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Scholarship reduction – The dirty little college secret

Would you ever consider a scenario where the scholarships your student won actually resulted in a scholarship reduction elsewhere? One of the students we work with, whom we’ll call Caitlyn, was a dream that every parent (and counselor) hopes for: kind, bright, studious and incredibly engaged in the college process. In addition to having nearly…

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Federal student loan rates fall to lowest on record

  For some good news amidst the current pandemic, the federal direct student loan rates are falling to the lowest interest rates on record for families taking on federal student loans this year.   Undergraduate rates for the 2020-2021 school year will be 2.75%. This is a reduction of 1.78% as compared to the 2019-20…

Insider Tips for the week of May 4, 2020

   3 new paying for college strategies in the COVID-19 world – COVID-19 has massively disrupted the college planning process, which has created new opportunities for families to potentially reduce their cost. Check out 3 new college financial planning strategies to consider (as always, please consult with a financial professional to determine if any are…

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Paying for college – 3 new strategies

  COVID-19 has massively disrupted the college planning and paying for college process, which has created new opportunities for families to potentially reduce their cost. Here are three new college financial planning strategies to consider (as always, please consult with a financial professional to determine if any are a fit):   Take advantage of low…

What does test-optional really mean?

    The list of test-optional schools has expanded quite a bit recently, mostly because of the difficulties students are facing for test opportunities. ACT and SAT cancellations have been rampant due to COVID-19. Colleges, not wanting students to have to exclude them from their college lists, have decided to go “test-optional;” some as a…

Expert Tips: Three Tips to Engage Your Teen While They Are Stuck At Home with You

  By Dr. Susan Whalen, College Inside Track Consultant The news is in:  high schools across the country in strong numbers have closed down for all but virtual business, for the rest of the semester.   Too, many summer programs that teens were counting on to develop their interests and their college resumes are now…

Should High School Seniors Enroll in College This Fall?

  The answer, like so many other college-related questions, is “It depends.”                           As COVID-19 continues to disrupt our lives and stay-at-home directives extend into May, speculation has been rising about how colleges are going to handle the fall semester if the pandemic…

Insider tips for the week of April 6, 2020

  5 ways to evaluate a college in the COVID-19 world – Campuses are closed for visits, so how does a family evaluate a college in the new COVID-19 world? College Inside Track President Chris Wills goes beyond the normal advice and recommends 5 excellent tips.   9 important adulting skills to teach your captive…

Wisconsin Universities Adjusting Admissions Process Amid Coronavirus

    College Inside Track President Chris Wills was interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss how the coronavirus is impacting the college admissions process. Click here to read the story

Federal Student Loan Payments Suspended Through Sept. 30

    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has suspended all federal student loan payments through September 30, 2020. Here’s what you need to know:   No interest will accrue on your federal student loans through Sept. 30, 2020.   Your federal student loan balance doesn’t change unless you make payments, meaning…