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The (Un)likelihood of a College Athletic Scholarship

By |2019-05-16T21:11:31+00:00May, 14, 2019|Paying for College, Scholarships, Uncategorized|

High school students participate in sports for a variety of reasons: they thrive on the physical challenge, they enjoy the camaraderie of the team, they are motivated by competition, etc.  Whatever your reasons, hopefully the chance of a college athletic scholarship is not high on your list.  The odds of [...]

5 Hacks to Free College Tuition

By |2019-05-07T19:12:54+00:00May, 7, 2019|College Preparation, FAFSA, Financial Aid, Paying for College, Scholarships|

Guest blog post by Dia Kline, former Discovery College Consulting client My "5 Hacks To Free College Tuition" helped me achieve my end game: zero loans, zero debt. Yes, every situation is unique but these hacks will help any student and their family prepare for college and its increasingly absurd [...]

Should High Schools Teach “Adulting?”

By |2019-05-09T16:06:00+00:00April, 24, 2019|College Preparation|

Earlier in the school year, a high school in Kentucky offered an "adulting" seminar to its senior class.  During the seminar, students participated in sessions on a variety of topics, including dorm room cooking, healthy relationships, and personal finance.  In addition to receiving praise from many students and parents, the [...]

Parents: Help Your Kids Deal with Rejection from Colleges

By |2019-03-10T22:05:38+00:00March, 12, 2019|College Admissions, College Applications|

It's mid-March, which means seniors will soon be hearing from colleges about whether they were admitted, if they haven't heard already.  Most colleges require students to enroll and submit a deposit by May 1, and these schools have to notify applicants of their admissions decisions by April 1.  (The fact [...]

Is National Honor Society “Worth It?”

By |2019-03-10T20:41:05+00:00March, 5, 2019|College Admissions, College Applications|

National Honor Society (NHS) was founded in 1921 and, according to the organization's website, it is "much more than an honor roll."  Rather, "NHS is a distinctive multifaceted learning experience that provides a solid and meaningful foundation for life." To be eligible for membership, students must be in grades 10-12 [...]

Why You Should Keep Track of Your Failures

By |2019-03-10T20:40:05+00:00February, 27, 2019|College Applications, College Preparation|

In a recent blog post, I discussed why getting straight A's in college is not necessarily a recipe for a successful career and life.  Citing a New York Times article, I offered many reasons for this, one of which is that students who never get less than an A don't [...]

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 [...]