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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
 
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Posted on Mar 16, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Financial Aid | Comments (0)

A student opens his financial aid package from his first choice college excited yet nervous to see what they’ve offered. His smile disappears. I won’t be going to that school, he thinks, unless they offer me more money.   Somehow, his first choice became his last choice, unless he can answer this question, “How can I get a college to give me more money?”   Appeal for More Financial Aid   First, understand that not every college considers it a negotiation. Some call it an appeal, because that’s essentially what you’re doing – appeal... More
 
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Posted on Mar 14, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

It’s been said that life is a series of limiting options. Eventually you reach a point in life where you know you’re not going to be an Olympic athlete, an astronaut, or the president. You also realize that maybe you won’t be a doctor, lawyer, plumber, mechanic, etc. You’ll make choices that erase certain career options from your future.   But education keeps your options open for a much longer period of time.   How College Prep Provides Options   Let’s consider four scenarios.   No math classes. If you don’t take four years... More
 
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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
 
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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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Posted on Mar 07, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

Sometimes the most difficult thing for a parent to do when their student reaches their teen years is to figure out how they can help them. And sometimes the most difficult thing for a student to do is admit they need help.   But college prep is a difficult process and sometimes student and parents both need a little guidance.   How ParentsAffectCollege Prep   ·        Higher grades. A study by the Harvard Family Research Project showed that students of parents who are actively involved in their education have a grade point average ... More
 
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