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Internships Aren’t Just for College Students

By |2019-01-13T22:49:52+00:00January, 15, 2019|Careers, College Majors, College Preparation|

In today's job market, experience almost always gives you an edge.  This is especially true for college students and recent college graduates who are looking for their first job.  One of the best ways to get relevant experience is through an internship, and colleges are doing more and more to [...]

Colleges Offer Financial Aid for Gap Years

By |2019-01-14T01:17:27+00:00January, 10, 2019|College Preparation, Financial Aid|

About a year ago, I wrote a blog post called "Should You Take a Gap Year?" which explained what a gap year is and answered some common questions about gap years.  One of these questions was, "How much does a gap year cost?" While the price can vary depending on what [...]

Straight A’s Don’t Necessarily Lead to a Successful Life

By |2019-01-14T01:14:43+00:00January, 2, 2019|Careers|

Would you believe me if I told you that the most successful people don't get straight A's in college?  Probably not.  In fact, you might look at me like I had three heads.  But I'd be telling the truth. In a recent New York Times column, Dr. Adam Grant, a [...]

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. [...]