Category: college dream builder

The Value of a Strong Letter of Recommendation

One thing that’s easy to forget about is the value of a strong letter of recommendation. But who better to show a college what you’re like as a student than...

How Personal is too Personal in an Admissions Essay?

The Common Application is your chance to set yourself apart from other applicants. Make sure you're putting your best self out there for admissions officers to see.

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!

Biggest Mistakes Students Make When Writing Their Admissions Essays

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

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?