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What Happens If You Fail A Class In College?

Attending college is an exciting part of one's learning journey. The abundance of students, resources, and activities contribute to a friendly environment that makes it easy to find enjoyment. However, the allure of enjoyment can oftentimes result in poor academic performance. It isn't just parties or friendly gatherings that take time away from studying, but it can also be the innocent decision to get carried away in utilizing all of the resources. For aspiring creative writers, you won't be the…

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Our College Visit Checklist For Students And Parents

College visits are the best way for students and parents to identify if a college is a good fit for their family.  Virtual and high school visits are great ways to get an introduction to the college and decide if it’s worth visiting., whereas on-campus visits provide the most comprehensive experiences.  In my work as a high school counselor, I always recommend students visit in person whenever possible and encourage them to ask themselves the following questions: Can I see myself…

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Meet Juno Student Loans (Formerly LeverEdge)

Finally, you've selected the right college to pursue your undergraduate or postgraduate degree! You worked tirelessly to get your application approved to secure a seat in your dream college and everything seems to be going perfectly. But now, another hurdle lays ahead of you - paying your own tuition and student loans. The student community often feels dejected because they have no say over the interest rates, which they will be paying for a considerable part of their lives. What…

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When Should You Begin Thinking About Your Post-College Career?

Choosing a college major and finding the right college in which to pursue that major can feel overwhelming for both students and parents.  Although starting school as an undecided major is an option, it often leads to more time in college and more money spent on a degree in the long run.  Exploration, research, and visits are key college planning elements for moving from major distress to major decision. As such, it's best that students begin thinking about their post-college…

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Financial Aid Workshop Opportunities With MCPT

Nearly every student will need to apply for financial aid at some point in their life. Whether it is because they have a parent who is not able to cover the cost of tuition, or because they are seeking out scholarships and grants to help pay for school, these types of educational funding are important. However, there are many different types of financial aid and scholarship opportunities that can be confusing. Luckily,  we offer numerous financial aid workshop opportunities throughout…

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What To Do Once You’ve Received Your College Acceptance Letter

You’ve probably seen the viral videos: excited families all huddled around a computer waiting to open the decision from your student’s top college. By now, you’ve probably experienced it several times as well. There's nothing quite like the joy you feel when your child opens the crisp and overflowing envelopes in the mail heralding the acceptance to each university or the email with a burst of virtual confetti. The college acceptance process does not end here, however. In fact, there’s…

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EFC Too High?

EFC Too High? We’re Here To Help

By now your student has probably received award letters from the colleges to which they’ve been accepted and you might be thinking, “Wow. The bottom line looks a lot higher than we thought. Why is my expected family contribution so high?” You’re not alone. Very often a family’s expected family contribution (EFC) is more than they had anticipated, but this isn’t the time to panic - it’s time to appeal. Remember that a college’s first offer is not usually its…

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Can You Appeal A College Rejection?

Can You Appeal A College Rejection?

Right in time for Valentine’s day, hearts are being won and broken by college acceptance and rejection letters. Students faced with an unwanted decision may have the question: can you appeal or reverse a college rejection? Experts say yes, you can, but with caution. Only 2% of appeals on average are successful and some colleges do not even allow appeals.  So what’s the process for an admissions decision appeal? First, take a cooling-off period for a few days to allow…

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How To Connect With Your High School Advisor

How To Work With Your High School Advisor

Your high school student likely has access to a wizard who can help them explore academic and career interests, prepare for college and assist with college planning. This wizard, who wears many hats, is also trained in mental health and can provide brief social-emotional counseling at school during any rough patches your student encounters. This wizard is a high school advisor (most commonly referred to as a high school counselor). If you and your teen don't know your high school…

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How Many Credits Per Semester Should I Take

How Many Credits Should I Take Per Semester?

The work to be accepted to the school of your student's choice has been done.  You and your student have checked off the list by... visiting the school submitting the application  being accepted paying the housing deposit and buying everyone in the family awesome college gear Now, it's time to register for classes, but your new college student may be lost on where to begin. Like most students, they're probably wondering "how many credits should I take a semester?". Here,…

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