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12 Days of Christmas 2016: Day 4

(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas. The following contains affiliate links.)

On the fourth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

4 Easy Steps to Find 254 Colleges for Potential Merit Scholarships

An average net price of over $30,000 suggests that regardless of the amount of aid being awarded, the school is still likely to be expensive.

4 College Recruiting Mistakes to Avoid When You’re the Best Player on Your Team

It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that you can judge your ability because you have played other teams and haven’t seen anyone as good as you.


Suggestion to help take control of the college admissions process

Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

I’m reading this book right now and one of the most interesting things so far has been how much the media goes out of its way to not mention colleges other than Harvard, Yale, Stanford, et al. Another much needed ranking antidote.

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12 Days of Christmas 2016: Day 3

(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas. The following contains affiliate links.)

On the third day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

3 Hard Truths About Financial Aid

For the majority of families, the EFC is going to be much higher than they anticipated.

3 Reasons Why Your Kid’s Good Grades Won’t Pay for College

Yes, your teen may have great grades and test scores. But are they substantially better than everyone else’s that attends the colleges she’s applying to?

3 Types of Players that Don’t get Recruited by Colleges

Players with low grades and poor test scores who are counting on their athletic accomplishments getting them into college are likely to be very disappointed.


Suggestion to help take control of the college admissions process

Creating College Lists: Your Guide to Using College Websites to Pay Less for a Better Education
 
Yup, this is my own book. I think college websites are one of the most underutilized resources in the college search process. In the book, I tell you how to narrow down your list so that you target the right colleges.

 

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12 Days of Christmas 2016: Day 2

(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas. The following contains affiliate links.)

On the second day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

In case you missed it this past year, two college lists.

20 Schools to Avoid if You’re Making a List of Affordable Colleges

There isn’t a lot of evidence to show that these schools are going to meet students financial aid need.

54 Best Bets for College Merit Aid

A total of 25 schools had an average net price of less than $25,000 making these excellent candidates for college merit aid.


Suggestion to help take control of the college admissions process

Put Me in CoachPut Me In, Coach: A Parent’s Guide to Winning the Game of College Recruiting

When we were looking for colleges for my son, I found this to be the most useful of the recruiting books.

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12 Days of Christmas 2016: Day 1

12 days of christmas day 1(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas. The following contains affiliate links.)

On the first day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

In case you missed it this past year, one must read.

The Must Read Chart for all Parents Thinking about Paying for College

I’m not sure which is more shocking to families, their EFC or the fact that many state flagship universities are costing over $25,000.


Suggestion to help take control of the college admissions process

How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out)

For those who are looking for an alternative to adding another AP Class to their schedule, this is a must read.

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Think your student is on track to be a National Merit Scholar?

child looking at santa sleigh wondering about which colleges sponsor National Merit Scholarships

It’s that time of year again when junior PSAT test takes start to wonder if they scored high enough to make their state’s cut-off score to qualify as a National Merit Semi-Finalist.

If you have visions of National Merit Scholar qualifying scores dancing in your head, find out the colleges sponsoring the most National Merit Scholarships in your state by visiting College Money Search.

And just remember, if your students can score high enough to be in the running, they’ll have plenty of affordable college options. Good luck!

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Most Popular 50-50 College Lists in 2016

woman in hammock reading about top 50-50 college listsIt’s getting near the end of the year and like most bloggers, I’m taking stock of the year to see what has been successful, popular, and what I might want to reconsider for the coming year. In the interest of killing two birds with one stone (my need to look at the analytics while coming up with another post), I’m listing the most popular 50-50 Highlights list posts below. Continue reading

The First Step to Avoid College Debt

Golden college grad chained to word debt representing need to avoid college debtAs the cost of college has sky-rocketed, students are accumulating more and more debt. You hear horror stories of student graduating with over $100,000, $150,000, or $200,000 in college debt just for an undergraduate education. And with tuition at some schools exceeding $60,000 a year, you have to wonder if that high student debt is simply the cost of attending college today? Continue reading

FAQ: What is a good ACT score?

Postit note asking What is a good ACT score?The ACT test has four sections, English, Math, Reading, and Science, each scored on a scare of 1 to 36. The ACT also calculates a composite score which is an average of all four test. The single composite score is generally used when discussing ACT scores. However, the total of all four scores, 144, is used by organizations such as the NCAA.

According the ACT, of the 2016 college-bound seniors, the 50th percentile scores were: Continue reading

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