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Test Optional or Not? A Q and A with CIT  College Testing Policies Whiz Tiffany Kolb: What You Need To Know Right Now About College Applications and Test Optional Policies 

    Should your senior apply to a particular college ticking the Test Optional box?  In this interview, CIT Consultant and testing policies whiz Tiffany Kolb addresses college testing policies and family choices around test optional admissions — including possible impacts on Early Action or Early Decision applications and merit aid     Q: Under…

CIT Merit Money Expert Suzy Fallon Q + A: What Every Family Should Do Right Now to Maximize Offers

CIT consultant and merit aid specialist Suzy Fallon Q + A:  The hands-down best source of merit scholarships, the long arc of the merit scholarship process during the application year, and what every family must do right now to maximize merit offers ————————————————————————— Q: Families are as concerned as they ever have been about paying…

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Insider Tips for the week of September 7, 2020

  Important financial aid info – College Inside Track’s Jay Benanav provides answers to important financial aid questions. Take a few minutes to read his advice.   9 tips for communicating with your teen – Connecting with your teenager was tough enough before the stresses of COVID-19. Rachel Ehmke shares valuable tips on an important…

Jay Benanav Q and A: Your High School Senior and Imminent Financial Aid Tasks

  College Inside Track founder and nationally recognized college admissions financial aid expert Jay Benanav responds to a few of the moment’s most pressing financial aid issues, in this wide-ranging interview:  The need for conscious student responses to financial aid questions on college applications, how need- and merit based aid configure with financial form (FAFSA…

Impressive work by any measure! Mankato students learn skills and impact community with Pick Two project

Mankato MN high school student Katie Rooney wanted to make a difference and had an idea stirring, but wasn’t quite ready to take action. Once she put together the College Inside Track Pick Two plan and engaged the help of a friend, a beautiful service project started to take shape.  Katie’s idea was to repurpose…

Liberal Arts in the City? YES! New Virtual Sessions Explore 5 Five Fabulous Liberal Arts Colleges in Big City Settings

It’s not unusual to hear from a CIT student who, after having completed her research on a college her CIT consultant has suggested for her list – “That college looks AMAZING, but it’s right in the middle of a cornfield! …  There’s probably sorghum in the area too.  There’s probably even wheat fields. NO WAY!”…

The College Admissions Interview, Part Two: When Your Interviewer Turns the Table

Admissions interviews are in full swing, and with a new enthusiasm – no doubt because admissions officers must work especially hard this year to determine applicant interest. Each day, colleges are adding interview dates (sometimes referring to them as “one-on-one visits with your admissions counselor”) – indicating to students the significance of registering for this…

Spreading Artwork with Grace

Spreading Artwork with Grace   College Inside Track client Grace Guillaume decided to make the most of her time at home during COVID-19 by improving her artistic skills.  Inspired to take action through CIT’s Pick Two program, Grace turned to online art classes to improve her acrylic painting technique.    The Pick Two program is…

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Insider Tips for the week of August 10, 2020

  Hundreds of college deans explain what they want to see from applicants in the COVID-19 era – The Washington Post writes about a statement signed by over 300 college deans about what they do — and do not — want to see in applicants for Fall 2021. The process is different this year due…

Community service is a piece of cake for CIT client Kate Spence, a 17-year-old Minnesotan and high school senior with a passion for baking

College Inside Track’s “Pick Two” Program has provided the impetus for some inspired, and inspiring, projects.  We’re particularly encouraged by the effort made by 17 year old baker-entrepreneur Kate Spence.  Read about her community service in support of front line COVID-19 caregivers and patients.   Community service is a piece of cake for Minnesotan Kate…