Making the Most of Virtual Tours
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One of the many rites of passage for college-bound high school students is the college tour. Although the COVID pandemic has brought most options for on-campus tours to a grinding halt, this should not prevent... Read More

How Will Colleges Make Decisions This Year?
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There have been so many challenges and disruptions to our everyday lives since the COVID pandemic started its deadly march across the world. This article addresses the special circumstances for students who are engaged in... Read More

The FAFSA
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The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the primary form used by colleges to determine eligibility for need-based aid. In some cases, colleges will not consider an applicant for merit aid unless that... Read More

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... Read More

How Will Your College Essay Standout?
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  The fall is a busy time of year for college admissions representatives. They spend a lot of it on the road visiting schools and presenting at college fairs. Their days are spent rushing between... Read More

Paying Your Child’s College Bill
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  A few months before your child starts college, you’ll receive a bill from the college for your child’s first semester (or quarter) expenses. The college will deduct any financial aid or scholarships, and the... 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... 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... Read More

Cutting the Cost of College
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As financial aid packages begin to arrive, families are faced with just how much college will cost. At many schools, self-help is up and gift aid is down. That means that colleges are offering less... Read More

March Madness
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March Madness, the annual men’s NCAA basketball tournament, tipped-off this week with an estimated 70 million brackets filled out. Over the next few weeks, about four billion dollars in workplace productivity will be lost. Madness,... Read More

Financial Matters: Free Money vs Loans
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If you’re the parent of a high school senior and you’re thinking about how to pay for college without going broke, it’s a whole new, expensive world. In this world there are just two kinds... Read More

Financial Matters: College Loans
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As we have often said, paying for college is a significant challenge for many families. Once all types of grants, scholarships, work study options, jobs and family contributions are cumulatively considered, many families find they... Read More

Maximizing Merit Aid
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Although many middle-class and upper income families will not qualify for need based aid, they still may find the cost of attendance at most private colleges intimidating. Have you ever wondered what you can do... Read More

The CSS Profile
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The bulk of college financial aid money comes from the federal government; this aid is distributed by colleges using information supplied by families when they complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), available... Read More

Filing the FAFSA
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The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the primary form used by colleges to determine eligibility for need-based aid. In some cases, colleges will not consider an applicant for merit aid unless that... Read More

Financial Matters: Talk To Your Kids About Money
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Before students leave for college, families need to have a conversation about reasonable spending expectations. Parents need to be aware of the costs of books, clubs, activities and midnight pizza runs. But students shouldn’t assume... Read More

Wallowing on the Waitlist
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Uh-oh. Your eagerly-awaited decision letter from Dream University finally arrives and you learn that you’ve been offered not the hoped-for place in the class, but a spot on their waitlist. What should you do now?... Read More

Some of the Most Generous Colleges
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Now that the heavy-lifting is done on college applications and the students have had a bit of a break from sharing their innermost thoughts in college essays, it’s time to gear up and start searching... Read More

Financial Matters: Trends in Student Loans
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You’ve probably seen the headlines suggesting that debt for college students is out of control and getting worse. But, is it really? New data from the research arm of the College Board provide some answers.... Read More

Applying Early Decision
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Traditionally, college application deadlines were often in January. More recently, however, there has been a push for earlier applications, with admission programs that include Early Action, Early Action II, Early Decision I, Early Decision II... Read More

Writing Great College Essays
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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... Read More

Paying Your College Bill
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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... Read More

Making the Most of Your Summer
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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... Read More

Appealing For More Financial Aid
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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... Read More

Need Accommodations for the SAT or ACT?
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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... Read More

Avoiding the Dreaded Disease: Senioritis!
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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... Read More

Financial Matters: Time for an FSA ID!
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October 1st marks the opening of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid website for students applying for aid for the 2017-18 academic year. Although many colleges have much later deadlines for submitting the FAFSA,... Read More

Completing Your CSS Profile
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The bulk of college financial aid money comes from the federal government; this aid is distributed by colleges using information supplied by families when they complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) available... Read More

Helping Your Child Select a College
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  It’s that time of year and students all over the country are anxiously awaiting the decision of their college applications. Some will decide to stay close to home, while others will step away from... Read More

Determining “The Best Fit” College
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All of our students at My Pathway to College come to us for help not only getting into college, but finding the best-fit college. There are over 7,000 colleges to choose from, and every student has... Read More

Rising Seniors Monthly To-Do List
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Over the years, My Pathway to College has experienced that rising seniors who began writing application essays during the summer did much better at getting accepted to their first choice schools. We believe this was... Read More

Class of 2015: Fire and Ice Party
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Getting accepted into college is a huge milestone, as we all know. For the entire duration of high school, our students are not only learning new subjects, but discovering and exploring their interests both inside... Read More

Tips for Having a Productive Summer
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High schoolers: summer is here! The next few months are filled with trips, hanging out with friends, catching up on sleep—maybe even working your first internship. For many of us, the summer is also a... Read More