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Getting Into and Paying for College: 15 Things Parents of High School Freshmen Must Know NOW!

Mother and son learning about Getting Into and Paying for CollegeAs the parents of college freshmen drive home from dropping their kids off at college, many have to be thinking about how they’ll do things differently next time knowing what they know now. Many are probably wishing, “if only someone had told me four years ago that…, things would have been so much easier.” It’s a common dilemma in life, you don’t know what you don’t know. So I’ve created the following list of things that parents of freshmen need to know about getting into and paying for college. Let me know if you have anything to add. + Read More

50-50 Highlights: Colleges in the Top 100 of PayScale College Salary Rankings

PayScale college rankingsAnother week and another set of college rankings-must be back to school time. This week PayScale released its College Salary Report. As far as rankings go, it has several features to recommend it. The primary advantage is that it really is exclusively focused on outcomes. No national reputation score, no attempts to measure the qualities of the students. It’s strictly based on income of graduates. + Read More

Recruiting Quiz: See If You’re Ready to be Recruited to Play in College

recruiting quiz hands taking testAre you ready to be recruited to play in college? Do you understand the recruiting process to make sure you’re ready to make the most of every opportunity? Or are you more likely to reduce your chances because you haven’t bothered to learn the necessary rules and expectations? Take the following quiz and find out if you’re ready to be recruited. + Read More

Why Your Best Financial Aid Will Probably Come From a College No One Has Ever Heard Of

Never-heard-of-it-200I’ve reviewed multiple college search websites and searching by size is always an option. Size is probably one of the first limitations students use when searching for colleges, often based on little to no real experience or evidence. And if you’re interested in getting the best financial aid possible, this is a big mistake. + Read More

Wyoming College Resources, Graduation Rates, and Test Scores

Where to Start Looking to Find a College in Wyoming

wyoming colleges highway signWyoming has only one four-year institution with 500 or more full-time undergraduates, The University of Wyoming. Families looking for information on Wyoming specific scholarships should visit the Wyoming Department of Education. It has information on the Hathaway and Douvas scholarships. The website also links to the state’s community colleges and the University of Wyoming. + Read More

50-50 Highlights: 28 Colleges with the Best ROI That You Can Actually Get Into

50-05 Colleges in Money's Best CollegesMoney’s Best Colleges is one of the increasing alternatives to US News Best College Rankings. According to Washington Post, “Money Magazine’s new college rankings finally get it right for students” since it focuses on the cost to the student and likely return on investment. I’m not willing to declare Money’s College Rankings as the way rankings should be done, but I will acknowledge that it’s a step in the right direction. + Read More

11 Things You Need to Know About Athletic Scholarships

graduate with college athletic scholarship holding a footballI’m always amazed at how little players and their families know about athletic scholarships. Given that most of them have been justifying playing their sport for the chance at a college scholarship since middle school, you would think they would be better informed. The following are 11 things you need to know if you’re looking for an athletic scholarship. + Read More

How Much Should Students Borrow for College?

graduation hat on moneyAnyone who pays attention to the media has heard the alarming reports about student debt. In the United States student loans total $870 billion which now exceeds the total credit card balance. Scary numbers. You would expect the question, “How much should I borrow for college?” to be the question that all students and their families are asking. But I don’t’ think that’s actually the case.

Give me a chance to explain before you think I don’t have a clue as to what I’m talking about. + Read More

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