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…

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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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  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…

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  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…

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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…

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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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  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…

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