Category: college planning

The Financial Aid Timeline

If you are tackling the college financial aid process for the first time (or even second or third), and just don’t know where to begin, look no further!

When Will I Receive My Financial Aid Award?

In January and February, most families have wrapped up the financial aid process and are eagerly awaiting their financial aid award letter.

Picking The Right Classes

The new year often means looking ahead at the months to come. For many high school students, this involves planning for the upcoming school year and selecting which classes they’ll be taking.

The Waiting Game

For many of you, these next several months will be the last time you are in the same place with the same people. As Billy Madison once said, “Cherish it! For the love of God, cherish it!”

College Board’s Landscape Tool

Landscape is still new, and it has only been rolled out to a select batch of colleges for this year's pilot program. But if all goes well, and the response is better to this than it was for the controversial Adversity Score...

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.