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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

How Has Admission Criteria Changed Since the Pandemic?

Sep 9, 2020 3:45:00 PM

The answer is, it hasn't really changed much at all. Except that since the pandemic, the trend of schools making SAT and ACT test scores optional has increased.  However important to note, if you have the opportunity to take these tests and you believe your scores will help in the decision process, by all means send them along as part of your application process. After all anything that reflects on your academic achievements is worth highlighting to the schools you are interested in.

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Topics: College Planning

How Tuition Payment Plans Can Reduce Borrowing Need

Jul 9, 2020 1:35:00 PM

If you’re headed back to school in the fall or are already enrolled at a college or university, it’s time to start thinking about how you might pay for the upcoming semester. Do scholarships and grants alone cover your tuition? Or do you need to borrow money for college to fill in the financial gap? One option that is almost always available is a payment plan. This could be a good option for you and your family.

 
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Topics: College Planning, Borrowing for College, Parents and College Planning

What You Need to Know Before You Borrow for College

Jun 11, 2020 11:30:00 AM

Remember to limit the amount you borrow! For every dollar you borrow, you will have to pay back more than that dollar with interest.

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Topics: College Planning, Borrowing for College, Parents and College Planning

Low Student Loan Rates Now Available for 2020/2021

May 29, 2020 1:14:15 PM

Moving Onward and Upward for the 20/21 Academic Year

What a year 2020 has been to date with so many changes and unknowns now a part of our daily lives due to the coronavirus pandemic.  But one thing that hasn’t changed is needing options to help pay for college.  

 
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Topics: College Planning, Borrowing for College, Parents and College Planning

Advice From Admissions

May 15, 2020 12:30:00 PM

For our fourth and final week of “Inquiring Minds  - What Students Want to Know”, we wanted to share that we know everyone is overwhelmed with how Coronavirus has changed our lives today and probably into the future.

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Topics: College Planning, News

How will the SAT & ACT cancellations affect admissions requirements?

May 7, 2020 2:19:00 PM

Week 3 of “What Inquiring Student Minds Want to Know” is for those preparing for acceptance in 2021. 
 
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Topics: College Planning, SAT & ACT, Parents and College Planning

Admissions Deadlines and Deposits Flexibility

Apr 30, 2020 4:10:06 PM

Welcome back to week two of “Inquiring Minds - What Students Want to Know"

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Topics: College Planning, News

What Incoming College Freshmen Students Want to Know

Apr 23, 2020 11:15:00 AM

Welcome to our new short series:  Inquiring Student Minds Want to Know.  We have reached out to several of the schools we work with  to learn what students are asking about in this unprecedented time known as the Coronavirus Pandemic.  We will feature one question per week and the most popular responses for 4 weeks.  We hope you find this information calming and helpful.

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Topics: College Planning, News

7 Ways to be More Efficient Learning from Home

Mar 25, 2020 11:01:57 AM

A few weeks ago, a lot of students began to attend school online because of the coronavirus. This is a big change that has been affecting all different types of students all over the globe indefinitely. Adapting to remote learning isn't always easy when you're used to being in the classroom. We hope some of our tips will help you maximize your learning at home during this time!
 
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Topics: College Planning, Borrowing for College, Parents and College Planning