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

This student’s passion for service was so evident in the way she discussed her plans to get involved, and it was clear to me that she was volunteering to better the lives of others—not just to have community service hours to list on her college application.

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!”

Navigating the Financial Aid Office: Myths and Musts

A pattern I have noticed from families over the past several years is an overall fear of the financial aid process.

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...

What If You’re Waitlisted?

Applications are in and decisions are rolling out. You’re eagerly checking your mail for anticipated acceptances or dreaded denials. But wait, what if you’re waitlisted?

The Future of Your Student Loans

The bottom line is to keep up with what kinds of loans you’re borrowing, and from where, so you can more effectively manage them when it comes time to pay them back.

Taxes & Financial Aid – How To Stay Organized

A few years ago, the whole financial aid system was changed to allow families to submit financial aid forms to colleges even earlier, and with their most updated filed taxes. Feeling better yet?

SAT/ACT Essay – Should I Take It?

When preparing for college, almost everyone knows the importance of studying for, taking, and scoring well on the ACT or SAT. However, the optional writing section or essays remain a mystery for many. Is it required? Why does it matter? Should I take it?

The Dangers of Senioritis!

It’s not all that uncommon for this pressure of senior year to catch up to students, and, as a result, their grades often take a hit.

So You Got In…Now What?

First – celebrate. Pat yourself on the back. Go out for cake and ice cream with mom and dad. Tell your friends. Shout it from the rooftop!

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