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Our 12th #UniversityGenerosityBracketology – How March Madness = May Scholarships!

Our 12th #UniversityGenerosityBracketology – How March Madness = May Scholarships!

With the insanity surrounding the recent college admissions scandal, it it both a thrill and a relief that March Madness can provide a bit of a reprieve. This is undoubtedly my favorite time of the year on the sports calendar, and it happens to coincide with admissions decisions from many colleges which makes the days of […]

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Statement on Today’s College Admissions Scandal

Statement on Today’s College Admissions Scandal

My colleagues and I at YCC are dedicated to serving students and families in the college admissions and funding processes. And as those of you who have worked with us can attest, we do so with the intent of personalizing the college process to maximize our student’s chances of long-term success, educationally and financially. There is a […]

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NEW NACAC REPORT! What REALLY Influences Admissions Decisions

NEW NACAC REPORT! What REALLY Influences Admissions Decisions

I’ve just pored through the National Assoc. of College Admission’s Counselor’s (NACAC’s) annual “State of College Admission” report. I’m going to talk about three themes that pop up frequently when it comes to the NACAC annual report: Real Access/Admit Rates, ‘Ability to Pay’ and Admissions Chances Diversity/’Class-Building’ in Admissions Decisions College Access and Real Admissions […]

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What is the ONE THING that 98% of Higher Ed Admissions Professionals Agree On?!

What is the ONE THING that 98% of Higher Ed Admissions Professionals Agree On?!

If you’re confused about what matters most to college admissions professionals, you’re not alone – and it’s not your fault! In fact, there’s a long-standing, though not so funny, joke in our industry that if you meet with 10 Admissions officers, you’ll get 10 different variations on how to evaluate an applicant. Case in point: One of my students […]

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Who Wins at College Admissions… and Why?

Who Wins at College Admissions… and Why?

Let’s face it – most of us have at some point in our lives felt as if there was a game being played around us that we weren’t given the rules to win. I hear this a lot about the college admissions process. As in, ‘it’s just NOT fair.’ For the most part, they’re right. […]

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National College #DecisionDay! Where They’re Headed & Why College Counseling Matters

National College #DecisionDay! Where They’re Headed & Why College Counseling Matters

Yesterday was ‘National Decision Day’ for the Class of 2018.  The college admissions offers received in the past several weeks were weighed by the families we serve, usually in close consultation with us, and when the dust settled at sunset yesterday, all YCC students were proudly enrolled at one of their top choices. A full […]

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Big Announcement – We’re Mobile!

Big Announcement – We’re Mobile!

WESTON, Fla., March 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With college acceptances soon to be in hand for aspiring 2018 high school graduates, attention now turns to the Class of 2019 and beyond, who must find the help they need to identify, get into and pay less for college. Enter YCC360°, a web-based, mobile-first solution for […]

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11th Annual #UniversityGenerosityBracketology!

11th Annual #UniversityGenerosityBracketology!

It’s bracket time! This is most definitely my favorite time of the year. There is nothing in sport quite like the annual college basketball lovefest widely known as March Madness. For three weeks, my two geeky passions – higher education and basketball – converge to bring us the most unpredictable, entertaining and exciting collection of highly competitive basketball […]

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Big Vote on FL Bright Futures: How This & Other Legislative Actions May Affect Your Wallet

Big Vote on FL Bright Futures: How This & Other Legislative Actions May Affect Your Wallet

In the 2017 legislative session, Florida lawmakers ​extended the state-funded merit scholarship program, Bright Futures, to include summer classes/sessions AND agreed to nearly double the scholarship amount awarded for top students who qualify for the Academic Scholars level. Under the new plan, students who qualified for this top tier award were able to receive $6,000 […]

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Attention Washington, DC college-bound students – DC TAG Application is Open!

Attention Washington, DC college-bound students – DC TAG Application is Open!

The DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DC TAG) application officially ‘opened’ on February 1. To the uninitiated, DC TAG provides up to $10,000 toward the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at public colleges and universities (two-year and four-year) throughout the US, Guam and Puerto Rico. DCTAG also provides up to $2,500 per academic year toward tuition […]

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