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2014 Admissions Update:  Is Getting Into College Tougher Than Ever?

2014 Admissions Update: Is Getting Into College Tougher Than Ever?

Just one week til Memorial Day!  It’s a nice break for all of us, but especially for the Class of 2014.  April and early May can be a surprisingly difficult time for many high school seniors.  Interspersed with all the pre-graduation revelry is the anxiety-inducing reality of waiting for (and then weighing) college admissions offers […]

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College Pete’s Class of 2014 – Where They’re Headed This Fall!

College Pete’s Class of 2014 – Where They’re Headed This Fall!

Last Thursday was ‘Decision Day’ for the Class of 2014.   Let’s just say it can be an anxiety-inducing week for many, me included, as final offers got weighed, appealed and weighed again.  And despite facing some VERY long odds (several universities have reported admission rates that were less than half of those a decade ago), […]

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Spotting Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams

Spotting Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams

After reading Jill’s article from last week, one of my former students (now a College Freshman) sent me a very official looking flyer from the ‘Student Financial Resouce Center’.  It had been circulated on her campus with this claim:  For $65.00 and some sensitive information about you (like your social # and financial information), they […]

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‘Negotiating’ With Colleges

‘Negotiating’ With Colleges

As 12th grade parents know, most college financial aid offices have or will soon be ‘mailing’ out their financial aid award letters.  Unfortunately, some (maybe even many) families will find themselves unhappy with the contents of these letters.  I hope that’s not your family, but if it is — there is some good news.In many cases, a […]

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What Happens When What Happened on Spring Break Winds Up On…

What Happens When What Happened on Spring Break Winds Up On…

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tublr, Snapchat or Vine! Last couple of years, I’ve become increasingly interested in the way social media is shaping the college admissions process. Most of the articles that I’ve seen are more than just a good read; they’re like an insider’s playbook on how selective colleges are using new media to recruit, […]

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March Madness Bracketology with a Financial Aid Twist!

March Madness Bracketology with a Financial Aid Twist!

It’s the 8th anniversary of my University Generosity March Madness Financial Aid Bracket. And I’m fired up.  Unfortunately, many of  last year’s victors won’t be dancing again in 2014 – Missing from the 68 team field are some of my favorites like the University of Richmond, Davidson, Georgetown, and Notre Dame — all of which […]

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How The SAT Overhaul Will Affect You… Or Not

How The SAT Overhaul Will Affect You… Or Not

Unless you’ve been hiding under a non-wifi enabled rock this week, I’m guessing that you’ve heard about the massive overhaul of the SAT.  The changes, which have been expected for some time, were announced last week and are set to take affect in 2016.  If your student is in 11th grade or older, then the […]

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Madness in March Vs. Money in April! Take the Money in April

Madness in March Vs. Money in April! Take the Money in April

Tis finally March.  And for those new to my blog, you’ll soon learn that not only am I an education geek, I’m a college basketball crazy.  There is nothing that I love more than when these two passions collide, as they’re about to! Each year I produce a ‘University Generosity’ NCAA basketball tourney bracket, where […]

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Is Florida Pre-Paid A Ponzi Scheme? And Even if it’s Not, Is it Worth It?!?

Is Florida Pre-Paid A Ponzi Scheme? And Even if it’s Not, Is it Worth It?!?

Last week’s Miami Herald ran a story about a new plan out of the State Senate Education Committee that would lower the cost of the widely-popular Florida Prepaid College Program.  While this proposal is far from becoming law, I’m thinking that the state’s new plan, which could potentially lead to $50 million in refunds for […]

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The Terrible, Horrible No Good Very Bad Graduation Rates at FL Colleges

The Terrible, Horrible No Good Very Bad Graduation Rates at FL Colleges

As many of you know, I conduct college planning workshops for families around town once or twice a month.  I also lecture about college and consult with a handful of independent high schools throughout the U.S. and abroad on this topic.  If I counted, I’d say that I probably speak in front of 1,200 plus […]

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