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Test-Optional Colleges

Test-Optional: Trend or New Tradition?

Fretting over your student’s SAT/ACT score and wondering if it sizes up in the eyes of their dream college?  It may not factor into their chance of admission whatsoever. In 2014, 20 colleges opted for the test-optional alteration to their admissions.  This adds to an already growing list and reached 815 colleges as of winter…

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Reviewing the FAFSA4caster

Families harboring upcoming or future college-bound students are unquestionably aware that the FAFSA season kicked off a couple of weeks ago: January 1st 2015. As you gather vital information and documents (such as household income) for the FAFSA, it may lend you a small peace of mind to get a general idea of your potential…

January Newsletter 2015: Ten Common FAFSA Mistakes, Taking a Gap Year & More

January Newsletter 2015  January marks the beginning of the FAFSA season.  It’s time to apply!  Every college has a different deadline.  Some are as early as January 15th.  If you submit your application as soon as possible, not only is it a load off your mind, but you’re also first in line to receive the…

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5 Tips to Stay Organized with College Applications

We know the college application process can be overwhelming.  Different schools have varying requirements and deadlines, and it can be hard to keep track of what’s due when.  It’s essential to stay consistently organized and keep everything straight.  That way you can make 100% sure nothing slips through the cracks.  Here are 6 quick tips…

Understanding the CSS Profile

While the CSS PROFILE® is required for only about 20 percent of private colleges, for students applying to those schools, the application can be overwhelming.  Many high school guidance counselors spend most of their time preparing students for submission of the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (which is required for all schools,…

FAFSA Mistakes to Avoid

Top 10 FAFSA Mistakes to Avoid

Are you ready to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?  Because the government and colleges give aid on a first come, first serve basis, it’s important to be submit as early as possible. Unfortunately, a single (seemingly harmless) mistake on your FAFSA can delay processing for weeks, moving your application behind the…