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Congratulations to Sophia Richter, High Point University Class of 2027!

By Sonja Buckmeier | January 11, 2023

Congratulations to Sophia Richter of Liberty High School in Kansas City, MO! Sophia will be attending High Point University in North Carolina after applying Early Decision. She will be pursuing a biology degree and plans to pursue medical school. She was awarded the Presidential Scholarship and will travel to High Point, NC in late January…

Highly Selective College Deferring and Suggesting EDII? Here’s What to Know

By Susan Whalen | December 31, 2022

Deferred at your highly selective school, with an option to choose Early Decision II?  Here’s what you need to know. Numbers of applications submitted to Highly/Most Selective Colleges continues its strong upward trend during the currect application cycle.  Admissions officers have speculated a number of reasons for this much higher rate of applications.   Online learning…

Deferred: What to Know and What to Do Next

By Susan Whalen | December 31, 2022

1.5 MIN VIDEO: “Why Was I Deferred, and What Do I Do About It?”   Deferred: What to Know and What to Do Next This is the season for colleges to release Early Action/Early Decision/Restrictive or Single-Choice Early Action decisions. We know that this is both an exciting and nerve-wracking time. Year over year, the…

Make The Most Of Your College Tour!

By Susan Whalen | December 19, 2022

By CIT Consultant Lessa Scherrer See also Insider Tips on the Successful College Tour, with CIT Consultant Lessa Scherrer   Traditionally, the college tour consists of an information session led by someone from the admissions office and a student-led campus tour. Over the last few years, many tours have been restricted to outside visits to…

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Can We Juggle Assets to Make Ourselves Need-based?

By Susan Whalen | November 3, 2022

  In this three minute video, CIT Education and Partnerships lead Cozy Wittman answers the perennial questions asked by high-EFC parents in search of college dollars: “Can we juggle assets to make ourselves need-based? What can we do to make ourselves needier on the FAFSA and CSS Profile?”      Learn the single strongest factor determining whether…

Freshman Best Practice: Find a Living Learning Community!

By Susan Whalen | October 22, 2022

Stephanie George, College Inside Track Consultant Hello, Stephanie!  Our topic today is Living Learning Communities (LLCs).  I know that you’re a proponent of them. What exactly is an LLC, and what colleges have them?  A living learning community is a smaller community in a college or university; students in an LLC have common interests and…

Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Applications Open

By Susan Whalen | October 17, 2022

Student loan forgiveness applications open  The Department of Education has launched a beta test of its application website for those seeking debt relief. Federal student loan borrowers can now submit applications through the Department’s beta mode website. Borrowers who submit their applications now will not need to resubmit them once the Department of Education begins…

FAFSA changes for financial advisors

By Chris Wills | September 15, 2022

  Check out the following video from College Inside Track President Chris Wills providing a helpful overview of the new changes to the FAFSA that financial advisors need to know about, as they will require new planning strategies for many clients

The Test Optional Path in the 2022/23 Application Cycle: Q and A with CIT  College Testing Policies Expert Tiffany Kolb

By Susan Whalen | July 29, 2022

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 cycle, possibilities of test optional applications at highly selective colleges, and the process of determining whether or not to submit scores Q:  Tiffany, in general terms, what’s new on…

Jay Benanav Q and A: Financial Aid Issues for 2023 HS Graduates

By Susan Whalen | July 29, 2022

College Inside Track founder and nationally recognized college admissions financial aid expert Jay Benanav discusses some of the most salient college financial aid issues relative to the 2022-2023 application cycle   Q: Jay, what is new and reportable in the 2022 landscape of financial aid?  What have we learned in the last application cycle?  Even…

Five Minute Video Tour of Milwaukee School of Engineering, with Dr. Heather McCowen

By Susan Whalen | July 16, 2022

Click here: Five Minutes on the Milwaukee School of Engineering Campus Spend five minutes with CIT Consultant Dr. Heather McCowen as she takes you on a high-spirited tour of Milwaukee School of Engineering.  Twenty undergraduate programs in a wide variety of engineering disciplines; robust business, nursing and math majors, plus minors ranging from Spanish to…

Cozy Wittman on Wicked Pissah Podcast: Financial Strategies Driving the College Search

By Susan Whalen | July 14, 2022

  Cozy Wittman, Wicked Pissah Podcast, Episode 118 College Inside Track’s Cozy Wittman offers a really fun, comprehensive discussion around the college search.  With strong advice for financial advisers, the podcast speaks to all listeners with a stake in the college search. When should families begin thinking about the college search?  When should the scholarship…