All posts by thecollegeexpert

I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. I knew from that moment that I wanted to help as many people as I can to be able to achieve the same thing. It's my passion to give students and parents guidance on how to simplify and make the college process more affordable.

Summer Vacation for the College Applicant

With the last day of school right around the corner for many students, it’s a good time to think about what you’ll be doing with the newfound abundance of free time you’ll have over the next few months.  While of course college admissions officers are interested in your GPA, your standardized test scores, and your ...

The Guide to a Productive Summer

School’s out, and summer planning is in full swing for our students here at PES. Many are looking forward to family vacations, time spent with friends, and catching up on some much-needed rest and relaxation. But did you know that the way you spend your summers will hold some weight in the outcome of your ...

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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 ...