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College Courses Future Employers Will Love

Apr 9, 2021 9:47:56 AM

For new grads, employment hinges on just a few variables. What type of work experience do you have and what have you learned on the job? What interests you and why are you approaching the employer about the opportunity? And then, the great divider for entry level applicants: how did you perform academically?

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Topics: College Internships, Post-Graduate Employment

How to Appeal Your Financial Aid Award

Mar 25, 2021 9:47:10 AM

The good news is in! Your child received his or her acceptance letter(s).  Next, what you were waiting for - the college financial aid award letter. Lots of parents are surprised to see what the school offered and sometimes were expecting to contribute less to tuition costs than indicated on the financial aid award letter. If you fall under this category, and have had a significant change in income status due to the pandemic or other contributing factors, you don’t have to just accept the award as it. The award letter is just an offer. You can accept, decline, or appeal any part of the financial aid award.

 

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Financial Aid Award Letters

Scholarship Searches - Do's & Don'ts

Mar 4, 2021 2:00:00 PM

 

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Topics: Scholarships, College Financial Aid, College Planning, Parents and College Planning

Work-Study: What It Is and Isn't

Feb 24, 2021 11:41:42 AM

 

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Topics: College Financial Aid, College Planning, Parents and College Planning, FAFSA

Filing the FAFSA - It's really not that hard

Jan 20, 2021 3:25:40 PM

 

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Topics: College Financial Aid, College Planning, Parents and College Planning, FAFSA

Being Your Own Boss and the Importance of Self-Discipline in College

Jan 7, 2021 1:54:04 PM

Gone are the days when your parents told you when it was time to wake up, do your homework, clean your room, or do your laundry. College is the time when you are transitioning from being a teenager to a real adult (liberating and scary, I know)!

In order to be successful, self discipline is essential. When you don't have anyone telling you what to do, it can be very difficult to turn down a sporting event or party so you can write a paper or study. But without self-discipline, you could find yourself falling behind on your school work which can be difficult to recover from.

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Topics: Borrowing for College

Filing FAFSA when divorced or having special circumstances

Nov 25, 2020 10:30:00 AM

Understanding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may seem like a challenge at first. Once you add the complexity of a special circumstance or  divorce, completing the FAFSA may feel like a down right headache.

Although your situation may seem like receiving financial aid is impossible, don't let it stop you from putting your best foot forward. You are not the only person experiencing this state of affairs and most likely you won't be the last. Here are a  few examples of special circumstances and how to handle them when completing the FAFSA.  

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Topics: College Financial Aid

7 Steps on How to Apply for Financial Aid for College

Oct 29, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Follow this simple step-by-step process to make sure you qualify for as much college financial aid as possible.

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Topics: College Financial Aid

How to Prepare for FAFSA Completion

Oct 15, 2020 1:15:00 PM

FAFSA season is here, and getting an early start is the best plan of action.

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Topics: College Financial Aid, College Planning, Parents and College Planning, FAFSA

Common Application Tips & Reminders

Sep 28, 2020 10:30:00 AM

Don’t let the thought of completing your college applications stress you out. Think about it as an opportunity to write about what you know best, better than anyone, YOU! You’re the expert on you and this should be easy right? Right, but it must be noted that time and effort are required for the best outcome.

College is a huge next step in your young life and if you are like most students, you are probably putting a tremendous amount of weight on your college applications to get you accepted to your top choices of schools. 

Ideally, students should apply to 4-8 schools. One or two of these may be considered "reach" schools - that is schools which are difficult for you to get into. A few should also be schools that you are pretty sure you will be admitted. The remainder fall somewhere in between.  However, all schools on your list should be schools you will be happy at. 

If you are in the midst of applying to colleges, this isn't likely the first time you have heard about the Common Application. The Common App is widely accepted at over 900 schools. However, one important thing to keep in mind is that you should not tailor your college list to schools that only accept the Common Application, just to make the process easier on yourself. Attending a college that is not the right fit for you in lieu of filling out a few extra forms will be more stressful in the end!

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Topics: College Planning