The Why and How of College Essays

Last week, I provided ideas on how to help your teen when they’re reluctant to write their college essay. I fully empathize with these teens, as writing does not come naturally to me. Remember, the process doesn’t have to start with a blank screen or a piece of paper. You can click here to...

Motivating Your Resistant Teen to Write Their College Essay

It’s time to start putting together everything you need for college applications – high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, lists of all the volunteer and paid jobs, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, copies of driver’s license and social security card, medical records, college aid forms, etc. Getting this information can be time-consuming but...

The High Price of Applying to College

When we think of college planning, we think about saving for tuition, textbooks, or living expenses. What I am focusing on is when it’s time to actually identify, visit, and apply to college. I hear from parents who have been through the process who say, “I wish someone had told me how much money...

How A CSS Profile Impacts College Aid

This week’s blog covers the last bit of my interview with Jim Anderson of Making College Worth it.  If you miss the last two segments, Easy Tips to Reduce College Debt and Navigating the Confusing College Aid System, click on the titles to access. One of the biggest aha-ha’s I got from my meeting...

Navigating the Confusing Financial Aid System

How to pay for college is probably the number one stressor for parents. In my last post, I shared part of my interview with Jim Anderson of Making College Worth It. Jim helps parents find the right school based on their child’s interests and what the parent can afford.  Last week, we focused on...

Why Trade School Is A Viable Option For Your Child

A mom on posted on Facebook this beautiful wood carved table that her high school son had crafted. She asked, “Should I be sending my son to college when he can make items like this?” Many commented that yes, he needs to go to college and get a business degree because someday he might...

Things You Didn’t Know About College Applications

I am so excited to share this week’s special blog with you. I interviewed Linda Dennis, a college application expert. Her business is iCollege Consulting. Linda has helped many parents and kids navigate through the college application process. Linda has a lot to share with us about the college application process. You are really...

The College Application Process

You’ve narrowed down the choice of colleges and, now together, it is time to look into the schools’ costs, activities, clubs, sports and other things to be involved in. There is more to college than just class and homework, so having other activities in your child’s life will benefit them thoroughly. After choosing what...

The Two Dangers of Applying as Undecided

The first step of getting into college is to have your child apply to multiple schools that they think would benefit them. Benefits would encompass location, class size, graduation rate, etc. Some thought is given to what majors the school offers. However, most students don’t decide and just wait until after they start college....

Creating a High School Resume

When your student is in high school they probably don’t spend much time thinking about a resume. Plus, what sorts of things are they supposed to put on there if they are just in high school working a part-time job and playing some sports? You may be surprised to find out that colleges and...

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