Knowledge Bound: The RSC Blog

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Posted on Mar 26, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

Parents are often frustrated with their student’s efforts to prepare for college, but it turns out that students are often frustrated that their parents are not more involved in their education.                                                  Parents want their student to prepare for life after high school, although they don’t know how to hel... More

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Admissions | Comments (0)

This is the Good News/Bad News blog, in which we go over how to respond to the good news of an Acceptance Letter and the bad news of a Rejection Letter. Let’s start with the good news.   Responding to an Acceptance Letter   Reply in writing the same way they contacted you – either letter or email. Let them know that you’re happy to be admitted and will let them know your decision soon. Review every financial aid offer and send deposits to the school of your choice. Withdraw all other applications from colleges you... More

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Admissions | Comments (0)

Although “student swirl” sounds like a poorly named dessert, it’s actually a trendy word in college admissions. It describes how more and more students are viewing the college experience.   What is the Student Swirl?   Student swirl means that students no-longer see education as a 4-year process. They see nothing wrong with getting a bachelor’s degree in five or six years. They research plenty of college before applying, but don’t really narrow their list. To them, college is fluid, and transferring colleges, switching majors and taking online classe... More

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Financial Aid | Comments (0)

Parents want to help their students anyway they can when it comes to financial aid, but they want to make sure they don’t hurt themselves in the process. We hear horror stories about parents bankrupting themselves to pay for their student’s college education, dipping into their retirement savings, taking out second mortgages and more. Below are five practical steps parents can take to improve their student’s financial aid picture, followed by long-term steps to consider. FAFSA and Other Financial Aid Forms File the FAFSA early. You can file the form star... More

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Selecting a College | Comments (0)

Starting tomorrow, 68 NCAAA men’s basketball teams will compete for a coveted title – champion. Starting Saturday, 64 women’s teams will compete for the same title. It’s a one-loss elimination tournament that dominates office pools and water cooler conversations everywhere.   It’s March Madness. For some schools in the tournament – both big programs and Cinderella stories, it’s a recruiting tool. Students want to go to a college that’s a winner.   But is it really the best way to pick a college? Not unless you play for the team. ... More

Posted on Mar 09, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Applying to College | Comments (0)

You spent $2000 on an SAT prep course and your scored jumped 250 points. You’re excited. Colleges will love this! Then you find out test scores aren’t the first thing college admissions officers look at. At best, they’re third.   Did you just waste your money?   Well, no, if all you wanted were better board scores, but if you wanted the full college prep experience – to be the sort of student colleges notice right away – then you certainly didn’t get the most bang for your buck.   Top Factors in College Admissions   High Sch... More




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