College Pete

Important Update on the FL Prepaid Plan

Important Update on the FL Prepaid Plan

Kudos to the State Legislature! Last week Florida’s lawmakers righted a pretty big wrong by a) cutting the cost of the Florida Prepaid College Plan by a whopping 50% (from about $54,000 to $27,000) and b) agreeing to issue upwards of $50 million in refunds to families who grossly overpaid for the popular state 529 […]

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First Look at the New UF Essay

First Look at the New UF Essay

Now that school is back in full swing, you’ve probably begun (or will soon begin) receiving a fair share of college-related literature. This is true whether your child is just beginning 11th, 10th or even 9th grade.  And while all the college ‘noise’ can seem a nuisance in these early grades, it’s worth paying attention […]

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For 500 Schools, Apps Went Live Last Friday (August 1)!

For 500 Schools, Apps Went Live Last Friday (August 1)!

Big day last Friday!  First, we’ve got the start of Florida’s annual ‘Back-to-School’ tax holiday!  If you’re in town, and you don’t mind crowds, you can buy school related supplies tax free… which can save you about $14.00 on a $200.00 purchase. Which is nice.   But it’s not going to help you pay the […]

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Is High Point University Higher Ed’s Innovative New Model?

Is High Point University Higher Ed’s Innovative New Model?

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change.” Leon C. Megginson As many of my readers know, I’m both a former high school history teacher and mid-level executive at a Fortune 500 telecom company. It may seem an odd pairing to some, […]

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Over-weighted? Over-rated?  What UNC Had To Say About GPA and Rank…

Over-weighted? Over-rated? What UNC Had To Say About GPA and Rank…

As many of you know, during July Jill and I hit the road for a week or so to visit colleges that are on our radar as interesting options for my students (high quality and personalized educations at institutions with demonstrated commitments to affordability). This year we’re barnstorming through North Carolina (with one quick detour […]

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165000 FAFSA Applicants Lose Out On Millions

165000 FAFSA Applicants Lose Out On Millions

Nearly every day, I’m  re-reminded how confusing and wrought with potential landmines the financial aid process  can be… but this recent story from the Chronicle of Higher Education took it to a new level. Last week the very reputable Chronicle of Higher Education reported that 165,000 applicants lost out on federal financial aid (Pell Grants, in […]

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Mid-Summer Planning for Parents of College Bound Teens

Mid-Summer Planning for Parents of College Bound Teens

So, I got into the office today, checked my calendar, and realized… Summer’s over. Snap. Just like that. Gee thanks, Pete – a very happy Monday to you, too! OK, sorry to point out the obvious, but the July 4th fireworks have been fired, the temperature reads 94 after the afternoon thunder showers, and the […]

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Strategies To Get Noticed this Summer; Get In Next Spring

Strategies To Get Noticed this Summer; Get In Next Spring

With my apologies to our regular readers (and to Jill, who hates when I do this), I’m about to contradict myself… sort of. Here’s why: I’ve often said that the best way for a prospective student to get a real feel for a college is to visit its campus while in session… as in when […]

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FAFSA Tweet Deemed Offensive

FAFSA Tweet Deemed Offensive

So here’s a shocker.  The fine folks that manage FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) really stepped in it this week, and not for the obvious reasons typically associated with completing the oft-maligned, convoluted federal financial aid forms that the government (and by default many universities) use to determine how much you can […]

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Bright Futures’ Questionable Future… Making Headlines Again

Bright Futures’ Questionable Future… Making Headlines Again

I’m not sure if you caught Fred Grimm’s piece in Sunday’s Herald: Cuts to Bright Futures Show Talk About Investing in Florida’s Future is All Rhetoric.   In case you didn’t, here are the Spark Notes. 1. The latest budget out of Tallahassee reduces The Bright Futures Scholarships program by more than $50 million – to $266 million […]

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