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#NeverAgain Colleges and Student Protests

By | 2018-03-15T15:26:23+00:00 March, 15, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications|

On March 14, tens of thousands of high school students across the U.S. walked out of class in response to the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  Lasting 17 minutes, the walkouts were designed to honor the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting.  Furthermore, [...]

Analyzing Financial Aid Awards

By | 2018-03-15T15:30:24+00:00 March, 7, 2018|FAFSA, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

People often think of April 1 as April Fool's Day, but for high school seniors, it's an important date for another reason: April 1 is the deadline for colleges to notify students of their admissions decisions (at least if the college requires students to make a deposit by May 1).  [...]

Should Computer Coding Be Considered a Foreign Language?

By | 2018-03-16T23:31:03+00:00 February, 1, 2018|College Admissions, College Preparation|

In his State of the State address in January, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper discussed the need to incorporate more skill-based training into the state's education system to prepare students for 21st century jobs.  To that end, he proposed that high schools should offer computer coding as an option to meet [...]

You’ve Applied to College. Now What?

By | 2018-03-15T15:18:51+00:00 January, 16, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

High school seniors across the country are breathing a sigh of relief.  Having spent a significant part of the fall writing essays and filling out applications, most have now finished applying to college.  If you applied regular decision, now you have to endure the long wait until decisions are released, [...]

Should You Take a Gap Year?

By | 2018-03-15T15:23:00+00:00 January, 10, 2018|College Admissions, College Preparation|

With January 1 behind us, most seniors have finished submitting their college applications.  Now, some of them are turning their attention to the prospect of taking a gap year, an option that has long been popular in other countries but is becoming increasingly common in the U.S.  Younger students may [...]

New Year’s Resolutions to Increase Your College Prospects

By | 2018-03-15T15:16:28+00:00 January, 4, 2018|College Admissions, College Preparation|

Many people have a tradition of making New Year's resolutions.  Common resolutions include exercising more, eating healthier, and being more financially responsible.  If you're a high school student with a goal of attending college, the following resolutions could increase your chances of being admitted to your dream school: Get better [...]

Pro-Active Parents Reap Rewards

By | 2017-11-15T14:59:41+00:00 November, 15, 2017|College Preparation, FAFSA, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

Guest blog post by Jay Murray, Certified College Planning Specialist Parents who begin their college funding process early receive much larger need-based awards than those parents who choose to wait.  This is because of recent changes in the formulas colleges use to calculate need-based aid.  Financial aid is a function of [...]

Can AP/IB/Dual Enrollment Classes Save You Money?

By | 2017-11-06T17:15:52+00:00 November, 7, 2017|College Admissions Tests, College Preparation|

Many high school students take advanced classes to challenge themselves, prepare for college, and become more competitive in the college admissions process.  Depending on what is available at their high school, students might take Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or dual-enrollment classes (classes offered in partnership with a local [...]

What You Need to Know About College Merit Aid

By | 2017-11-02T23:36:07+00:00 October, 5, 2017|College Research, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

I recently wrote an article for Your College Advisors about merit scholarships.  The article explains that merit aid -- which can be based on a number of factors -- is a great option for students and families who don't qualify for need-based financial aid.  I offer tips on finding colleges that offer [...]

Smartphones and Teens’ Mental Health

By | 2017-09-09T23:01:59+00:00 September, 11, 2017|Uncategorized|

Smartphones have made many aspects of our lives easier and more productive.  I honestly don't know how I'd live my life or run my business without my phone.  I use my phone's calendar to keep track of appointments, social events, and even tasks I need to accomplish; I primarily use [...]