Knowledge Bound: The RSC Blog

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Posted on May 12, 2014 - 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

Posted on May 05, 2014 - 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 of ma... More

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

Do you want to take advantage of every opportunity that comes up your way? Do you want to avoid being left behind?   The problem with opportunities is that you often have to make them happen. They don’t just knock on your door and say “Here I am!” You have to know the right time to strike.   That means not waiting, and the idea of starting college prep your junior year of high school is definitely waiting too long. To get the most from the opportunities available to you, start now.   The Advantages of Early College Prep   Colleges look at all ... More

Posted on Mar 03, 2014 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

It’s not uncommon for parents to feel a little left out of their student’s education when they get to high school, but believe it or not, you have a big role to play in helping them stay motivated, get ready for college and get a better education.   5 Parent Steps to College Prep   Create a study area. It’s one thing to tell your student to go study; it’s another to find a way for them to do it. Instead of just flopping on the bed, your student should have a study area that makes their study time productive. An area that is used almost exclusively fo... More

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 - 09:00 AM | Applying to College

A students stares at a list of colleges and wonders how he can impress each one. While colleges generally look at the same requirements (strength of high-school classes, grades, SAT scores, etc.), they don’t all view them the same way.   So how can you make sure you’re a good fit for the colleges on your list?   How to Put Together a College Resume   Don’t rely on high-school graduation requirements. They’re designed to help you graduate high school, not necessarily get you into the colleges you want. Find out the admissions requirements as th... More

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 - 09:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

There’s no denying that wealth provides many advantages in life, among them a better education. Consider these statistics:   The average SAT score for a student from an upper-income family is 1715. From a low-income family? 1310 70% of families earning less than $28,000 were not aware of Pell Grants (not to mention lesser-known forms of need-based financial aid). 82% of upper-income students earn a bachelor’s degree. Low-income students? 8%   Students from families that are better off are ten time more likely to graduate, have SAT scores 125% hi... More




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