College Search Cheat Sheet

listing showing college search cheat sheetAre you worried about finding the right college for your kids? Does the idea of researching colleges make you nervous? Do you find the idea of finding and paying for college daunting? Do you just want to know how to get started? If you answered “yes” to any […]

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50-50 Highlights: Test Optional Colleges

Erasing a mistake on a test representing test optional collegesStudents everywhere who struggle with standardized tests appreciate the increasing number of test optional colleges. However, it’s important to understand that there isn’t any one definition of “test optional.” Furthermore, just because a college states that it’s test optional for admissions doesn’t mean that […]

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Athletic Recruiting and the Financial Aid Pre-Read

Hands with money representing the financial aid pre-read for athletesOne third of colleges do not offer athletic scholarships. At institutions that do offer scholarships, most sports are equivalency sports meaning that athletes are likely to receive only partial scholarships. This means that the availability of non-athletic financial aid is an important […]

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50-50 Highlights: Colleges for Transfer Students 2017

Picture of college for transfer studentsAs the cost of attending many state flagship universities passes $30,000, more and more families are considering the financial benefits of starting at a community college. Combining living at home with paying only a third to half of the tuition of a 4 year public institution represents significant […]

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How to Start the College Athletic Recruiting Process

football kickoffYou’ve heard the saying, “you don’t know what you don’t know?” It’s relevant to college athletic recruiting–when starting out, many families don’t know where to begin or what to ask. So I put together this list of posts for athletes and their families just starting the college athletic recruiting process. After reading […]

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Why YOU Should Care About College Graduation Rates

College hat on money showing importance of college graduation ratesWhen high school students start looking for colleges to apply to, they rarely consider college graduation rates. Even with the sky-rocketing costs of college, most families still don’t consider graduation rates. They may notice it when a school advertises its four-year graduation guarantee […]

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7 Steps to a Smarter College List

person walking on stones representing steps to a smarter college listThe list of colleges you apply to will make the biggest difference in how much you actually end up paying for college. Think about it in the most simplistic terms, your local community college is going to be a lot cheaper than Harvard […]

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