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5 last chance strategies for parents of juniors

By Chris Wills | December 3, 2015

With the recent change in the FAFSA, this year’s junior class will be the first to use tax information from 2 years prior to their year of HS graduation, as opposed to the current 1 year. In other words, starting with 2017 HS grads, a family’s tax information from 2015 — or the spring of…

Visiting Colleges Checklist

By Chris Wills | September 16, 2015

The folks at have put together a nice and detailed checklist to use when visiting colleges; we suggest filling this out for each of your visits and then using it as a basis for comparison: Visiting_Colleges_Checklist

3 Key Questions to Determine When to Take Standardized Tests

By Chris Wills | September 16, 2015

Most families don’t realize that timing should be a consideration when taking standardized tests, and Lauren Gaggioli of shares 3 main criteria she uses to determine whether students should take their first test in the fall or the spring.   Question #1: What level math is your student in?   If your student is…

Calculate Your Chance of Admission

By Chris Wills | September 16, 2015

Curious if you have what it takes to get admitted to certain universities? Check out the College Chanculator tool courtesy of Veritas Prep. Note that you will have to create an account to view the results and you can opt-in if you would like to have your info shared with colleges.

Tough College Visit Questions to Ask

By Chris Wills | September 11, 2015

Article By Making It Count and FastWeb About Academics What academic elements are considered in the admissions process, for example: courses, grades, test scores, rank, interests, institutional needs, essays, recommendations, and interviews? How important are each of these factors? Is the college/university accredited? How many students return after their freshman year? What percentage of students…

Strategies for Maximizing Aid Eligibility

By Chris Wills | September 11, 2015

These strategies will have the largest impact on need-based aid eligibility. By implementing these strategies, you will be able to maximize your aid eligibility and therefore have a chance of receiving more financial aid. None of these strategies are guaranteed, but they do offer the best chance. Save money in the parent’s name, not the child’s name.…

Scholarship Search Secrets

By Chris Wills | September 11, 2015

The Student Loan Network has delivered their Sixth Edition of Scholarship Search Secrets and it’s definitely worth a download and used as a fundamental resource. Topics include ones such as, “A Brief Overview of Financial Aid”; Basic Scholarship Tips; Avoiding Scholarship Scams; and fifteen Scholarship Search Secrets that covers a wealth of information.

Unusual Scholarships

By Jay Benanav | September 11, 2015

While definitely the most popular, unusual scholarships are oftentimes the most exclusive. Their eligibility requirements are strict, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find an unusual scholarship for which you qualify. This list of scholarships s organized according to some of the more common subcategories of unusual scholarships, such as physical characteristics, creativity, last name,…

Graduation Rates

By Chris Wills | September 11, 2015

Knowing the graduation rates of the schools you are considering might mean the difference between paying 4 or 5 years worth of tuition. When combined with the lost opportunity of earning an income while your son or daughter is in school the extra year, that adds up to quite a bit of money. The Chronicle…

Scholarship Search Sites

By Chris Wills | September 11, 2015

There are plenty of good, free scholarship search sites on the web that you should never pay to search for scholarships. Most of these sites, however, require you to create a profile and provide an email, which usually means you end up getting hundreds of unwanted emails from colleges or other places trying to sell…