Jen’s Guide to College Admissions Live Course

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Are you approaching high school graduation? Are you beginning to research college options? With all of the education choices available, picking the right college for yourself can appear quite overwhelming. Searching for a perfect match demands extensive research regarding various characteristics of each potential school, as well as a good amount of self-reflection to … Read More

Understanding College Admissions in the COVID-19 Era

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The COVID-19 pandemic is leaving high school students and their families with a lot of uncertainty. The overarching question on everyone’s mind right now is:  What will the recent changes mean for college admissions moving forward?  In response to these questions, My Pathway to College and local colleague, Dori Middlebrook, hosted a webinar about … Read More

Appealing Your Financial Aid Award

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If your first choice college offers everything you want but the price tag is making you cringe, don’t give up hope; consider appealing your financial aid award. While colleges and universities won’t encourage such an appeal, the financial aid officers are empowered to make adjustments, if deemed warranted. To appeal, do the following: Do … Read More

Understanding the Net Price of College

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Families often experience sticker shock when contemplating the cost of college, but it’s the net price, rather than the sticker price, that prospective students need to consider. Each college publishes the COA or Cost of Attendance at that institution. The COA includes room, board, tuition and fees, along with an estimate for books, personal … Read More

Merit Scholarships Make Private Colleges More Affordable

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  In an effort to avoid losing students to lower-cost public schools, private colleges have been increasing merit-based aid in recent years, with a majority of private colleges awarding scholarships or grants based on merit. In 2018, the average institutional tuition discount rate reached a record high of nearly 50 percent among private colleges, … Read More

Financial Matters: Early Decision/ Early Action and Financial Aid

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Early Decision is a binding admissions decision plan. In exchange for receiving an earlier admissions decision, students applying ED agree that, if they’re admitted, they’ll attend that college and withdraw all of their other college applications. Typically, Early Decision plans have deadlines in early November. Since ED is a binding agreement, students who’ve carefully … Read More

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