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How Many Credits Per Semester Should I Take

How Many Credits Should I Take Per Semester?

The work to be accepted to the school of your student's choice has been done.  You and your student have checked off the list by... visiting the school submitting the application  being accepted paying the housing deposit and buying everyone in the family awesome college gear Now, it's time to register for classes, but your new college student may be lost on where to begin. Like most students, they're probably wondering "how many credits should I take a semester?". Here,…

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Test-Optional Applications: Too Good to be True?

There are many factors to consider when applying test-optional. Over the last several years as a counselor, an increasing number of my students are asking if they should apply test-optional. Do they submit an ACT or SAT score for admissions, or do they follow the college's criteria to apply without an ACT/SAT?  Even before the pandemic took hold in March of 2020, many colleges and universities across the country were turning to test-optional admissions incoming freshmen. I believe this was…

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merit-based aid

5 Ways to Maximize Merit-Based Aid

Merit-based aid financial aid (typically scholarships) is financial aid that colleges give to students based on their grades and test scores. Maximizing merit-based financial aid is particularly important for middle-income families who don’t qualify for most of the need-based aid that’s available. Here are five ways to increase your student’s chances of qualifying for more merit-based financial aid. « Learn more about scholarships 1. Get good grades in college prep classes Having good grades (and a good grade point average)…

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