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College Planning Tips for July

Jul 2, 2018 10:32:00 AM

Summertime is finally here and the beach is most definitely calling your name, but it doesn't mean that you should slack off when it comes to college planning. Sure, use this time to relax and spend time with family and friends. But also use your recess from school to get ahead with planning for college. There are some things you should continue to think about and do as  your senior year quickly approaches. Here's our short list to keep you on track this July! 

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College Planning: Amaze Admissions with an Exceptional Art Portfolio

Jun 14, 2018 11:06:00 AM

Are you wondering, "What the heck is a portfolio?" or "OMG! Here's another thing I have to add to my to-do list!"? Let me put your mind at ease: a portfolio is not necessary for every student. A portfolio is generally used for students planning to pursue the Fine Arts or Performing Arts field at the college level! If you fit into one of the two categories listed above, let's explore further on how a portfolio can actually compliment your college applications.

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College Planning Tips for June

Jun 5, 2018 2:33:00 PM

Summer is right around the corner and you are probably itching to get out of the classroom to sit back, relax, and soak up some sun.  But, just because school is about to be out doesn't mean you should leave your college planning by the wayside. Seniors should keep an eye on their mailboxes for important information from their colleges and should focus on saving up for college by finding a summer job. Juniors should find teachers willing to write their letter of recommendation and work to contribute to their college fund. Check out our full list of college planning tips for June below!

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College Planning Tips for May

May 2, 2018 2:08:00 PM

It may seem that this school year has taken forever but, you'll be basking in the sun before you know it. Just because summer is coming doesn't mean you should put off  thinking about the next steps to take for college. Seniors and their families should begin to crunch numbers and determine how much they will need to borrow for school, if any. Juniors, on the other hand, should continue to build a list of colleges they are interested in attending and visit the schools. Get all our college planning tips for May below.

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How to Overcome College Decision Analysis Paralysis

Apr 24, 2018 1:35:00 PM

Are you suffering from college enrollment decision analysis paralysis? Analysis paralysis is referred to as the over analyzing of a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, paralyzing the outcome. Not sure if you have college enrollment analysis paralysis? Ask yourself a couple of these questions.

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College Planning Tips for April

Apr 9, 2018 3:04:00 PM

Mother nature thought that our April showers meant snow here in RI, but that won't get in the way of us helping you plan for college. Seniors have a lot on their plate this month. Top among their stresses: which school they are going to attend in the fall. Juniors, on the other hand, are starting to explore colleges and figuring out what they want in a school. Check out our college planing tips for April below!

Seniors

This is a big time of year for high school seniors! College decisions must be made! A big deciding factor for students when deciding which school to attend is how much each school awarded to you in financial aid. Comparing those award letters is never an easy task which is why the RISLA College Planning Center is here to help. Schedule an appointment with us to get help comparing your award letters!

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Topics: College Planning, Parents and College Planning

The Best College Planning Advice from High School Guidance Counselors

Mar 22, 2018 4:24:25 PM

If you are a high school student - or parent of one - college is likely on your mind. We regularly give advice about best college planning practices through the lens of the RISLA College Planning Center. But this month, we had the rare opportunity of gathering most of Rhode Island's high school guidance counselors in a single room, and we wanted to take advantage of that! Below, we have outlined five of today's most pressing college planning questions, rounded up the best answers from our state's school counselors, and aggregated some common themes to help you on your journey to college.

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College Planning Tips for March

Mar 1, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Spring is only three weeks away and you can finally take a deep breath as you are almost halfway done with the semester! Spring is a time to focus on summer employment, courses for fall semester, and your academics. It may seem like you have a long time until summer vacation, but don't let the long weekends and school vacations pass you by. Take all the opportunities you can to work towards improving your future. Students looking to stay on track should take advantage of these tips!

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Northern RI College Planning Center Moving to New Location

Feb 27, 2018 3:08:52 PM

We are excited to announce that effective March 5, 2018, the RISLA College Planning Center currently located at the Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln will be moving to a new location at 652 George Washington Highway in Lincoln, RI.

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

College Planning: Resumes for High School Students

Feb 8, 2018 3:02:00 PM

Resumes aren't only for those searching for a job. Resumes can be useful for high school students prepping for a college interview or they can give it to teachers who are writing them a letter of recommendation. If you're looking for a way to showcase your education, jobs, skills, activities, and awards a resume will be your best bet! 

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Topics: College Planning, preparing for a college interview