Pro-Active Parents Reap Rewards

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 [...]

By | 2017-11-15T14:59:41+00:00 November, 15, 2017|College Preparation, FAFSA, Financial Aid, Scholarships|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By | 2017-11-06T17:15:52+00:00 November, 7, 2017|College Admissions Tests, College Preparation|0 Comments

What You Need to Know About College Merit Aid

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 [...]

By | 2017-11-02T23:36:07+00:00 October, 5, 2017|College Research, Financial Aid, Scholarships|0 Comments

Smartphones and Teens’ Mental Health

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-09T23:01:59+00:00 September, 11, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Take Advantage of Colleges’ Visits to Your High School

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-09T21:47:04+00:00 September, 7, 2017|College Research, College Visits|0 Comments

Upcoming College Fairs

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-09T22:11:31+00:00 August, 29, 2017|College Admissions, College Research|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-07T02:12:03+00:00 July, 12, 2017|College Fit, College Research|0 Comments

The Value of a Summer Job

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-07T02:14:03+00:00 July, 6, 2017|College Admissions, College Preparation|0 Comments

Parents: Talk to Your Kids Early About Paying for College

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

$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 [...]

By | 2017-05-16T22:25:11+00:00 May, 16, 2017|Financial Aid, Scholarships, Uncategorized|0 Comments