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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…

Insider tips for the week of Feb. 11, 2019

The 3 secrets to getting into your dream school – How do you get into a school like MIT? Chris Peterson, assistant director of admissions, shares a wonderful perspective from the college side. Please share this important read with your child and thank you to Kevin McMullin of CollegeWise for highlighting his advice.   Straight…

Insider tips for the week of Jan. 7, 2019

The secret to finding what colleges want – NerdWallet’s Liz Weston explains that schools telegraph what they want in applicants in the form of data that is available online to anyone. Take a minute to scan her advice.   10 things college rankings won’t tell you – Although we all love lists to help us…

Beware – Retirement savings rollover issue on FAFSA

There is a FAFSA issue that has been tripping up families with qualified retirement savings rollovers that can result in wildly inflated EFC’s (expected family contributions), thus reducing the amount of financial aid they qualify for. Retirement savings moved from one qualified retirement plan to another qualified plan should not be reported as untaxed income…

Why is my EFC going up?

Talk about a double whammy! Despite the rising cost of college, families are at the same time seeing an increase in their EFC (expected family contribution), which is what they are expected to contribute before any financial aid kicks in. In other words, a family with the exact same income and assets today as one…