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“What is considered a good SAT score depends on the colleges and universities you are applying to. Typically, the higher your SAT score, the greater your chances of getting into a top school.”

Appily, “What is a Good SAT Score?” Feature article with quotes from Eric Flessa from MCPT, April 21, 2024

“The College Board, the arbiter of college admission in this country, has drastically changed not only the format of the SAT but also how it is administered and scored. “

Appily, “The Digital SAT: the 2024 Digital SAT Format Explained” Feature article by Eric Flessa from MCPT, April 21, 2024

“By this time of year, high school juniors and seniors who are planning to attend college. It’s a time that’s fraught with emotion for most parents, and if their child has a qualifying disability and an individualized education program (IEP) in high school, parents have an additional reason for concern.”

Thrive with Paralysis, “How to Help a College-Bound Student With a Disability” Feature article with quotes from Samantha Bartek from MCPT, March 3, 2024

“Thanks to a law effective this year, money from grandparents won’t count against the amount students can get for financial aid.”

Rethinking65, “Grandparent Trap Becomes Grandparent Loophole” Feature article with quotes from Billie Joe from MCPT, Feb 17, 2024

“Even amid the botched rollout of the new financial aid form, a rule change will let some grandparents help pay for college without compromising aid eligibility.”

NY Times, “Some Good FAFSA News: There’s a Loophole for Grandparents” Feature article with quotes from Billie Joe from MCPT, Feb 17, 2024

“Creating a well-balanced college list is a meticulous process that involves careful research and consideration of numerous factors. “

Appily, “How to Make a College List” Feature article by Samantha Bartek from MCPT, Feb 8, 2024

“While it may be instinct to aim for high-dollar, national college scholarships, experts say this may turn students into a “little fish in a big pond.” Instead, local scholarships may often offer less competition and a greater chance for success.”

U.S. News, “How to Find Local Scholarships for College” Feature article with quotes from Sara Shaver from MCPT, Jan 22, 2024

“It’s a time that’s fraught with emotion for most parents, and if their child has a qualifying disability and an individualized education program (IEP) in high school, parents have an additional reason for concern.”

Thrive with Paralysis, “How to Help a College-Bound Student With a Disability” Feature article with quotes from Samantha Bartek from MCPT, Jan 29, 2024

“What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we often ask of little kids. But when you get to high school, the question becomes more significant.”

Appily, “Career Planning for High School Students” Feature article by Ray Giese from MCPT, Jan 10, 2024

“It’s the time of year high school seniors and their parents are diving head first into the college decision process. But it isn’t only seniors who are contemplating college.”

Tribune Content Agency, “It’s never too early for someone to think about their future career path” A nationally syndicated article with quotes from Ray Giese from MCPT, Dec 20, 2023

“If you have a qualifying disability, how should you be thinking about college? You should be thinking about going! Students with disabilities make up one-fifth of the college population.”

Thrive with Paralysis, If You’re Looking for a College or University, Ask These Questions First” Feature article by Samantha Bartek from MCPT, Dec 26, 2023

“If your child has a qualifying disability and an IEP (individualized education plan) in high school, how should you guide them in the college search process?”

Appily, “Disability Accommodations in College” Feature article by Samantha Bartek from MCPT, Dec 19, 2023

“The cost of college can be significant and can put a strain on a family’s finances if not managed wisely. That’s why it’s essential to create a budget for college expenses early on.”

CPAPA, “Creating a Budget for College Expenses: Tips for Clients” Feature article by Billie Jo Weis from MCPT, Dec 4, 2023

“the hard work you put into researching and applying for outside scholarships may not ultimately be beneficial if the college to which you are applying practices “scholarship displacement.””

Appily, “Scholarship Displacement: the Potential Downside to Outside Scholarships” Feature article by Billie Jo Weis from MCPT, Dec 5, 2023

“As a graduate of one small college (1,000 students in a town of 10,500) and former employee of another (900 students in a town of 10,000), I want to make a suggestion as your students are exploring colleges: Don’t be too quick to cross small-town and rural colleges off the list.”

Link For Counselors, “Don’t dismiss small-town colleges” Feature article by Peter Pitts from MCPT, December 1, 2023

“Ghouls and goblins aren’t the only thing lurking around the corner this season. Big changes are coming to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and they may be just as frightening!”

Link For Counselors, “Is the new FAFSA as frightening as we imagine?” Feature article by Jennifer Harpham from MCPT, October 9, 2023

“College is a thrilling and transformative period for young adults. It’s a time when students are not only expanding their knowledge, but also developing crucial life skills and figuring out who they are and where they may fit career-wise upon graduation.”

Link For Counselors, “8 Reasons a Student Should Work a Part-Time Job During College” Feature article by Samantha Bartek from MCPT, October 10, 2023

At last, all college-bound students taking the SAT® college entrance exam are entering the digital age. Starting in 2024, the U.S. SAT will shift from the old pencil-and-paper format to an onscreen-only format.”

Forbes Advisor, “SAT To Go Fully Digital In 2024” Feature article with quotes from Rich Goldman from MCPT, Nov 15, 2023

“Many colleges and universities now have test-optional admission policies, but most high school students still take the ACT or SAT in order to apply to college, get scholarships, and participate in honors programs.”

Appily, “What’s On the ACT? & How to Study for It” Feature article with quotes from Rich Goldman from MCPT, Nov 19, 2023

“While most families want their children to go to college, parents and kids may come to conflict over different aspects of the process — a student might want to go out of state, while the parents want them to stay in state.”

GOBankingRates, “How To Solve Differences in College Plans and Still Protect Your Wallet” Feature article with quotes from Tamika Thomas from MCPT, May 6, 2022

“As parents of college-bound students, you know that higher education comes with not just academic challenges, but financial ones as well. The cost of college can be significant and can put a strain on your family’s finances if not managed wisely.”

Link For Counselors, “Creating a Budget for College Expenses: Money Management Tips for Parents” Feature article by Billie Jo Weis from MCPT, October 4, 2023

“Interviews typically aren’t required for undergraduate admission but can be a helpful part of the process of finding the college that’s right for you.”

Appily, “Guide to College Interviews: College Interview Questions, Tips, & More” Feature article by Diane Schwemm, October 21, 2023

“For the first time in about 40 years, some significant changes have been made in the rules for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Not all of them are welcome.”

Rethinking65, “New College Aid Rules: Which Assets Count?” Feature article by Jack Schacht & Jim Kraiss from MCPT, September 26, 2023

“With the cost of college outpacing inflation and wage growth, it’s become harder and harder for families with college-bound students to manage the costs.”

Chicago Tribune Media Group, “Tips for how grandparents can help with college tuition”, Page 6, October 8, 2023

“As the college application season kicks into high gear, parents of college-bound students may find themselves trying to figure out which of the various deadline options are best for their student.”

Link For Counselors, “Navigating Early Decision and Early Action Deadlines” Feature article by Amanda Gohl from MCPT, October 6, 2023

“As the school year winds down, it’s important for incoming high school seniors and their parents to understand why summer – besides being a great time to hang out at the pool! — is a great opportunity to start writing that all-important college application essay.”

Rethinking65, “Grandparents Paying for College Will Soon Have More Options” Feature article by Billie Jo Weis from MCPT, August 15, 2023

“New rules are expected to make it easier for grandparents to help their grandkids, if you clearly explain them.”

Grown and Flown, “New FAFSA Rules Create ‘Grandparent Loophole’ for 529 plans” Feature article by Billie Jo Weis from MCPT, August 11, 2023

“The long-awaited changes under the FAFSA Simplification Act will finally see the light of day in December when the U.S. Department of Education releases the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2024-2025 academic year.”

Link For Counselors, “Summer is Primetime for Writing College Application Essays” Feature article by Elizabeth Lough from MCPT, July 2, 2023

“As summer arrives, many college-bound high school students and their parents are wondering if it’s worth visiting campuses while college students are on summer break.”

Link For Counselors, “Why summer campus visits are worthwhile” Feature article by Elizabeth Lough from MCPT, June 21, 2023

“Deciding to attend college is one of the biggest decisions one will make in one’s lifetime. Some may wish to obtain certifications in other fields as a career path versus attending junior college, four-year colleges or universities, but the final decision will affect one’s life forever.”

Link For Counselors, “How to help your students research colleges” Feature article by Joanne Leone from MCPT, August 22, 2022

“In these days of overstimulation from social media, the ongoing pandemic, news broadcasts, working too many hours, taking college prep courses and trying to have an enjoyable home life, student burnout is more prevalent. But what exactly is it, how can we help our students avoid it or at least have tools to lessen its hold on our lives”

Link For Counselors, “Burnout: How to help your student & yourself achieve balance in work, school and life” Feature article by Joanne Leone from MCPT, August 17, 2022

“Student loan entrance counseling aids students as they go forward toward financing their college education for the first time. Some loans like Federal Student Loans require student loan counseling, whereas private loans do not.”

Link For Counselors, “How student loan counseling can help your students” Feature article by Joanne Leone from MCPT, August 15, 2022

“As a graduate of one small college (1,000 students in a town of 10,500) and former employee of another (900 students in a town of 10,000), I want to make a suggestion as you and your student are exploring colleges: Don’t be too quick to cross small-town and rural colleges off your list.”

Collegiate Parent, “Don’t Dismiss Small-Town Colleges” Feature article by V. Peter Pitts from MCPT, August 15, 2022

“How to select campus housing may come up in one of your discussions with your students.  It would seem that there are only two choices of where to live during college life, and the final decision should be an easy one, right?”

Link For Counselors, “Exploring college living options with your students” Feature article by Joanne Leone from MCPT, August 11, 2022

“Imagine you’ve gone through the hard work of finding, applying, and finally winning a scholarship. Although this exciting win is considered a good thing in most cases, students may be surprised and disappointed to learn that colleges can potentially reduce their financial aid as a result of their scholarship winnings. “

Link For Counselors, “Watch Out For Scholarship Displacement” Feature article by Anna Ma from MCPT, June 29, 2022

“In my work as a college counselor, I encourage high school students and their families to approach the college search process with the mindset that college fit doesn’t mean finding the one college where a student would be successful (college is not like a soulmate), but rather seeking many colleges that would let a student be happy, grow and learn.”

Link For Counselors, “Why Attend College In A Small Town?” Feature article by V. Peter Pitts from MCPT, July 8, 2022

“One factor that parents and students need to think of a bit more carefully before crossing a school off their list is the size and location of the college’s town.”

Collegiate Parent, “The Right Way To Explore Colleges” Feature article by Paige Buttels from MCPT, 2022

“Students need to be proactive in seeking out scholarships and searching for them consistently and from multiple sources.”

Incfile, “How to Get a Scholarship During Summer Break” with quotes by Amelia Manning from MCPT, May 31, 2022 

“While most families want their children to go to college, parents and kids may come to conflict over different aspects of the process”

GO Banking Rates, “How To Solve Differences in College Plans and Still Protect Your Wallet” with quotes by Tamika Thomas from MCPT, May 6, 2022

“The moment your child is ready to go off to college is a big, exciting, and also nerve-wracking time in a family’s life.”

Yahoo!, “How To Solve Differences in College Plans and Still Protect Your Wallet” with quotes by Tamika Thomas from MCPT, May 6, 2022

“Appeals aren’t always successful ­— my success rate for my clients is a little more than 50 percent. But by using these tips, you can increase your chances of success right from the start.”

Collegiate Parent, “EFC Too High? Tips for Successful Aid Appeals” Feature article by Billie Jo Weis from MCPT, 2022

“Here are some tips for success when it comes to course selection.”

Collegiate Parent, “How Many Classes Should They Take?” Feature article by Shane Cole from MCPT, 2022

“A monetary gift to a grandchild may result in a tax event on the grandparents’ end or interfere with financial aid eligibility for the student.”

Accounting Today, “A grandparents’ guide to funding college” with quotes by Billie Jo Weiss from MCPT, January 11, 2022

“Should I apply test optional? I believe students AND parent(s) should consider several factors before making their decisions.”

Collegiate Parent, “Should My Student Apply Test Optional?” Feature article by Shane Cole from MCPT, 2021.

“What Is Ikigai? The term combines two Japanese words: iki, meaning “alive,” and gai, meaning “benefit” or “worth.” … The right college will help lead your student to their ikigai.”

Collegiate Parent, “Help Your Undecided Student Find Their Ikigai” Feature article by Peter Pitts from MCPT, 2021

“The campus visit is the most important part of a student’s college search process. Here are some suggestions for making the most of those visits. Most of these apply more to small colleges than large universities, but some apply to all.”

Collegiate Parent, “How to Optimize Your College Visits” Feature article by Peter Pitts from MCPT, 2021

“One often-overlooked category is small residential colleges. By “small,” I mean fewer than 3,000 full-time undergraduate students living on campus, of which there are about 700 in the U.S.”

Collegiate Parent, “Top 10 Advantages of a Small College” Feature article by Peter Pitts from MCPT, 2021

“In my work as a college admissions consultant with My College Planning Team, I advise students and their families to not focus only on the big universities but also to consider the advantages of small colleges. Many small colleges are just too cool to be completely overlooked in the search process.”

Collegiate Parent, “How to Find That ‘Small College’ Experience at a Big U,” Feature article by Peter Pitts from MCPT, 2021

“Undecided” is one of the most popular major choices among college freshmen. In my experience as a high school counselor, I’ve heard widely varying opinions on this. Some say every student should go into college undecided so they can explore their interests without pressure. Others say that, to avoid wasting time and money, undecided students should first attend community college before enrolling in a four-year college or university.

Collegiate Parent, “Is Your Student Undecided About Their Major?” Feature article by Paige Buttels from MCPT, 2021

“Families continue to get squeezed by the cost of college, but there is one way to dramatically cut costs — graduating in three years. That doesn’t have to mean overloading on Advance Placement classes in high school or taking the maximum number of credits each semester in college. What it does mean is doing some homework to learn about the options before deciding whether this approach is workable for an individual student.

Collegiate Parent, “How to Save a Year’s Worth of College Tuition” Feature article by Erin Hack  from MCPT, 2020

In summary, if your student is undecided about their upcoming major, that’s perfectly normal. You can help them understand the implications of enrolling as undecided — and engage in a process of learning more about themselves and where they want to be.”

Collegiate Parent, “5 Things to Consider if Your Student is Undecided about Their Major” Feature article by Paige Buttels from MCPT, 2020

Students should never pay a fee to submit a scholarship application or to be entered into a potential recipient pool; this is a red flag, industry participants say. They should also avoid opportunities that tout a money-back guarantee. ‘If they are asking you to pay for free money, it’s a scam.’ says Shane Cole, a scholarship and college counselor at Addison Trail High School in Addison, IL.’

Wall Street Journal, “How to Avoid College-Scholarship Scams” with quotes by Shane Cole from MCPT, January 2, 2020

Contacting a school’s financial aid office can help a student stay in college when that package turns out not to be enough.  This I especially important now that families have to cope with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Collegiate Parent, “Struggling with College Expenses? Reach Out to the Financial Aid Office” Feature article by Billie Jo Weis from MCPT, February 14, 2020

“Now more than ever, middle class families need help figuring out how they can afford college.  With many families having to do more with less, knowing the ins and outs of the financial aid system can be key to helping them cut college costs.”

Link for Counselors, “You Don’t Have to Be an Expert to Help Families Afford College” Feature article by Shane Cole from MCPT, December 11, 2019

It doesn’t matter what you put your money into to save for college-starting as early as possible is universally the best decision you can make.”

Collegiate Parent, “The Smartest Ways to Save for Your Child’s College Education”  Feature article by Jim Kraiss from MCPT, CFP, September 16, 2020

“We know that adults spend the majority of their waking hours at work which has a huge impact on their overall life satisfaction.  With this in mind, it’s important for students to consider the value in selecting a career field that will bring contentment and spark joy.”

Collegiate Parent, “Career Exploration for High School Students-3 Steps to Follow” Feature article by Paige Buttels from MCPT, August 17, 2020

“Saving on college means more than just earning scholarships or financial aid awards.  It also means being wise at tax time so you don’t miss out on deductions that can save you money.”

Collegiate Parent, “Tax Tips for College Parents” Feature article by Billie Jo Weiss from MCPT, April 7, 2020

The best way to position yourself for a career switch is to have a clear understanding of what you do best and how you can add value to the company’s team, says career coach Ray Giese of My College Planning Team.”

Chicago Tribune, “How to prepare for a career change post-coronavirus” Feature article by Ray Geise from MCPT, June 08, 2020

“At some colleges and universities, the more outside scholarship money students have the less  money they’ll receive from their college. It’s called “scholarship displacement,” and it often  comes as a shock to families who are counting on that scholarship money to send their student to  their dream school.”

CollegiateParent, “Are Outside Scholarships Worth the Trouble?” Feature article by Matt Grezetich from MCPT

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