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How the College Class of 2019 Sees the World. A Must Read!

Each August since 1998, Beloit College in Beloit, WI., has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones and experiences that have shaped the worldview of students entering colleges and universities in the fall. Click here to read the list for the class of 2019. The list is a real…

Student Debt Takes a Bite Out of Paychecks

  It’ seems like everywhere you turn there is a story about student debt. While every study and report indicates that going to college is still crucial for a successful career it is also true that the debt some families take on to send a student to college can be a crushing burden. Read this…

A Note to Seniors

  As your final high school year begins, I want to wish you all the best. You’ll soon be busy with school work. On top of that, the next few months will be hectic because you also have to complete your college applications. Here are the things you need to know and do in the…

Student Loan Option if You Need to Borrow

If you are still looking to fill the financial gap for your student’s college cost I suggest that you take a look at these options. Your first choice should be the Federal Direct loan. That program has low interest rates and flexible terms for repayment once your student graduates college. Some families find it necessary…

Videos on the College Search and Selection Process

I recently came across a series of videos from Kahn Academy in which a variety of college search perspectives are presented. One on visiting colleges is embedded below. For the entire series of videos, click here. Visiting campus: Campus Visit Alternative: Online Tour

Is Your College Essay Good Enough to Get You In?

The college essay is more important than ever and often makes the difference between getting into college or not, as well as a major factor in the size of the student’s financial aid. So how can you write an essay that will stand out? Everyone talks about voice when it comes to the essay. Yet…

24 Common Mistakes in Choosing a College

Based on my experience these are the mistakes students often make in searching for colleges the right college to attend. 1. Only look at colleges your best friend is looking at Your goal should be to find the right college for you, not your best friend. Even the closest friends have different goals and ambitions.…

Rising College Debt Means More Adult Children Live at Home

More and more adult children are moving in with their parents than ever before primarily because of the college debt they incurred. In addition, 60% of young adults receive financial support from their parents. This, at the same time parents are trying to save for their own retirement which by itself is no easy task.…

Tips on Researching Colleges

You will be generating a list of colleges based on characteristics such as size, majors, and location. These are important characteristics but you should not end your search at that point. When it comes to narrowing the list, many students are not sure how to proceed. There’s no magic formula for deciding between schools. Ultimately,…

7 Things To Look For In A Good College

This is an article by Michelle Kretzschmar of DIY College Rankings. There are over 3,000 four-year colleges in the United States. How do you begin to find the good colleges to which a student should apply? To a certain extent, the definition of “good” will vary from student to student. However, there are seven things…