How High School Juniors Can Prepare for College

As a high school junior, it’s important to get ahead of the game for college. Don’t wait until the fall of your senior year to start thinking about college admissions, since there are many things you can be doing now to prepare yourself for college. Push yourself! When college admissions officers are reviewing transcripts, your …

Filing for Financial Aid

If you have applied for a college and were accepted, you might be wondering, now how do I pay for the next few years of my education. If you are like most students, you need help in the form of financial aid awards and loans to attend school. In order to receive help in these …

College Admissions Options for the Application Process

Colleges generally offer prospective students multiple options when it comes to the application process. Once you have decided on your final choices, check the admissions policy and the deadlines for each college on your list. Doing so will give you a better understanding of your application timeline. Whatever option you choose, you should submit your …

The Dos and Don’ts of College Essays

College essays are an essential step in applying for college, and the most common area where students make mistakes. While college essays are definitely not rocket science, they cause students a large amount of stress and can be an important factor in whether a student is accepted or not accepted to a college. Here are …

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 …