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It is Time to Fill out the FAFSA for Financial Aid

Each year, families find themselves completing at least one, if not two, financial aid forms for college scholarships. The forms may seem daunting but without them, no aid will be forthcoming. To apply for federal student aid, you need to complete the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA [...]

The Benefits of Today’s College Co-Op Programs

If you are a senior, this is the time of year you are finalizing your college list and applying to these colleges. If you are a junior in high school, you are beginning to investigate colleges and majors of interest. Most high school students (and their parents) are unaware of Cooperative Education Programs available in multiple majors at many colleges and universities throughout the United States. There are many benefits to getting involved in a co-op program. Below is a blog I posted several years ago, discussing co-op programs. Enjoy! Andi These days, the “college internship” can often be viewed [...]

What Type of College Application Plan is Best for YOUR Teen?

Most families do not realize there are several types of application plans offered by colleges and universities. Deciding which is best for your child, will help determine what schools to apply to, and the timelines that need to be adhered to when applying to specific schools. Before deciding on which type of application plan is right for your child, you need to thoroughly understand the difference. There are two types of application plans, Non-Restrictive Plans and Restrictive Plans. Non-Restrictive Applications Plans allow students to wait until May 1 to confirm enrollment. These include: Regular Decision is the application process [...]

College Touring 101 – How to Make the Most of Your College Tour

At this time of year, most juniors have narrowed down their list of prospective colleges and are planning to tour as many as possible. To get the most out of your tour you need to develop a touring strategy.  Here are my suggestions for devising an effective tour:Schedule your visit in advance. Each college posts its touring schedule on its website. Pick your date and sign up for an official tour. Plan on spending enough time there to not only complete the official tour but to include things like eating a meal in a dining hall, sitting in on a [...]

By | 2019-05-16T11:40:37-07:00 May 15th, 2019|College Tips|0 Comments

10 Financial Aid Forms You Can’t Afford to Forget

A previous blog discussed the importance of timely completion of the FAFSA. Parents should be diligently completing this form and strictly adhering to the timeline. The form is complicated and there are many websites devoted to helping you. This blog is equally important in your search for financial aid. Wendy David-Games, from StudentAdvisor.com, wrote a compelling article about all the financial forms you may need to complete in order to be eligible for the MOST financial aid. The article is reproduced below. Colleges determine which financial aid applications they require to calculate financial aid awards. There are billions of dollars in [...]

Demonstrated Interest – What Is It and Why Is It Important?

College admissions tips to make sure you are noticed with specific programs and counselors at the admissions office. Andi Primmer gets 100% of her clients into college and 96% into the top 3 choices and has been working with clients for over 17 years. Get into the best fit college for you!

Are You A Senior? – The Next Step after Completing College Applications

Senior who have now completed their college applications are beginning the waiting period for finding out if they have been accepted into college. What are the next steps?  There are several things seniors should be doing while waiting for the results of their hard work: Use your individual college ID to check the status of your application online. If any information is missing, quickly send it to the school. Check it weekly for updates. Make certain the FAFSA application is completed by mid-January for your best chance of receiving financial aid. Parents and students should each get an ID number [...]

By | 2019-01-21T08:08:57-07:00 January 19th, 2019|College Tips|0 Comments

10 College Interview Mistakes and How to Correct Them

Make Sure the Impression You Make is a Good One The college interview probably isn't the most important part of your application, but it can help you if you make a good impression. A bad impression can hurt your chances of getting accepted.  During the interview, DO NOT... 1. Be Late Your interviewers are busy people. Alumni interviewers are probably taking time out of their full-time jobs to meet with you, and campus admissions folks often have back-to-back appointments scheduled. Lateness disrupts schedules and shows irresponsibility on your part.   DO- Plan on arriving a full 30 minutes early to avoid problems. 2. [...]

By | 2018-12-17T16:43:57-07:00 December 17th, 2018|College Tips|0 Comments

How to Write a Compelling Essay for your College Application

Almost all colleges require applicants to write an essay. Why, you may ask? Aren’t great grades and SAT/ACT scores more important? Colleges have many requirements for gaining admittance and grades and SAT/ACT scores are just part of the overall picture you present to a college. However, the number of applications received by colleges far exceeds the number of available spots. Even if you pass the numbers test, you still may not be accepted. The application essay can be the defining feature on your application and may be the difference between you receiving an acceptance or rejection notice. Most college essays are [...]