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Upcoming Changes to the ACT and SAT Tests

January 10th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

While not every college requires the submission of entrance exam outcomes from the ACT or SAT these days (see fairtest.org for a list of test optional colleges), at many schools it is still the case that test scores are a highly scrutinized component of a student’s application. Significantly, testing outcomes also serve as a leading […]

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The Impact of 529 Accounts on Financial Aid

April 23rd, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

I’m in the midst of a wonderful online course on Cutting the Cost of College, created and led by college financial aid expert Lynn O’Shaughnessy and her associate Michelle Kretzschmar. The majority of independent college counselors constantly tour and complete continuing education credits in order to better help their families, and I take this responsibility […]

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A Learning Effectiveness Program for Everyone

November 20th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

I have had the pleasure of hearing about the Learning Effectiveness Program at the University of Denver twice in three months time: in August while checking things out for a client of my education consulting practice, and two weeks ago with fellow members of the College Consultants of CO group. Both times the source of […]

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David and Goliath: Why Elite Isn’t Always Best

October 17th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

I preach this line to my clients all the time, usually without much success. The other variation in my practice is “Why Big Isn’t Always Best.” The following is a review by Alison Griswold from Business Insider of a college-related segment from Malcolm Gladwell’s latest tome David and Goliath, which I just purchased yesterday: Malcolm […]

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Financial Fit and the College Search

October 10th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Smart students with smart parents don’t stop the search process once they’ve identified numerous schools of interest. Unless they are wealthy and the sky is the limit for college costs, they also examine institutions for their generosity and pattern of distributing financial aid. How is this examination of financial fit accomplished? Here is a simple […]

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Expanding Your College List

September 23rd, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

If you’re like many students that I know, your college list is populated with schools not far from home and others that you’ve heard about from someone who knows someone who attended there and loved it. If you’ve been a strong student and you’re feeling lucky, perhaps you’re focused on high prestige/high selectivity schools that […]

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Recently Visited: Colorado Mesa University

August 21st, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Formerly Mesa State College, Colorado Mesa University seems to be on its way to greatness with newly added graduate programs, a new name, and an ever-increasing enrollment. I was in Grand Junction last weekend touring CMU with a client family, and we all came away with a positive impression. The campus architecture has really ascended […]

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Extracurricular Activities and College Admission

July 26th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Admission decisions are typically based on your academic record (GPA, rigor of courses taken, etc.), your test scores on the ACT/SAT (with the exception of test optional schools), an essay (typically required by more selective schools), recommendations from teachers, in some cases an interview, and your record of extracurricular activities. While not the weightiest component […]

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Net Price Calculators – College Financial Aid Planning Bonus

June 20th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

One truly helpful newer federal regulation (effective 2011) requires that any institution participating in Title IV federal student aid programs (the majority of schools) must post a net price calculator on its website.  NPCs allow students and families to see what they would likely receive in financial assistance from the school and from the government, […]

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Productive Summer Plans for High Schoolers

June 5th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Hopefully high school students realize that summer isn’t just a time to relax and enjoy the sun, but also a time to get a leg up with activities that can help later on with college admissions. Two kinds of pursuits are especially good: those that will broaden you that can be featured on your extracurricular […]

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