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Countdown to college: Finding the money

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While I typically focus on the ins and outs related to college admissions, there is always the underlying question of how to pay for this fabulous college education. I don’t normally recommend books or programs to assist in the college admissions process, however, I have always felt that all families can benefit from guidance related to ...Read more

Countdown to College: What not to do in your application

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Nov. 1, an important college application deadline, is almost upon us. And the stress in many homes with high school seniors is almost palpable.

Here are some tips to make the last part of the application process run a little more smoothly:

Don’t procrastinate. Nov. 1 is the most common deadline for colleges and universities that offer ...Read more

Countdown to college: Should you bother to fill out the FAFSA?

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Fill out the FAFSA? In a word. Yes.

To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work study, and loans, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and easier than ever, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or ...Read more

Countdown to college: Topics you should seriously consider avoiding in your essays

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Lots of high school seniors currently find themselves facing an empty computer screen wondering just how to write an application essay that is memorable. Many fail. That’s because they are writing either what they think a college admissions representative wants to read or they don’t understand the objective of the essay.

Common cliché ...Read more

Countdown to college: Is it worth sweating over the college essay?

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Just how important is the college essay, anyway?

According to recent surveys conducted by the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the essay was given “considerable importance” or “moderate importance” by over 50% of colleges surveyed. Essays will never carry the weight of rigor of coursework and grades, but ...Read more

Countdown to college: A senior's fall to-do list

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The to-do list for high school seniors seems to be growing longer each day. When they’re not doing homework, participating in their extracurricular activities, hanging with friends, sleeping, eating or texting, here’s what they’re thinking about: their college list, testing, upcoming campus visits, college applications, the Common ...Read more

Countdown to college: What are colleges looking for in essays?

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It is no longer uncommon for colleges to receive 30,000-50,000 applications a year. In fact, the University of California, Los Angeles, received more than 111,000 applications in 2020. UCLA has four required essays, so admissions officials there are looking at reading more than 400,000 essays. Yikes. How do students set themselves apart with ...Read more

Countdown to college: Don't be a snowplow parent

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Drop-off stories have changed. It used to be that parents would drive their children to college, unload the car, make the bed and have a tearful goodbye. I’ve heard stories about how the drop-offs are going for some families these days, and I’m shocked and concerned for the parents and the children.

Here’s an example:

A neighbor’s ...Read more

Countdown to college: The basics of early applications

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Ready or not, the college application season has begun. Early or not is the question.

I know I’m not the only one who feels the college application process seems to be creeping up earlier each year. There used to be a uniformity among colleges and their deadlines. For the most part, applications were due in January of the senior year and ...Read more

Countdown to college: Navigating the admissions process during COVID-19

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This is one column I really didn’t want to write.

I had hoped, like the rest of the world, that as high schools and colleges started this fall, there would be a welcome sense of “normalcy.” But as the delta variant rages and masks are making an unfortunate resurgence, things seem eerily similar to last year at this time. So, let’s ...Read more

Countdown to college: Plan now, feel better later

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You can still qualify for the honor of being called an “early bird” as long as you complete at least one college application before school starts.

Teenagers may be prone to romanticizing about the last remaining lazy days of summer and getting anxious about the stress once they return to school. My recommendation to a parent is to be the �...Read more

Countdown to college: Last-minute advice for soon-to-be college freshmen

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The countdown to your first day as a college freshman has officially begun. There are advice articles galore with lists of what to pack and what not to pack. It’s almost as overwhelming as the college admissions process.

Here are a few important mantras that I like to share.

1. You are going to college in the United States and there will...Read more



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