Financial Aid and How it is Determined

When you’re applying for college, you may also need to apply for financial aid. This process can seem very daunting, and you may be wondering how your eligibility for financial aid is determined from the information on your application. Your eligibility for financial aid depends on many factors that are used to determine how much …

Showing Demonstrated Interest to Prospective Colleges

College prep courses, grade point average, SAT and ACT scores, among many other factors, are all important to a student’s chances of acceptance at a school. However, most students forget the value of showing demonstrated interest. The value of demonstrated interest continues to climb, especially with the available means students have now through social media …

Nurturing Successful Students

A successful student is more than a high grade point average or high test scores. Students need to develop attributes that will make them successful in life outside of school, and it’s important as a parent to help guide in your child’s development. Many of these attributes can be developed and guided by parents. Appetite …

Saving for College? Weighing the Options

Saving for college can seem like a daunting task. If you’re a parent wanting to plan ahead for your child’s education, it’s important to weigh the options and see what works best for your financial situation. One common route for college savings is a 529 plan where money can be saved and invested for future …

Social Media and College Applications: The Bigger Picture

What does your social media presence say about you? Social media is a continuously growing platform that can both positively or negatively impact how others see you. This audience includes colleges and the admission officers reviewing your applications. Social media is so readily accessible that a few minutes of review can give an admission officer …

Higher Education: Filling the Payment Gap

Unfortunately, financial aid doesn’t always cover the full costs of a student’s education. With the rising costs of college, books and supplies, room and board and other costs that are included in college expenses, parents and students need other avenues to cover the gap. Federal parent loans The Federal Parent PLUS loan is an option …

What You Need to Know When Reviewing Financial Aid

You’ve been accepted to your choice college and the envelope arrives! If you already submitted your FASFA form, you will receive financial aid letters soon. When reviewing your financial aid award letter, make sure you know what you are accepting before you sign. A financial award letter is a letter or e-mail from the college(s) …

The Importance of Campus Visits

Is it the right fit? College brochures and websites can only give you a glimpse of the college and campus. A campus visit will give you a feel for the school, what your academic life could look like there and if it’s the right fit for you. Scheduling a campus visit will allow you time …

What Admission Officers Look For

Transcripts Your transcript reflects more than just your grades; admission officers want to see that you have challenged yourself with the coursework you have selected. Did you pick a curriculum that will prepare you for college? Did you take AP level classes if they were available? Colleges want students who have pushed themselves, and this …

The Reality of Athletic Scholarships in College

When most people think of the NCAA, they think of only college sports. However, the NCAA is not focused solely on sports. It’s a nonprofit with the number one principle of student-athletes as students first. Because of this founding principle, the reality of athletic scholarships is very different than the many current misconceptions. Misconception #1: …