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

Image credit (“© Tempest)  tempest.dk.   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 …

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: …

Dressing for an interview? Dress to Impress!

Dressing for your Interview When you are getting ready for your college interview, or professional event, the thing in the forefront of your mind should be to make a good impression. While clothes do not make the man/woman, a picture is worth a thousand words. What you wear to your interview can communicate a great …

Choosing Challenging Coursework in High School

Preparing for college happens long before the first ACT, SAT or college application; the choices a student makes through the entire course of her high school education has an impact on life after senior year. Decisions on coursework throughout the four years of high school are all very important. To appeal to colleges and to …