So You Got In…Now What?

First – celebrate. Pat yourself on the back. Go out for cake and ice cream with mom and dad. Tell your friends. Shout it from the rooftop!

Application Deadlines – What’s the Difference?

One of the first things we explain to our students at the beginning of the application process is the difference between the types of deadlines. Let’s take a moment to sort those out.

FAFSA Series – FAFSA School Codes: Why They Are Important

If a college requires the FAFSA as part of their financial aid process, then they have a unique 6-digit FAFSA filing-code. Many people do not pay attention to these codes, or even know what they are. However, knowing college filing codes can be extremely important and could make all the difference between receiving a financial ...

FAFSA Before a Finished College List?

If you (or your students) are thinking about applying for college, it is probably in your best interest to consider applying for financial aid there as well. At this time of year, we hope that most students have a pretty good idea of where they would like to apply for college already. But this isn’t ...

Federal Verification – What is it, and what does it mean if you’re selected?

If you’re not familiar with the financial aid process, you have probably never heard of the procedure called ‘federal verification’. Before I get into the specifics of verification, I will provide some insight on the financial aid process as a whole.   For the most part, colleges rely on some or much of government funding which also contributes to ...

The Importance of Service (In College Admissions… and Beyond)

I was recently discussing with a student her plans to volunteer for the summer, and it got me thinking: what if every high school student was as motivated as her to change the world?   This student’s passion for service was so evident in the way she discussed her plans to get involved, and it was clear ...

The Importance of a Balanced Schedule

As we head into the thick of application season, one question I find myself getting on an almost daily basis from students is whether they’ve taken a rigorous enough schedule in high school. My answer? It depends. Yes, colleges want students who have challenged themselves in high school and taken the most difficult classes offered to them, but many ...

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