Category: college planning

Assert Your Rights: Who is Eligible to Appeal?

One of the most exciting parts of my role as a financial aid advisor is to be able to help a deserving family apply for additional aid. Many of the families that I work with are not fully aware of the financial aid appeal process, and are often happy to learn of their eligibility.  There ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Danger of the College Ranking System

“Define the word best for me.” This question is generally met with a bit of hesitation, followed by one of the words that makes me cringe most: rankings. One of the biggest obstacles I have to overcome when helping a student with his or her college list is convincing that student to look beyond the ...

The Importance of Creating the Perfect College List

There’s a lot more to building a strong college list than you might think.

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...

The Activities Section – Your College Application Depends on it

Make sure your using the activities section in your college applications wisely. It can be the difference between being accepted or denied at your dream school.