Category Archives: Planning for College

Seven resources to help your students develop a college short list

Who is knocking on the college door? According to the College Board Group research, an increasingly diverse academically prepared student body. This presents substantial challenges and opportunities for school counselors to give prospective students helpful direction. That’s why we created … Continue reading

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10 Hidden College Expenses

It’s no secret that college may require you to dig deep into your savings, but the importance of higher education is evident in today’s increasingly competitive job-market. To help you prepare for the various expenses that may not be quite … Continue reading

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Choosing your college short list

As you move closer to college application season, you will quickly see that—between the monetary cost to apply and the amount of time that each application requires—you only want to apply to five to eight colleges. So how do you … Continue reading

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What to do about the wait list

Your high school senior is feeling down after being wait-listed. What’s next? There’s no doubt that college acceptance time can lead your student on an emotional rollercoaster. So, while being sensitive to the fact that your student may be surprised, … Continue reading

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Four things you need to do to plan for college visits

Making college visits is a critical part of the college-planning experience. These trips take time and money, so you and your student will want to make the most out of each visit. Take some time to prepare with your student … Continue reading

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What college costs and what you’ll earn

Summer looms and beyond it, the fall semester at college. Students are busy working and collecting financial aid to pay for their education and get the most out of campus life. And while every student will have a different experience, … Continue reading

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Letters of recommendation for college: who, how and when to ask

As your junior year of high school winds down, it may be dawning on you: college applications are right around the corner! This may be a stressful time since your college choice lays the groundwork for the next few years. … Continue reading

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Getting smart about award letters

At this time of year, your senior is probably anxiously awaiting award letters from the schools he or she applied to. While receiving an award letter is exciting, it’s important that to understand how to read and interpret these awards. … Continue reading

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Getting down to brass tacks: How to read award letters

Your senior students may be starting to receive award letters from their chosen schools. It is an exciting time, and it’s important to understand how to read and interpret these awards. Each school may present the award letter information a … Continue reading

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Understanding your award letter

Soon you’ll be receiving award letters from your potential colleges. Make sure you review them carefully and understand the financial aid that’s being offered and what your final costs will be. It may be helpful to use an online comparison … Continue reading

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