Knowledge Bound: The RSC Blog

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Posted on Jan 20, 2014 - 09:15 AM | Financial Aid | Comments (0)

When students ask an adviser, “How do I get financial aid?” they typically get the response, “Fill out the FAFSA."   The FAFSA (or Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an essential step in getting financial aid, but it’s a step near the end of your journey. You’ll get a lot better financial aid if you start planning early, long before the middle of your senior year.   Planning for Good Financial Aid   Planning for college doesn’t just mean putting money in a 529 Plan, Individual Development Account or other savings plan &nda... More

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 - 09:05 AM | Financial Aid | Comments (0)

When students hear they’ve won a scholarship, they’re excited. Someone has recognized a special talent or ability of theirs and is making an expensive college just a little bit more affordable. They think the scholarship will add to any financial aid they get.   Most of the time, they never find out the truth.   Many colleges actually deduct the scholarship you receive from your total financial aid package, meaning you’re no better off now than you were before you received the scholarship. The college simply awarded some of the need-based aid it planned to give ... More

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 - 01:00 PM | News | Comments (0)

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Posted on Jan 08, 2014 - 10:10 AM | Career Prep | Comments (0)

The ancient Greeks had a great view of education – it was worth the trouble.   Socrates said, “All learning is accompanied by pain.” His contemporary, Sophocles said, “Success is the reward of toil.”   Two generations later, Aristotle added, “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.”   In other words, getting a good education is not supposed to be easy. It wasn’t easy then, and it’s not easy now. Today’s student faces different challenges, of course: rapidly rising tuition, high-interest student ... More

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 - 10:20 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

Maura Kastberg, RSC’s Executive Director of Student Services, takes time to answer questions our counselors receive all the time. Maura has been helping students prepare for college and career for 15 years.   Q:  What’s a good age to start college prep? A:  The ideal age to start college prep is 8th grade. Approximately midway through 8th grade, students select their 9th grade classes. Many colleges require 4 years of science or math, so selecting the proper classes before high school begins is important. Not taking the right classes means missed opportunities. ... More

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 - 11:05 AM | Applying to College | Comments (0)

If you haven’t filed your college application by now, you’re really under the gun. Many colleges have a deadline of this Friday, December 30. End of the year; end of the line. A few will have January deadlines, but after that, you’re officially late.   Is there any way you can possibly fill out 6 or 7 applications with less than a week to go?   Yes, if you use a little ingenuity and apply some of that elbow grease you’ve been putting off.   How to Copy the Common Application   Did you know you can make copies of your Common Application form? ... More




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