Choosing a College

Insider tips for the week of October 16, 2017

10 tips to get the most financial aid – Time magazine has 10 practical tips to help families get the most out of the FAFSA. Take-aways include moving money out of your child’s bank and brokerage accounts and appealing disappointing aid packages.   College fair do’s and don’ts – Check out this goofy 3 min…

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6 Questions You Need to Ask on Your Next College Tour

Chirping birds, beautiful old buildings covered in ivy, large century trees and an eager student chatting and walking backward. This is what many of us experience during our kid’s college tours. I’ve been on many, many tours during the searches for my kids and in addition to the painted picture here, I noticed one other…

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Insider tips for the week of June 26, 2017

How to make sense of college rankings – An important read from the NY Times for every family engaging in the college process. My favorite takeaway: “It isn’t like Consumer Reports…the interaction between a student and an institution is not the same as the interaction between a student and a refrigerator.”     4 ways…

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Insider tips for the week of May 1, 2017

4 questions every family should answer – Jodi Okun shares the questions every family should answer about college, including my favorite, “Who will be repaying the loans?” The parents assume the student will make payments, while the student may assume the parents will make payments. Everyone is surprised after graduation when the payment due notices…

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Insider tips for the week of April 10, 2017

3 ways to talk to your child about paying for college – The Washington Post shares helpful conversation starters for the difficult, yet important, money talk with your student.         A hidden college cost you probably didn’t think about – The Hechinger Report shines the light on a little-known reason why the…

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5 mistakes when contacting college coaches

In a helpful article on The College Solution, Jon Fugler, Founder of Recruit-Me, highlights 5 common mistakes when contacting college coaches and advises aspiring student-athletes to create a well crafted introductory packet that introduces the athlete to the coach in a very personal way, providing just the right info to generate interest without turning into…

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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…

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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

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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.…

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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,…

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