FAFSA Series: Submitting the FAFSA Before You Have a Finalized College List…Should You Do It?

At this time of year, most students have a pretty good idea of where they would like to apply for college. And if you are thinking about applying for a college, it is in your best interest to consider applying for financial aid there as well. Whether you’re a first-year student or looking to transfer, ...

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 ...

FAFSA Series – FAFSA Codes: Why Are They Important?

Many people do not pay attention to these codes, or even know what they are. However, knowing college filing codes can be extremely important and could make all the difference between receiving a financial aid award package from a college, and receiving no awards at all.

The Importance of Creating the Perfect College List

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

College Applications – Early Action: Early Decision’s Nice, Little Sister (part 3 of 3)

In a nutshell, early action applications come with many of the same benefits that early decision plans do, but without all of the baggage. As a refresher, those benefits are: receiving your admissions decision early (generally by or around Christmas time), having a higher chance of being admitted, and demonstrating an interest in a college.

FAFSA Series – FAFSA Prep: The Information You’ll Need

The new FAFSA will be available before you know it. Here are some tips to help you get prepared so you won’t be scrambling at the last minute.

The Great Debate – To Apply Early Decision, or not to Apply Early Decision (part 2 of 3)

As I mentioned last week, the key benefit of applying Early Decision is that you often have a higher chance of being accepted.

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