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Delay and Lose Out

Delay and Lose Out

Some would say that we’re lucky to live in a time when we have infinite amounts of information available at our fingertips. Want to know how to cook a ‘pastry’ dessert without the pastry, but with pistachio nuts? You can Google it and find a dozen recipes. Want to know the best way to lose […]

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48 yrs old, not enough saved for college, 18 yr old daughter ‘freaking out at home’

48 yrs old, not enough saved for college, 18 yr old daughter ‘freaking out at home’

Check out this email we received from a guy a couple years back. “I have a daughter freaking out at home…The price of a college education now is comical and…the struggling middle class get screwed. This financial formula that FASCA (sic) figures…is a joke. They decide that going into huge debt seems to be the […]

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Did you know 67% of admissions officers are looking at your kid’s Facebook?

Did you know 67% of admissions officers are looking at your kid’s Facebook?

This just in:  67% of admissions officers surveyed in 2015 said they had looked up college applicants on Facebook! And 40% didn’t like what they found. The good news: When used appropriately, sharing on social media can be a pretty persuasive marketing tool.  As the saying goes – sharing is caring, The bad news? Oversharing […]

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Are you using a test optional strategy for college admissions? If not, maybe you should be.

Are you using a test optional strategy for college admissions? If not, maybe you should be.

Last July we told you about George Washington University’s (GWU’s) big ‘selectivity’ bet and their decision to no longer require standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) for admissions. Want to know whether the decision has ‘paid off’ for them? Spoiler alert – it has! As we predicted in July, GWU is gonna have a MUCH […]

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A Checklist of What to Do/Say/Get From College Fairs

A Checklist of What to Do/Say/Get From College Fairs

Between the middle of September and the end of October, admissions officers from schools across the country are out and about, traveling to their local regions and visiting with high school students at college fairs. If you are a parent and your child is in 10 -12th grade, you should also plan to go to […]

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Have You Seen Your College Savings Lately?

Have You Seen Your College Savings Lately?

Forgive me, but I’m about to be blunt. Have you checked your 529 Plan lately, or for that matter your recent 401(k) statement?  I know that the pundits all tell you not to look (in jest, I hope); but if you have a child who is in high school and plans to go to college in the next couple of years, you […]

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Are You Sure That You’re Choosing the Right Courses in High School?

Are You Sure That You’re Choosing the Right Courses in High School?

No disrespect to our Northern readers, but it was a gorgeous 72 degrees and sunny this weekend, and Jill and I took full advantage.  A little tennis, a run at the park, followed by the hometown food and wine festival (as our reward for the former).  It was a blast… with just a few minor uncomfortable moments with some folks who might […]

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A major shift in college opportunities (especially if you’re worried that you won’t get into college, let alone a ‘good’ one…)

A major shift in college opportunities (especially if you’re worried that you won’t get into college, let alone a ‘good’ one…)

Are you like too many of our bright, otherwise reasonably competitive and motivated students (or one of the frantic parents who love them)? Are you super stressed out and sleep deprived – not just because you’re up all night doing actual homework, but because you’re also over-scheduled, over-loaded and overly worried about that C+ you […]

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The First FAFSA Filing of the Season & Tips for 2016

The First FAFSA Filing of the Season & Tips for 2016

For the newly initiated, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has traditionally become available at 12:00 am ET on New Year’s Eve. And completing one by the time college game day kicks-off the next day is a long-standing College Pete New Year’s Day tradition. Cheers to him! The FAFSA is not only the […]

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Early Admissions Numbers and 3 Important College Changes for 2016-17 season

Early Admissions Numbers and 3 Important College Changes for 2016-17 season

Last week we got two very critical and telling sets of data that give us a lot of insight both into this year’s college applicants’ chances and into the impact that the changes afoot in Admissions and Financial Aid will have on future applicants. The first set of information comes from a higher education symposium […]

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