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How to Assess a College’s Value

By |2018-11-13T19:39:08+00:00November, 13, 2018|Careers, College Majors, College Rankings, College Research, paying for college|

As the cost of college climbs higher, more students and parents are approaching the college search with a new focus: Return on Investment (ROI).  Essentially, this is a calculation of the value of a degree from a certain college.  It involves determining the amount of money it will cost a [...]

You Applied Early; Don’t Forget to Apply for Financial Aid!

By |2018-11-13T19:27:09+00:00November, 5, 2018|College Admissions, FAFSA, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

Most colleges' Early Action and Early Decision application deadlines are November 1, which means many high school students (and college consultants) are breathing a big sigh of relief now that this date has passed. Before you relax too much, though, be sure to check the financial aid application deadlines at [...]

Save Money by Self-Reporting Your Test Scores

By |2018-11-13T19:25:42+00:00October, 30, 2018|College Admissions Tests, College Applications|

The costs involved in applying to college can quickly add up: first, there are the application fees, which can range from $50-$90 per college (unless you're applying to one of a small number of schools that don't charge an application fee).  If you're applying to a performing arts program that [...]

Cheating on the SAT: Who’s at Fault?

By |2018-09-17T00:44:09+00:00September, 13, 2018|College Admissions Tests|

In late August, a Florida man whose daughter took the August 25 SAT filed a class-action lawsuit against the College Board, the company that owns the SAT.  As reported in The Washington Post, the lawsuit "alleges that the College Board breached its 'fiduciary duty by recycling old exam questions, including [...]

The Importance of Demonstrated Interest

By |2018-09-17T00:44:52+00:00September, 5, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications, College Preparation|

In talking with students and parents, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is, "What can I/my child to do improve my/my child's chances of admission?"  Sometimes people ask this in regard to a particular college, and other times they ask about getting into college in general. Of [...]

Tuition Insurance? Yep, That’s a Thing

By |2018-09-16T21:38:06+00:00August, 29, 2018|paying for college|

What do the following have in common: cars, homes, health, life, college tuition?  That last one may have thrown you, but if you said insurance is available for all of them, you'd be right.  (And I sort of gave away the answer in the title of this blog post.) Although [...]

The Art of the College Tour

By |2018-07-23T02:38:22+00:00July, 18, 2018|College Research, College Visits|

Written in collaboration with Sandy Furth, World Student Support For students and parents, visiting universities can be a daunting task. However, it does not have to be. With a bit of planning and an understanding of the purpose of a college tour, a campus visit can be a great experience. [...]

Will UChicago’s Decision to Go Test-Optional Start a Trend?

By |2018-07-07T03:09:08+00:00July, 3, 2018|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, College Applications|

On June 14, the University of Chicago made headlines by announcing its decision to become test-optional.  As explained in this blog post, a college that is test-optional does not require its applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores.  According to The National Center for Fair and Open Testing, there are [...]

College Savings Options

By |2018-07-22T22:06:58+00:00June, 27, 2018|College Preparation, Financial Aid|

Guest blog post by Kristi Sullivan, Certified Financial Planner As a financial planner who looks at a family’s whole money picture, I unfortunately have to tell most parents that they can’t even consider saving for college because they are so behind on retirement savings. However, if you are on track [...]

Which Activities Look Best on College Applications?

By |2018-05-16T23:22:14+00:00May, 16, 2018|College Admissions, College Applications, College Preparation|

If you're a high school student or the parent of one, that title probably got your attention.  Students (and parents) frequently ask me this question as they contemplate what they (their child) can get involved in that will help them (their child) stand out on college applications.  The answer, which [...]