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5 Reasons Not to Have a “Top” or “Dream” School on Your College List

It happens to almost every family. They know they need to begin the college search process and, whether almost instantly or further along in the journey, the “top,” “target,” “dream” school emerges. The college or university that all the others are compared to, and the one that becomes the student’s focal point for where they hope to gain admission. It’s completely natural, too, for the “top school” mindset to take over. It’s simpler and more exciting to focus on one…

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2023-2024 FAFSA application is approaching. Are you Ready?

The 2022 Fall semester has just begun. Financial Aid Offices around the country have been busy reviewing students' Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and creating financial aid awards that students (and parents) have happily accepted. Parents have settled any outstanding balance they owe with their school's Bursar's Office. Students are back on campus, decorating their rooms, catching up with friends, and enjoying their college experience. All seems well until they realize the 2023-2024 FAFSA application is steadily approaching.…

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For student loans, borrow responsibly !

The 2022-2023 academic year is steadily approaching. Mailboxes or emails overflow with aid notification letters of students' financial aid packages from each school listed on their Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). These letters indicate how much financial aid a student is eligible to receive. Part of the financial aid package includes student loans. Loan amounts vary based on your classification (ex. Freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior) and your dependency status (ex. Dependent or independent). Student loans are part…

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Why Attend A Community College Before A Four-Year University?

Some people never think of attending a community college, but just figure they must attend a four-year university if they wish to obtain a degree. That isn’t the case and there are many reasons that attending a community college might be the right choice for many people. WHY THEY WERE DEVELOPED According to College Board, community colleges are in existence for two main reasons: (1) to serve as a bridge from high school to college by providing courses for transfer…

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Winning the Waiting Game – 5 action steps to take now

Tedious college applications, thoughtful essays, glowing recommendations, intense interviews, OH MY! The whole college process can bring about stress and anxiety for students and their families. Some try to speed up the process with early admissions, which has become all the more accessible AND competitive due to the expansion of test optional admissions. The frenzy of fall senior year is waning for those seniors who applied to early admissions deadlines but the waiting game between November 1st and January 1…

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Why Go to College When You’re Older – My Story

What a silly question that is, you might say. Here’s my story and it has a happy ending. WHY GO? I went to college for the first time when I was about 40. I had just gotten divorced and felt the need to expand my horizons and my education. I got married right out of high school, and although I took college classes, I knew I wasn’t going to attend college. After 40, I knew if I wanted to jump…

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Benefits of Federal Student Loans

The goal for every parent of students seeking higher education is to have their child graduate debt-free. The unfortunate reality of life is that college is not free. Therefore, many students will graduate with some debt burden. The amounts they carry will vary based on the institution they attend, the type of degree obtained, and how much student loans they borrow. If parents are not fiscally sound and prepared to cover their student's tuition expenses through 529 Savings Plans, home…

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3 Ways to Assist Your Student With College Applications

Resist the temptation As a high school counselor, I often ask students to log into their Common Application account or college specific application portal. This is usually because they have a question or need clarification on an item.  It is commonplace for students to tell me that they do not know their login information or that their parents completed the application on their behalf.  In that awkward moment, the student may feel inadequate or ashamed, and their confidence has been…

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are outside scholarships worth it

Are Outside Scholarships Worth It?

The following headline was featured in the February 9, 2018 edition of Forbes: “How This Savvy Student Won More Than $700,000 In Scholarships!” While this sounds like quite the accomplishment, if you read the article in its entirety you’ll notice 2 major catches: It required the student to apply to more than 140 scholarships just to win six awards The student couldn't accept more than half of the $700,000 total because it included scholarships from schools he chose not to…

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How To Get An Internship In College

How To Get An Internship In College

Why does it matter that one tries for an internship in college? There are many reasons, but the main one, according to John P. Fahey Career Center at Creighton University in Nebraska is that “it can plug students into a professional network and help them develop industry contacts for when they begin a job search.” The ‘how’ to get this accomplished comes next. Are there right and possible wrong ways of going about this task? And where does one begin?…

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