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The Impact of 529 Accounts on Financial Aid

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 … Continue reading

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ACT Prep – Practice Makes Perfect

Although not every college requires the submission of entrance exam outcomes from the ACT or SAT these days, at many schools it is still the case that test scores are a highly scrutinized component of a student’s application, and perhaps … Continue reading

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A Learning Effectiveness Program for Everyone

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 … Continue reading

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David and Goliath: Why Elite Isn’t Always Best

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 … Continue reading

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Financial Fit and the College Search

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 … Continue reading

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Expanding Your College List

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 … Continue reading

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Recently Visited: Colorado Mesa University

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, … Continue reading

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Extracurricular Activities and College Admission

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 … Continue reading

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Net Price Calculators – College Financial Aid Planning Bonus

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 … Continue reading

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Productive Summer Plans for High Schoolers

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 … Continue reading

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