Writing Great College Essays

Start early. The more time you have, the less stress you’ll feel. Even if your college list isn’t 100% finalized yet, it’s not too early to start thinking about your application essays. Your essays are important, but essays are only a piece of what admission officers will consider. Do the best job possible with … Read More

Legal and Financial Issues Before College

If your child has turned or will turn 18 before college begins, she is legally an adult, and you, her parent, lose the legal authority to make decisions on her behalf. That means that you have no legal right to see her grades, manage her finances (although you remain responsible for paying her college … Read More

Paying Your College Bill

A few months before your child starts college, you’ll receive a bill from the college for your child’s first semester (or quarter) of expenses. The college will deduct any financial aid or scholarships, and the bill will show the amount you – the parent – will need to pay before school starts. If you … Read More

Making the Most of Your Summer

Perhaps you’re not one of those super- organized, type-A people who firmed up their summer plans in January. And, right about now you’re finding yourself with more than a little free time this summer. Don’t worry, you’re not alone, and the best news is that there are still some good options out there. What’s … Read More

Appealing For More Financial Aid

If your first choice college offers everything you want but the price tag is making you waiver, don’t give up hope. Instead, consider appealing to the college’s financial aid office for more money. While colleges and universities won’t encourage it, you are within bounds. Individual financial aid officers are empowered to make adjustments if … Read More

How Parents Can Help Seniors Handle Rejection

Parents just want to help. The natural reaction when you see your child suffering is to try and make it better. Denials are inevitable in an atmosphere of increasingly selective admissions, so how can parents help ease the pain of college rejection? The first step is to accept that it’s complicated. It’s complicated by … Read More

SAT or ACT? Which is Right for You?

A year ago, the SAT was revamped, and now students wonder, should they take the new SAT or the ACT? Keep in mind that a 1600 on the new SAT is the same as a 36 on the ACT. While experts say that the new SAT is more straightforward and now more similar to … Read More

Need Accommodations for the SAT or ACT?

Recently, both the College Board and the ACT announced big changes to their test accommodations policy. Unlike the past, when students seeking accommodations had to pass through a number of hoops, the process has been significantly streamlined for those needing language support or extended time for testing. Beginning January 1, 2017, the College Board … Read More

Avoiding the Dreaded Disease: Senioritis!

American seniors sometimes think that because they have worked so hard throughout high school, they have earned the right to slack off senior year, especially in the last few months. By now, mid-year grades are on their way to colleges and students may have already been accepted at their favorite school. Why not kick … Read More

Using PSAT Results in Planning Testing Strategy

Each year, tens of thousands of students take the PSAT exam at high schools across the United States. The PSAT is not used by colleges in the admissions process, but the results can help you better understand your academic strengths and weaknesses and suggest the skills you should focus on in preparing for college … Read More

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