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What Every Parent Should Know

Most teens start thinking about college in junior and senior year of high school. For many students this is too late! It is important for parents to understand that college admissions requirements have taken a major shift since they went to college. Schools are still looking for students with good grades and high standardized test scores – that…

11 Weird College Scholarships for Which You May Qualify

Are you a fan of the number 5 or are a natural redhead or a lefty? Do you love peanut butter or can you carve a pumpkin or maybe you are tall? Here is a list of 11 of the weirdest college scholarships that you might be interested in or at least find humorous. The…

5 Surprises Behind the Student Debt Crisis

Student debt continues to rise. In MN the average student debt now exceeds $30,000. When you add the debt that parents often take on in addition to the student’s debt the family debt for college is approaching $50,000. Unfortunately, I have seen families who have $100,000 or more in student debt. Clearly the student debt…

Student Loan Debt and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

It is obvious to anyone who hears the news that student loan debt has reached a crisis level. The total student debt in this country now exceeds $1.2 TRILLION and is larger than credit card debt. At College Inside Track, we have saved families hundreds of thousands of dollars during our more than 10 years…

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…