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Insider tips for the week of July 8, 2019

How to explain student loans and debt to your child – The idea of debt is often unfathomable to a teenager because they’ve likely never dealt with large sums of money and repayment happens in the unknown of the future, (which of course will turn out great). Road2College shares practical tips for how to help…

Insider tips for the week of June 17, 2019

How to help your teen be college-ready – Being admitted to college doesn’t mean a student is ready for it. Check out this important read from the New York Times, which explains how parents can encourage kids to step up their levels of personal responsibility while still in high school. 5 people worth talking to…

Federal student loan interest rates drop for 2019-2020 school year

There is finally some good news for a change when it comes to college costs. For the first time in three years, interest rates on federal student loans will drop for new borrowers for new loans made on or after July 1, 2019. Rates dropped over a half a percent from the previous year. New…

4 guidelines for taking on student loan debt

Identify the average starting salary for the field the student is planning to go into, and the family should not have any more than that number in total education loans. Considering a school that would leave you with $35,000 debt for an undergraduate electrical engineering degree? That would pass the test for an acceptable amount…

Insider tips for the week of April 1, 2019

How to help your teen be college-ready – Being admitted to college doesn’t mean a student is ready for it. Check out this important read from the New York Times, which explains how parents can encourage kids to step up their levels of personal responsibility while still in high school. Top 5 mistakes in making…

5 things most families don’t know about before taking out student loans, but should

1 $31,000 is the maximum amount dependent undergrad students can borrow in federal direct student loans. Annual limits are: $5,500 in year 1 $6,500 in year 2 and $7,500 each subsequent year until the $31,000 overall limit is reached 2 You must complete the FAFSA to access the Federal Direct Student Loans and the Parent…

Saturday night with Esme Murphy

In the wake of the college admissions scandal, College Inside Track President Chris Wills joined Esme Murphy on WCCO News Talk Radio to discuss and provide other college admissions advice. Chris appears 38 seconds into the 7 pm segment.

Minnesotans say college admissions scandal shows ‘stacked’ system

College Inside Track was featured in a Star Tribune article responding to the college admissions scandal.

‘Hard Work And Talent Should Be The Decider’: Students React To College Admissions Scam

College Inside Track President Chris Wills was featured on WCCO TV responding to the college admissions scandal, saying that “college is a match to be made, not a prize to be won.”

CIT response to college admissions scandal

With the college admissions scandal all over the news, we wanted to respond as members of the vast majority of the college counseling world that work with families honestly and ethically. It’s incredibly upsetting that people would manipulate the college admission system in this way, and every industry seems to have a very small number…