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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3 Questions To Answer Before You Choose Your College

3 Questions to Answer Before You Choose Your College

Your college acceptances and awards are finally finding their way to your inbox.  How will you finally choose your college?  Even though you may have a favorite, we advise you ask yourself several tough questions before you make your choice. Is This College Where I Felt the Greatest Connection to Faculty? So why the big deal with the college faculty?  Because they are your primary mentors in the college environment.  They will help guide your reason for being there—to learn…

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The 2 Questions You Must Always Ask Yourself

The 2 Questions You Must Always Ask Yourself

I often think about two basic questions which have shown up multiple times in my life and will continue to keep me thinking.  Since I struggle with these questions, I am especially empathetic to young people as I ask them and they ask themselves these important questions. Questions You Must Always Ask Yourself: #1 - What do you want? This first question is usually the harder of the two and the more important of the two.  We have so many…

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Online Learning: Tips For Success In Digital Classrooms

Online Learning: Tips for Success in Digital Classrooms

You’re probably used to having some aspect of your class held in the digital realm, but taking an entirely digital class is a horse of a different color. There are so many benefits to online learning, but it’s important that you are prepared to make the most of your time. Manage Expectations of Online Learning Ask any student who has taken a college-level online course and they’ll tell you that it’s easily as challenging (sometimes more so) than a physical…

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Analyzing Your College Award Letters

Analyzing your College Award Letters

College award letters are already fairly confusing. What's worse, they can often be somewhat misleading. This is especially problematic– considering major decisions are made based upon that first award letter; when the next one could be dramatically different. Before you accept a school’s award, there are a few steps you can take to better ensure you won't be left out in the cold later. Avoid the Bait and Switch What you see may not end up being what you get.…

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Finding The Best-Fit College For A Student With Disabilities

Finding the Best-Fit College for a Student with Disabilities

Finding the best-fit college for a student with disabilities will take some work, but it is absolutely possible. Here are some words of advice if you know a young person with any kind of disability (physical, learning disabilities, mental health issues, etc.) who is considering higher education: Research is key in finding the best-fit college for a student with disabilities It is important for families (especially the student!) to do their due diligence to research schools starting in their child’s…

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