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You’re Invited to the “5 Essential Scholarship Tips Parents Need to Know” Webinar

picture of money for scholarship tipsIf you’re the parent of college-bound high school students, you’re probably looking for any possible sources of free money to help pay for college. This is why you need to attend our free webinar on “5 Essential Scholarship Tips Parents Need to Know” on Sunday, June 26th, 7:00 pm Central Time. Unless, of course, you have an extra $250,000 somewhere to pay for four-years of college. Otherwise, you really don’t want to miss this opportunity. + Read More

50-50 Highlights: Colleges for Academic Challenge

graduation cap with honors tasselOne reason many people give for attending a prestigious or ranked college or university is the need to be among intellectual peers. Parents and students worry that students won’t be challenged enough at less-well known schools. This is often accompanied by the networking argument–it’s the class peers along with faculty that will be crucial in developing future opportunities. + Read More

Creating a Recruiting Video with Your Phone Resource Center

Hand holding phone representing Creating a Recruiting Video with Your PhoneIf you’re an athlete trying to get recruited to play in college, then you KNOW you need to have video. You have several options for creating your video from doing-it-yourself to hiring someone who specializes in recruiting videos. I’m a big believer in starting with the cheapest option first. If nothing else, it will make you appreciate that much more the professional’s product that you eventually get. So I’ve collected a list of resources you can use to shoot video with your smart phone. + Read More

What You Need to Know About Applying to College with a Learning Disability

Learn GraphicFortunately, when my son was applying to college he didn’t have to deal with a learning disability on top of everything else although I do know quite a few homeschoolers who did have to deal with both issues. It seems to me that the approach one takes in applying to college as a homeschooler isn’t all that different from that of someone applying to college with a learning disability. Ultimately, students have to be prepared to address the issue as appropriate throughout the admissions process. + Read More

50-50 Highlights: Colleges in Big Cities

View of city at night representing appeal of colleges in big citiesMany high school students are attracted to the idea of attending college in an urban environment. Never mind that most probably don’t participate in the activities unique to such environments once they move in, the desire is there. Although sometimes I suspect it’s more of an “I don’t want to go to school in the sticks because I can’t find a good bar” but let’s not be cynical. + Read More

5 Reasons Why College Confidential is Slowly Killing You

Teen visiting college confidential(The following is a guest post by JJ Shaw, an incoming freshman at Columbia College, and pretty much sums up why you should never visit the “chance me” forums at College Confidential.)

College Confidential is “the world’s largest college forum.” Except in this world, 2400s aren’t merely enough.

It has a long history of feeding the egocentric tendencies of high achieving seniors. It inflates the self-worth of some, all while crushing the confidence of otherwise perfectly capable college-bound students. + Read More

50-50 Highlights: Colleges for Transfer Students

Picture of college for transfer studentsApproximately one-third of all college students transfer between institutions at least once according the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. In tough economic times, many students start at a community college and plan to transfer to complete their four-year degree. Others start may start at more expensive four-year institutions and find that they need to transfer to less expensive institutions. + Read More

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