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Rigor v Performance: Your HS Student’s 2015-16 Course Selection

Rigor v Performance: Your HS Student’s 2015-16 Course Selection

It is time (or will be very soon) – Between now and March your student(s) will be required to register for classes for the upcoming academic year (check with your school’s guidance office for specific deadlines).  As I’ve told my clients, course selection should be a thoughtful, strategic, personalized and yet collaborative undertaking. That said, I urge […]

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Check out this article from the Kansas City…

Check out this article from the Kansas City…

Check out this article from the Kansas City Star, and reprinted in today’s Miami Herald. Regular readers may notice a familiar theme http://bit.ly/1Cklau4

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What do last year’s bonus, Nana’s Fidelity Account and your student’s service hours have in common?

What do last year’s bonus, Nana’s Fidelity Account and your student’s service hours have in common?

Answer: They can all impact whether and how much your child could receive in financial aid grants and/or scholarship dollars. Dear Reader, For the past 8 years, I have been guiding students through the college admissions process and their parents around  the nuances of the college funding process.  I have prepared  hundreds of financial aid […]

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Essential Information Re: the 2015 FAFSA

Essential Information Re: the 2015 FAFSA

Note to my private clients:  Though you can certainly continue reading, please be assured that all of what I am about to say has already been requested, prepared and/or completed for you by my staff and me on your behalf. If you are a new applicant (i.e, the parent of a 12th grader)… once the FAFSA […]

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2015-16 Bright Futures Application Open!

2015-16 Bright Futures Application Open!

I received several questions yesterday (and today) about Bright Futures, the popular State-awarded merit scholarship funded by our Lotto dollars.   The 2015-16 application for Bright Futures officially opened yesterday (Dec 1), so high school guidance counselors across FL have been talking to 12th grade students and parents today about how to apply. Here are […]

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Midterm Election Results and Higher Ed Implications

Midterm Election Results and Higher Ed Implications

I didn’t catch  all of the post-election press conferences last week (kind of busy dotting i’s and crossing t’s on college applications and early action CSS Profiles right now). But from everything I did see (and read) it’s abundantly clear that it makes no difference whether Washington leans to the Left or to the Right,  Higher Ed […]

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Emerging Trend?  Uncoventional Admissions Options at Conventional Colleges…

Emerging Trend? Uncoventional Admissions Options at Conventional Colleges…

This is a message for all the bright and talented students (and the frantic parents who love them) who are lying awake at night worried about a C+ in 9th grade Biology honors  or a less than stellar SAT outing or some other perceived ‘blemish’ that will keep them from getting into a competitive college. While roughly […]

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

A Checklist of What to Do/Say/Get From The Upcoming 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.  Chances are pretty good that your high school is already (and will continue) playing host to a bunch of colleges […]

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New News Report on Student Debt

New News Report on Student Debt

It’s ‘College Week’ at NBC6, and last week I was asked to comment on camera about student debt.  Which I did… reluctantly… because I’d much rather talk about how families can minimize or outright eliminate student debt.  Which if mismanaged, can be onerous and life altering (and not in a good way). The report aired […]

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Eyes on Your Own Paper Because…

Eyes on Your Own Paper Because…

Your Neighbor Is NOT a College Expert!…Unless, of course, I am your neighbor… I kid… sort of.   For those of you who are long-term subscribers, you might remember this story.  It was about my client ‘Lisa’ (not her real name).  She called me one Fall morning frantic about her child’s school list (too many […]

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