Month: July 2018

The Case for Safeties

Now let me tell you what a safety school is not. A safety school is not a ‘last resort.’ A safety school is not a bad school. A safety school is not the end of the world. Adding safeties to your list means adding options, opportunities, and choices.

FAFSA Website Changes – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

If you want to get money for college, then you'll need to know how to fill out the FAFSA correctly!

FAFSA Series: On FAFSA Filing Anxiety – How Important is it to File Early?

But what are the advantages to applying early for financial aid? And just how early should you plan to file your FAFSA?

Biggest Mistakes Students Make When Writing Their Admissions Essays

Nothing is worse for an admissions essay than a "cookie cutter" essay topic.

Why Use a Private College Admissions Counselor?

Did you know, the average caseload for a high school guidance counselor is anywhere from 250-500 students? Many students feel their high schools cannot offer enough time or energy to helping them choose a major or college to match their preferences and abilities.

When is the Perfect Time to Take the SAT or ACT?

The first thing you need to do is identify which of the two tests is the best fit for you. Let’s get one thing out of the way—which test you focus on is up to you. No college has a preference for one test over the other.

The Financial Aid Year and Taxes: How Do I Keep it All Straight?

You are not alone if you’re confused by what financial aid paperwork to submit for the current ‘aid year’. The good news is, this system was set up to actually help families complete the financial aid process more efficiently. Feeling better yet?

Are You Prepared for the Common Application?

Are you prepared for the Common Application? If not, don't sweat it, just read this article to get an overview of how it works and why you'll want to take it seriously.

THE FSA ID: What Is It and How Is It Used?

You may have heard of the Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) in reference to the FAFSA, but you may find yourself wondering: what exactly is it?

Do You Know What It Takes To Get Into College?

Founded in 1999, Professional Education Services (PES) has almost twenty years of experience helping high school students and their families through the college search, application, and selection process. Our system has helped thousands of students prepare for and gain admission to the colleges of their dreams.