TuitionFit: Shedding Light on Financial Aid Awards

Guest blog post by Jay Murray, Certified College Planning Specialist One of the most perplexing parts of the college planning process is price transparency.  What will a college’s actual net price be after merit aid and financial aid awards?  What will a family actually pay for a student to attend [...]

NYC Colleges: Something for Everyone

Perhaps you’ve decided going to college in New York City would be a perfect fit. Between the bright lights of Broadway, hundreds of museums and galleries, every type of cuisine imaginable, and shopping that can’t be beat, NYC has so much to offer. The Big Apple is indeed an exhilarating [...]

Summer Programs: Should You Pay to Play?

If you're a high school student, chances are you've received at least one letter or email inviting you to apply to a summer program on a college campus, also known as a pre-college program.  You may have gotten the impression that you were among a select group of students to [...]

By |2022-03-11T21:58:16+00:00March, 2, 2022|College Admissions, College Preparation|0 Comments

U.S. News College Rankings: Methodology or Mythology?

When I was taking classes at UC Irvine to earn my Independent Educational Consultant certificate, my classmates and I held many differing opinions. However, there was one thing we all seemed to agree on: a strong dislike for the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Begun in the [...]

By |2022-01-04T21:09:49+00:00January, 11, 2022|College Rankings, College Research|0 Comments

Is Early Decision Binding? Maybe Not

As students decide what colleges to apply to, they often wonder whether to apply anywhere Early Decision (ED).  ED deadlines are typically in early November, and admissions decisions are usually released in mid- to late-December.  Unlike Early Action, Early Decision involves a binding commitment, meaning that if a student is [...]

Colleges Address COVID-19 Surges

Earlier this month, the highly contagious omicron variant of COVID-19 led to huge increases in cases on some college campuses.  In response, a few colleges moved finals online and encouraged students to leave campus as soon as possible.  Now, as schools prepare to resume classes in January and COVID cases [...]

By |2022-01-07T00:24:33+00:00December, 29, 2021|College and COVID-19|0 Comments

A Top-Ranking College’s President Critiques the U.S. News Rankings

For years, I have told anyone who will listen not to rely too heavily on the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, as they are deeply flawed and don't necessarily capture the quality of education a particular school provides.  I know many college consultants who feel the same way.  [...]

By |2022-01-04T21:11:08+00:00November, 16, 2021|College Rankings, College Research|0 Comments

Should You Submit Your Test Scores?

With the majority of colleges continuing to be test-optional this year, many students are wondering whether or not to submit their scores.  When advising students on this, I look at specific colleges' data.  Colleges typically publish the middle 50% of scores for either admitted or enrolled students, meaning that 50% [...]

Mythbusters: College Edition

High school students share information at school and online. Parents swap stories in the carpool lane and during backyard bar-b-ques. But when it comes to college admissions, can you believe everything you hear? During a recent webinar, admissions officers from seven different colleges addressed and corrected some common misconceptions. 1. [...]

Tuition-Free College? It’s Possible

In a previous blog post, I explained that some colleges charge different amounts of tuition based on students' majors. But what if you could attend college without paying tuition at all? Large and small schools across the nation have a variety of programs (not loans) that allow students to do [...]

By |2021-11-03T21:32:27+00:00September, 8, 2021|Financial Aid, Paying for College, Scholarships|0 Comments
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