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College Planning for the High School Freshman

Today, a record 20 million are expected to attend college this fall – that’s 70% of all high school graduates. This means that for students aspiring to attend elite colleges, competition is higher than ever. Ambitious high school students know how to prepare during their sophomore, junior, and senior years. Unfortunately, however, most seem to…

Letters of Recommendation – The Ins and Outs of Asking

An important part of the college application is letters of recommendation. How do you go about asking teachers, employers or mentors for one? With these 6 simple tips, asking for a letter will become second nature and the content of these letters will be positively reflective of your capabilities. Who You Ask Matters: When considering…

Summer of Seniors – Tips & Tricks to Preparing for Senior Year & Beyond

Senior year can be a time of exciting experiences and lifelong memories, but it is also a critical year of a student’s life when it comes to determining the next vital step in mapping their future. The summer before senior year can have its moments of care free youthfulness, but in addition to the hot…

What Does “Need-Blind” Admissions Mean?

When most students apply to college, they expect to be accepted based on their merits and not financial aid. Some schools, like Wesleyan University, are known for “need-blind” admissions, meaning they consider a student regardless of their ability to pay, in addition to offering to meet all of their financial needs. This isn’t always a…

Capital Gains Impact Eligibility for Need-Based Financial Aid

Many parents with college-bound children consider selling stocks, bonds and other investments to help pay for school, but unless said investments are held within a qualified 529 tuition plan, such as a college savings plan, the capital gains from selling those investments can negatively impact the child’s eligibility for need-based financial aid. Capital gains occur…

Is Selective Service Registration Required Before Receiving Federal Student Aid?

Selective Service Registration is currently required for all male U.S. citizens and male permanent resident aliens born after December 31, 1959. Students who fail to register for Selective Service before turning 26 are not eligible for Federal student aid. Whether currently a student, or planning to attend college in the future, this information will be…