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Posted on Aug 30, 2012 - 06:00 AM | SAT Prep | Comments (0)

Why preparing for the October SAT now is cutting it close.   The next SAT is October 6th. Are you ready for it?   The fall SAT is primarily taken by two groups: seniors who aren’t happy with their junior SAT scores and ambitious juniors who want to get in a “practice” test before taking the spring SAT. Students in both groups have good reason to start practicing for the SAT (or October 27 ACT) right now.   ·        Seniors: This may be your last chance to get the score you want. It just doesn’t make sense to... More
 
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Posted on Aug 27, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Tuition | Comments (0)

This is the sixth in a series of articles examining the impact the high cost of college and the student loan crisis are having on families. RSC Your College Prep Expert is dedicated to making college affordable to all families. See how we do it here.   If a low-income family focuses exclusively on need-based aid from the government, are they making a bad financial aid decision?   If a middle- or upper-income family focuses exclusively on merit-based aid like scholarships, are they making a bad financial aid decision?   The answer is “Yes” to both those question... More
 
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Posted on Aug 23, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

College prep can be affordable. It can even bring down the cost of college.   Why does college prep have to be so expensive?   The answer is, it doesn’t, and yet just a few weeks at some college prep companies can cost you as much as an entire semester at a community college. Why is that?   There’s no easy answer, but there are two leading possibilities   ·        College prep follows the college model – the more a college costs, the more prestigious it appears. Many of the best-known names in college prep ... More
 
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Posted on Aug 20, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Guidance Counselors | Comments (0)

This is the fifth in a series of articles examining the impact the high cost of college and the student loan crisis are having on families. RSC Your College Prep & Financial Aid Expert is dedicated to making college affordable to all families.   Calvin was a good student in a very bad situation. His father died when Calvin was just 15. Fortunately, the private school where his mother worked as a custodian made Calvin a tremendous offer: a full scholarship to their hallowed halls. Calvin and his mother graciously accepted this tremendous opportunity.   As expected, Calvin... More
 
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Posted on Aug 16, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Applying to College | Comments (0)

Develop a Plan to ImpressCollege Admissions Officers in Just a Few Easy Steps   “Unhooked.” It’s an unfortunate term in college admissions. It means a student is academically qualified to attend a college but lacks a special hook to get them in. They lack something that makes them different than all the other academically qualified individuals.   The question every college applicant has to ask themselves is “What sets me apart?”   What Is a College Hook?   Colleges often get inundated with a certain type of application, one from too man... More
 
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Posted on Aug 13, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

This is the fourth in a series of articles examining the impact the high cost of college and the student loan crisis are having on families. RSC Your College Prep Expert is dedicated to making college affordable to all families. See how we do it here.     Matt was a student with big ambitions. When he joined the RSC program as a freshman in high school, he was asked, “What do you want to do for a living?” and he immediately said, “Build a rocket and fly it to the moon!”   He was then asked, “What do you want to do more: fly it or build it?&rdqu... More
 
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