Tag: college

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 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...

How Personal is too Personal in an Admissions Essay?

The Common Application is your chance to set yourself apart from other applicants. Make sure you're putting your best self out there for admissions officers to see.

The Financial Aid Year and Taxes: How Do I Keep it All Straight?

You are not alone if you’re confused by what financial aid paperwork to submit for the current ‘aid year’. The good news is, this system was set up to actually help families complete the financial aid process more efficiently. Feeling better yet?

THE FSA ID: What Is It and How Is It Used?

You may have heard of the Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) in reference to the FAFSA, but you may find yourself wondering: what exactly is it?

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Are College Costs Deceiving?

To a college finance geek like me, this is what I imagine ‘earnings season’ must be like for a Wall Street whale. Several reports about college costs, value and debt have appeared in national publications, and I’m mired in college numbers. It seems like every time I hit refresh, I’ve got a new financial report/ ...

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Make College More Affordable

It’s no secret that college has become insanely expensive.  In fact, for most people the cost of college will excede the cost of their home.  Parents want to do everything thing they can to help their child go to college, but unfortunately they don’t know where or how to begin.   That’s why I’ve started ...