranking System

“Define the word best for me.” This question is generally met with a bit of hesitation, followed by one of the words that makes me cringe most: rankings. One of the biggest obstacles I have to overcome when helping a student with his or her college list is convincing that student to look beyond the ...

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