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Countdown to college: What about the Class of 2021?

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It seems like all the focus has been on the high school seniors - no prom, no graduation and unsettling news for the fall at colleges. These are all very real concerns and shouldn't be minimized. However, high school juniors - soon to be rising seniors - have a completely different set of challenges.

Juniors lost the better part of their ...Read more

Countdown to college: Great gift ideas to help you say congrats to your grad

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Cash may be still be king when it comes to what high school grads want to see when they open their graduation cards, but if you're interested in igniting a spark of creativity or trying to personalize your gifts, here are some fun suggestions.


Students are constantly connected electronically, so most anything to make that...Read more

Countdown to college: The two biggest mistakes families make in the college admissions process

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For lots of families of high school juniors and sophomores, this whole college admissions process has just kicked into gear. So, this seems like a good time to talk about the typical mistakes students and parents make as they get started.


In my experience, students often underestimate their chances, thinking that ...Read more

Countdown to college: Letters of recommendation, Part 2

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Last week's column covered the basics of letters of recommendation:

Who should you ask for one What should they say that will really make a difference? Where do these letters go? What are the logistics involved in getting them to each of the schools where you'll be applying.

Today we're talking when, why and how: WHEN to ask, WHY letters ...Read more

Countdown to college: Letters of recommendation, Part 2

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Last week's column covered the basics of Letters of Recommendation:

Who do you ask?

What should they say that will really make a difference?

Where do these letter go? What are the logistics involved in getting them to each of the colleges and universities where you'll be applying.

Today we're talking:

Timing, i.e., WHEN to ask? as ...Read more

Countdown to college: Think about which people to ask for letters of recommendation

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I used to insist that students make an appointment with their teachers after school to request a letter of recommendation in person. I used to tell them to read the teacher's body language to make sure they would look at this as an honor and not a chore.

But now, with face-to-face meetings difficult or impossible due to the coronavirus ...Read more

Countdown to college: Is it possible to get off the wait list and get in?

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Have you been wait-listed by one or more of the colleges to which you applied? Here are six important pieces of advice.

1. Don't wait.

Waiting (i.e., doing nothing) is the one thing you shouldn't do if you have any interest in possibly attending any schools where you've been wait-listed. If you haven't responded to your wait-list schools, ...Read more

Countdown to college: Worried about the wait list?

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Decisions have been released, and high school seniors are trying to decide where to (hopefully) unpack next fall. Some students were waiting to visit colleges once they were accepted and now find themselves having to make a decision about where to spend the next four years of their lives without having the opportunity to visit and compare.

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Countdown to college: What to do? A treasure trove of ideas for high school students

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The playing field has been leveled, and indeed all freshmen, sophomores and juniors are in the same boat. What can you do to help when you need to maintain social distancing? How can you make a contribution in this time of need? Can you have an impact locally?

Amy Morgenstern, an independent college counselor in the San Francisco area, has ...Read more

Countdown to college: A new normal for everyone

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Were your spring break plans upended like everyone else's? Are you trying to figure out how to make this "voluntary" lockdown more productive?

The world is off its axis, and we're trying to keep up with the news of coronavirus, but not be overwhelmed or panic-stricken.

I see three distinct and valid reactions:

Fear: For anyone ...Read more

Countdown to college: How the Coronavirus is impacting college campuses

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It does seem to get scarier every day. More cases, more deaths and continued community spread. This has prompted the government, hospitals, companies, organizations and colleges across the U.S. to create contingency plans and keep their audiences informed about what they're doing.

Many colleges and universities are cancelling live classes ...Read more

Countdown to college: More terms from the financial aid glossary

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Last week I began the Financial Aid Glossary with an A-to-C listing. Here's the rest ...

Deferment of a loan: A period of postponement during which the repayment of loan principal is suspended because the borrower meets one or more deferment requirements.

Demonstrated need: The difference between your Expected Family Contribution (see ...Read more

Countdown to college: Financial aid 101

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The first question students ask is: "Will I be accepted at college X?" The first question parents usually ask is" "How can we afford to pay for college X?"

With college tuition prices escalating annually and outpacing the cost-of-living index, discussing what funds are available for college is a conversation every ...Read more