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Common App Live in Two Weeks!

Common App Live in Two Weeks!

My daughter left for Camp yesterday – her summer’s just getting started.  Funny, because mine is just about over. The  2013-14 Common Application opens on August 1, officially marking the beginning of ‘Application Season’ for the Class of 2014. Summer is typically a time for relaxation, but it should also serve as an opportunity for students to enrich […]

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How Much College Can You Afford?

How Much College Can You Afford?

For several years I’ve been writing about how middle class families can get discounts off the cost of college.  And over the years I have had the privilege of helping many families obtain such discounts, either through merit scholarships or need-based grants, while helping students find the right fit school that meets their academic and […]

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Student Loan Interest Rates Set to Double

Student Loan Interest Rates Set to Double

What a difference a year makes! Last June (an election year), the president and Congress agreed to postpone any hike in student loan interest rates, reaching a compromise for one year. This time around, no such deal. Interest rates on subsidized loans are set to double, from 3.4% to 6.8%, for loans granted during the […]

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Important Notes From Inside the Admissions Office & Vanderbilt’s Campus

Important Notes From Inside the Admissions Office & Vanderbilt’s Campus

I think you might want to settle in for this one.  I’m fresh off two days of meetings with Admissions and Financial Aid Officials at the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) Annual Summit, and a day touring the beautiful, highly selective and generous Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee (the first ‘official’ stop on the 2013 […]

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SAT v. ACT! Which Should You Take? Both? Neither?

SAT v. ACT! Which Should You Take? Both? Neither?

Saturday (June 1) was the last time this school year that a student could sit for the SAT; and Saturday (June 8) offered the last bite of the ACT apple.  With these two tests now in the rearview,  I wanted to reprint an earlier, and soothing message for all students who are bright and talented, and worried […]

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College Acceptance Results – Class of 2017

College Acceptance Results – Class of 2017

OK, you’re probably as anxious to skip ahead to the ‘good stuff’ (the acceptances) as I am to share them with you.  Not gonna lie – it was a record-breaking year for our students in what was a very tough admissions and funding season for many.  They and their families deserve our congratulations!  But before […]

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May 1 DECISION DAY – First Look At Lessons from the 2013 ‘Trenches’

May 1 DECISION DAY – First Look At Lessons from the 2013 ‘Trenches’

Dear Reader, Right now, countless 12th graders and their families are huddled together pouring through college acceptances, comparing final financial aid offers, and weighing prestige, price, and life after college (hopefully one free of debilitating student loan debt).  All this in anticipation of  next week’s DECISION DAY….May 1… the day college deposits are due.   […]

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While Florida’s Tuition Debate Rages, Tax Scholarships Offer Relief

While Florida’s Tuition Debate Rages, Tax Scholarships Offer Relief

I wanted to write about Florida’s college tuition rates and the Bright Futures Scholarship program, which are both in the news again. At issue: whether students spend more on tuition or their cell phones, and whether we can handle another tuition increase and a simultaneous decrease in Bright Futures, the lottery-funded merit awards.  Regardless of […]

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Is College Admissions More Competitive Today?

Is College Admissions More Competitive Today?

I’m beginning to feel like I say this every year, but this has been one strange admissions season. If you’re the parent of a 12th grader, you probably know what I’m talking about. Students in at the top-tier Ivy, but out at the popular,state school… High-need students doing well at some need-meeting schools, less so […]

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‘Spring’ in Grand Rapids: First Stop on the College Pete College Tour

‘Spring’ in Grand Rapids: First Stop on the College Pete College Tour

I’m spending a few days in Michigan, meeting and sharing best practices with a college planning company that is on the cutting edge in terms of providing both admissions and financial solutions to families. I took a break this afternoon and got a head start on my Annual Summer College Tour!  First up for 2013: […]

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