Category: college dream builder

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?

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.

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Can You Graduate College In 4 Years?

“Seven good years of school gone to waste!”  – John Belushi, Animal House It has become all too common.  College students taking 5,6,7, even 8 years to complete their bachelor’s degree.  Why?  The mindset of many large, state universities throughout the country — Your Best Customers Are Your Current Customers — Aiding students to stay in ...

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Are College Costs Deceiving?

To a college finance geek like me, this is what I imagine ‘earnings season’ must be like for a Wall Street whale. Several reports about college costs, value and debt have appeared in national publications, and I’m mired in college numbers. It seems like every time I hit refresh, I’ve got a new financial report/ ...