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Big potential changes for college admissions?

Feb 8, 2016

There’s been a lot of chatter about the recent study entitled “Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions” released by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The study proposed sweeping changes to the college admissions process with three...

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Interpreting the new PSAT scores

Feb 1, 2016

The October PSAT was the first introduction to the “new” SAT which will debut in March. Students were recently able to retrieve their scores online at College Board and they should receive paper copies of their score reports within the next week. The new PSAT score...

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Parents should be careful about how much they borrow

Jan 24, 2016

If you’re the parent of a high school senior and you’re thinking about how to pay for college without going broke, it’s a whole new, expensive world. From my perspective, there are just two kinds of money: “Great money – or Free money” – that would...

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Common financial aid mistakes

Jan 17, 2016

Soaring student debt, it’s a hot topic. Every presidential candidate is talking about it and that’s because the average debt of a senior graduating from college is nearly $30,000. That figure is even more frightening since many families are able to send their children to state...

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What’s up with the PSAT?

Jan 11, 2016

PSAT results are in, sort of. High school juniors and a smattering of sophomores took the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test) back in October, 2015. College Board (www.collegeboard.com) promised that test results would be delivered in December allowing students time to strategize their 2016 test...

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Things to think about in the new year

Jan 4, 2016

New Year’s is a time for resolutions and reorganization. If you’re the parent of a high school freshman or sophomore – but particularly if you’re the parent of a junior – now is the time to understand and start implementing the college timeline. There is no...

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Paying for college

Dec 28, 2015

There’s getting in and then there’s paying for it. Applications are in, except for the few slow-poke procrastinators. The big question now is how are you going to pay for this prized college education? The best source of money is institutional aid, that’s money doled out...

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Early Decision II – a new option

Dec 21, 2015

Notifications for Early Decision (ED) and Single Choice Early Action (SCEA) have been delivered. This year, as in previous years, there were many more tears than fist-bumps. Here are some of the staggeringly competitive numbers: Duke University - ED (www.duke.edu); 3,455 applied, 24 percent accepted; Harvard...

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Colleges and universities with Early Decision II programs – CLICK READ MORE

Dec 18, 2015

Here's the full list of schools with EARLY DECISION II by state. California Claremont McKenna College* CA Harvey Mudd College* CA Occidental College* CA Pitzer College* CA Pomona College* CA Scripps College* CA CA Colorado Colorado College* CO   Connecticut Connecticut College* CT Trinity College* CT Wesleyan University* CT   Washington, DC American University* DC George Washington University* DC   Florida Rollins College* FL Georgia Emory University* GA   Illinois Lake Forest College* IL Wheaton College* IL   Kentucky Centre College* KY   Massachusetts Boston University* MA Brandeis University* MA Hampshire College* MA Mount Holyoke College* MA Smith College* MA Springfield College* MA Tufts University* MA   Maryland St. Mary's College...

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Beware of upcoming changes in financial aid

Dec 13, 2015

Big changes are afoot for the form nearly every college-bound family should fill out – the FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Colleges use the FAFSA to determine how much need-based aid each applicant will receive. The form asks about income as well as assets in...

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