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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Should Computer Coding Be Considered a Foreign Language?

By |2018-03-16T23:31:03+00:00February, 1, 2018|College Admissions, College Preparation|

In his State of the State address in January, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper discussed the need to incorporate more skill-based training into the state's education system to prepare students for 21st century jobs.  To that end, he proposed that high schools should offer computer coding as an option to meet [...]

Should You Take a Gap Year?

By |2018-03-15T15:23:00+00:00January, 10, 2018|College Admissions, College Preparation|

With January 1 behind us, most seniors have finished submitting their college applications.  Now, some of them are turning their attention to the prospect of taking a gap year, an option that has long been popular in other countries but is becoming increasingly common in the U.S.  Younger students may [...]

New Year’s Resolutions to Increase Your College Prospects

By |2018-03-15T15:16:28+00:00January, 4, 2018|College Admissions, College Preparation|

Many people have a tradition of making New Year's resolutions.  Common resolutions include exercising more, eating healthier, and being more financially responsible.  If you're a high school student with a goal of attending college, the following resolutions could increase your chances of being admitted to your dream school: Get better [...]

Pro-Active Parents Reap Rewards

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]