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Federal Verification – What is it, and what does it mean if you’re selected?

If you’re not familiar with the financial aid process, you have probably never heard of the procedure called ‘federal verification’. Before I get into the specifics of verification, I will provide some insight on the financial aid process as a whole.   For the most part, colleges rely on some or much of government funding which also contributes to ...

The Importance of Service (In College Admissions… and Beyond)

I was recently discussing with a student her plans to volunteer for the summer, and it got me thinking: what if every high school student was as motivated as her to change the world?   This student’s passion for service was so evident in the way she discussed her plans to get involved, and it was clear ...

The Importance of a Balanced Schedule

As we head into the thick of application season, one question I find myself getting on an almost daily basis from students is whether they’ve taken a rigorous enough schedule in high school. My answer? It depends. Yes, colleges want students who have challenged themselves in high school and taken the most difficult classes offered to them, but many ...

Paying For College: Penalty or Platform?

Recently, I attended a community event that involved sitting down to dinner with several people I had just met. Sometimes when asked, I hesitate to tell people exactly what I do for a living because inevitably the other person tries to turn the rest of our conversation into their own personal consultation session. Bracing for ...

Standardized Testing Accommodations

  If there’s one positive thing to have come out of the admissions scandal from this past Spring, perhaps it is this- a spotlight has been cast on ACT and SAT testing accommodations.  Prior to the scandal, and even still today, I’m sure, there are many deserving students who are not aware that they have the option to apply for ...

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Using Common App onTrack, the Common App mobile app, to Manage your application process.

Let’s talk managing deadlines– which isn’t as simple as itsounds when you’re applying to ten different colleges, each with their own unique application deadlines.   As much as I’d love to be able to snap my fingers and make sure students everywhere never miss a deadline again, the reality is that YOU need to be an active participant in yourapplication process to ...

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The Tuition Bill

So you have a student going to college, maybe they have already made the all-important decision of which college to attend, and even chosen a major. And, lucky you, the tuition bill just came in the mail. So now what?   Your eyes may have glazed over at the initial award letter you received (if ...