5 Factors To Weigh In Deciding Your College

5 Factors to Weigh in Deciding Your College

Deciding your college can still be a daunting task, even when you've been accepted to your favorite schools,. After all, you are not simply choosing where to live for the next 4 years, you are choosing your alma mater, your mentors, your future friends and colleagues.  Clearly, this is not to be taken lightly.  Here are a few things to consider seriously as you continue deciding your college. More Than Your Major Aside from your chosen major, how is this college…

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How Illinois Families Can Benefit From Higher Education Reform

How Illinois Families Can Benefit From Higher Education Reform

There is little debate that an educated society is to the benefit of all its members. While this is a fairly easy concept to get behind, the reality of higher education in America is that the betterment of society is not its only function; higher education is also a business. It is the culmination of these competing functions that have led to the student loan crisis we find ourselves in today. But what is there to do? The high price…

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Growing In Your Faith During College

Growing in Your Faith During College

Leaving for college doesn't mean you have to leave your faith behind at home. And, choosing a faith-centered college over a public university doesn't automatically mean your faith during college will strengthen. Everyone knows that college has many distractions. Studying. Parties. Events. Travel. Relationships. It is easy to push aside the faith community of your youth. The years spent in college are a perfect opportunity for you to explore your faith and continue to grow spiritually. In fact, some students…

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College Safety: How To Stay Safe On Campus

College Safety: How to Stay Safe on Campus

Many college students are simply unaware that they must look out for their own safety and security at college.  This may be the first time that they are away from home without a family member or close friend to look after them.  They must get used to new ways of doing things, a new place and a new schedule which may leave them walking around unfamiliar areas at odd times of the day and night. I always suggest that students find…

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Beware Of Student Loan Scams!

Beware of Student Loan Scams!

Debt, despite how essential it is for many American families trying to afford college, can be in and of itself the cause for quite a bit of stress. When you factor in the further difficulty students are having finding employment after graduation, and loan management companies that can be less than forthcoming with information that could ease your repayment burdens, the tension only grows. Wouldn't it be great if there was a trick or a quick fix to help get…

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Top Scholarship Myths

Top Scholarship Myths

  These are some scholarship myths I hear frequently in my role as an independent college admissions counselor: Scholarship Myth #1: Everyone has a scholarship. This is not true. Most money comes from the college itself in the form of grants or loans. Most people do not apply or use scholarship money. Schools often use the word “scholarship” in reference to many different things, even things like a “tuition discount.” Beware of the use of the word “scholarship.” Scholarship Myth #2: You should…

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What Is The Most Important Skill For Finding A Good Job?

What is the Most Important Skill for Finding a Good Job?

Many people have been over-emphasizing the fact that students need special credentials and certifications to prove themselves (for example, see Jeffrey Selingo's newest book.)  They take endless classes, get a myriad of certifications and read informative articles to educate themselves. I think this is the wrong approach. Instead, I think we need to do a better job of articulating what we have learned. People in the work force today seem to be having an unusually hard time articulating their skills. …

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Interpreting Your Financial Award Letters Can Be A Complicated Task

Interpreting Your Financial Award Letters Can Be a Complicated Task

Applying and subsequently gaining admission to a college or university is an exciting time for both you and your student. However, the exhilaration of an acceptance letter is invariably followed by the typically more sobering award letter; wherein you learn what will be expected of you financially. That is at least, their intended purpose. According to financial expert Mark Kantrowitz, almost 1/3 of financial aid award letters underestimate some of the costs of attendance, while other costs go unacknowledged altogether.…

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Best Ways To Graduate On Time In 4 Years

Best Ways to Graduate On Time in 4 Years

The average college student is taking 6 years to get a 4 year degree.  Don’t be part of that statistic!  Use these tips to graduate on time. Do your research!  When you are looking at colleges, look carefully at graduation rates and make sure that the majority of students are graduating in 4 years.  If they aren’t, ask why this is happening.  Is it because they run out of money?  Is it because they don’t have enough professors in certain…

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The Best Time To Report Your SAT Scores

The Best Time to Report Your SAT Scores

I decided to tackle this topic after I received a call from the worried parent of one of my students. Her son (named Zach for our purposes) had just taken the SAT for the first time and was in a near panic. After I experienced that sinking feeling any tutor of the " I am in this biz to make a difference" mindset is familiar with, mom told me the real problem. When Zach registered for the SAT, he did…

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