How to Maximize College Aid, even if Your Family Isn’t Low Income

Everyone knows that college tuition prices are not inexpensive, and they just continue to rise from year to year. That means just about every family will need assistance if they want to send their kids for more education. Here’s a quick checklist for maximizing college aid, even if your family is well above the poverty […]

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Making Good Use of the Summer Before You Start College

Are you getting ready to graduate high school in the next month or two? If you are planning to enter the ranks of college students next fall, what should you be doing with your last summer? Here are three ways to make good use of the summer before college to prepare you for your experience. […]

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How Important Are SAT Scores When It Comes to College Admissions?

We often get asked just how important SAT scores are when it comes to college admissions (or ACT scores depending on the school). The answer depends on several different factors: The school – Some colleges care more than others. If the average SAT score of students accepted at a school is 1500, you might struggle […]

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Lessons to Learn from the College Admissions Scandal

Whether you were shocked or not to learn that corruption dictates how some of the elite attend the top schools in the nation, there are a few things that your family can take away from the whole ordeal. Here are a few lessons to learn from the college admissions scandal. Your family should define what […]

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How Upper Middle Class Families Can Fund College

There are some families in the US that can afford to pay for college for their children. Then there are those who get plenty of help from the government due to having a need. But what if your family is somewhere in between? You make more than the middle class, but not enough to fully […]

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Why College Rankings Shouldn’t Be the Most Important Decider for You

When it comes time to choose which colleges you are going to apply to, it can be tempting to find a college ranking site and let the numbers decide for you. However, this is too big of a decision to let some unseen committee determine it for you. Here are some things you should be […]

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Tips for Maximizing Need-Based Financial Aid for College

Financial aid plays a key role in bankrolling college for just about every student. Why is need-based financial aid so important and how can you acquire the maximum amount? Here are a few tips: Don’t presume on merit-based scholarships – Very few people receive a full-ride scholarship. Don’t shy away from applying for merit-based scholarships, […]

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Tips for De-Stressing the College Admissions Process

Applying for college can be one of the most stressful times in a young person’s life. How can you cut down on the stress and enjoy what should be one of the most exciting times for a young man or woman? Here are a few tips: Don’t wait until the last minute – Much of […]

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Why It Is So Difficult to Get into the Top Universities

It is no secret that most applications are rejected by the top universities in the country. But you may be surprised by just how exclusive some of these schools are. US News reported on the topic and gave some shocking statistics. For example, The 53 most exclusive schools in the nation accepted fewer than 1 […]

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Direct Student Loans You Should Know About

While parents often try to help their children to be able to fund a college education and there are numerous grants and scholarships available, most students still find themselves needing to fund some of their tuition and other expenses with direct student loans. Here is a brief comparison of four types of loans to help […]

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