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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 [...]

Take Advantage of Colleges’ Visits to Your High School

By | 2017-09-09T21:47:04+00:00 September, 7, 2017|College Research, College Visits|

As school gets underway, so do college admissions counselors' visits to high schools.  As with college fairs, these visits give students the opportunity to learn about different colleges and to connect with the people who read and make decisions about applications.  Unlike a college fair, an admissions officer's visit to a [...]

Upcoming College Fairs

By | 2017-09-09T22:11:31+00:00 August, 29, 2017|College Admissions, College Research|

Just as the fall is a popular time for college admissions officers to visit high schools, it's also when most college fairs are held.  In the next couple months, there will be several fairs in the Denver area.  Click the links below to learn more about each fair, including which [...]

Should You Rule Out a College Because of Its Political Climate?

By | 2017-09-07T02:12:03+00:00 July, 12, 2017|College Fit, College Research|

There have been many news reports recently about controversies on college campuses due to differences in political beliefs, race, and/or religion.  For example, former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopolous was scheduled to speak at the University of California, Berkeley in February, but administrators cancelled his speech after demonstrations turned violent.  The [...]

The Value of a Summer Job

By | 2017-09-07T02:14:03+00:00 July, 6, 2017|College Admissions, College Preparation|

Concession stand attendant at a pool club.  Cashier at Walgreens.  Sales associate at JC Penney. These were the summer jobs I had when I was in high school.  Although I never worked during the school year because I was too busy with academics and extracurricular activities, it was basically a [...]

Parents: Talk to Your Kids Early About Paying for College

By | 2017-07-12T01:51:45+00:00 June, 28, 2017|College Admissions, College Applications, College Preparation, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

Before making a list of potential colleges for a student, I ask his or her parents to provide me with some financial information so that I can consider this in recommending schools for their child.  At least a few times each year, I get a response like the following: "We [...]

College Isn’t As Expensive As You Might Think

By | 2017-05-16T22:25:11+00:00 May, 16, 2017|Financial Aid, Scholarships, Uncategorized|

$69,717.  That was the cost, for the 2016-2017 school year, to attend the most expensive college in the United States: Harvey Mudd College in California.  Although Harvey Mudd's price is the highest, many other private colleges aren't far behind.  According to Business Insider, there are at least 50 colleges that cost nearly $65,000 [...]