Insider tips for the week of September 5, 2022

Scholarship reduction – The dirty little college secret – CIT’s Chris Wills explains how scholarships your student wins can actually result in a scholarship reduction elsewhere. The Parent Plus Loan: Pros, Cons, and Sneaky Financial Aid Offers – CIT’s Cozy Wittman lays out the pros, cons, and some caveats related to this loan. How might…

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Insider tips for the week of August 8, 2022

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. Test optional update – CIT Consultant Tiffany Kolb discusses what families need to know now about the test optional path in college admissions: Important takeaways from the most recent application…

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Insider tips for the week of July 4, 2022

What you need to know about admission deadlines– Rick Clark does a nice job of explaining an important topic. Worth the read now, well ahead of the rush and anxiety of the fall application season. When should you engage a college consultant? – Ann Garcia addresses early start elements, problems with a very late start with…

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Insider tips for the week of May 30, 2022

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  ACT/SAT outlook – Bruce Reed of Compass Education Group shares his thoughts on how standardized tests will be used by colleges moving forward. He expects testing opportunities will rebound and while many schools are continuing policies and trials as test optional, having a test score when applying to more selective colleges may be an…

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Insider tips for the week of May 2, 2022

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  Top tips for AP success – The folks at Compass Education Group have put together a handy one-stop resource with information about AP exams and prep, as well as an examination of the role APs play in college admission.    3 things to do now for strong HS recommendation letters – Students have experienced…

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Insider tips for the week of April 4, 2022

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  Finding meaningful summer activities – Summer is a golden opportunity for students to contribute to the story of who they are, what they value, and how they are engaging their passions, interests & dedication in meaningful ways. CIT Consultant Paige Feldman proposes thinking about what values a student wants to bring forward with the…

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Insider tips for the week of February 28, 2022

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  Types of loans available – Fred Amrein provides a good summary of the various loans that may be offered to families as part of a college’s financial aid package. Key learning: The Direct Federal Loan is the only one entirely owed by the student and is limited to a total of $31,000 over all…

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Insider tips for the week of February 7, 2022

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  Expert tips on getting the most scholarships – Suzy Fallon from College Inside Track shares the secret sauce for how families can maximize scholarship dollars. Key takeaway: Each college has its own financial aid philosophy and you want to find those that match with your student’s profile. Take a few minutes to read this…

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Insider tips for the week of January 10, 2022

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  3 tips for having the scary college money talk – I’ve been shocked at how many families with HS students we’ve been meeting with lately have not talked about what they are willing or able to spend on college, both between the parents and with the student. We naturally avoid things that are scary,…

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Insider tips for the week of December 6, 2021

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  5 blunt truths about college – Marybeth Bock shares important insights every parent with a HS student should read (my favorite: not all professors are skilled teachers).  As a bonus, she also recommends 5 books to check out that expand on her points.   Maximizing your campus visit – Consider making a college visit…

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