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50-50 Highlights: Accessible, Quality Colleges for Merit Aid Opportunities

Woman with money looking at computer for college merit aidAs I work with college data, I learn about different variables and add them to my data sets. I also occasionally create a variable to more accurately capture a concept or value that I think is important when trying to figure out how much college will cost. This is why you’ll see multiple posts on some variation of a list of colleges with the best financial aid. And because of the variation,  you’ll always find some colleges on one list and not another.  Well, I’m adding another list of colleges to consider for merit aid. + Read More

5 Ways to Get Smart About the SAT, ACT, and College Admission Testing

test answer sheetIf you’re planning on applying to college, you need to get smart about the SAT, ACT, and testing. Why? Because understanding college testing allows you to make the right choices about which college admission tests to take, how to prepare for them, or if you should even take the tests at all. And remember that students with test scores in upper quartile of freshman test scores are likely to receive more generous merit aid+ Read More

11.7 Reality Check: College Baseball Scholarships

Baseball player sliding representing 11.7 Baseball ScholarshipsAt the end of my son’s last high school summer baseball season, I was struck by the number of players who had graduated and didn’t know yet where they were going to attend college. I heard a lot of talk from parents about “maybe walking on” to various teams and see what happens. These were good players, the majority better than my son who did know where he was going. + Read More

5 Ways You Can Undermine Your Chances After Submitting Your College Application

clock with no time for college admission mistakesMost high school seniors are ready to breathe a big sigh of relief in January. Unfortunately, the college admissions process doesn’t end just because you submitted your applications. In fact, even after completing all the college applications and submitting test scores, there are five things high school seniors can do to ruin their chances of attending college in September.

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College Baseball Teams by State and Division

Map of us with baseball field representing college baseball teams by state and divisionDo you know which state, Texas or Pennsylvania, offers more college baseball teams? You’re wrong if you said Texas. Texas offers more D1 and Junior College programs but Pennsylvania has twice the number of D2 baseball teams and over three times the number of D3 teams. Knowing which states offer which types of college baseball teams can improve your chances of making a college team. + Read More

What Makes an Ivy League Education?

Ivy on wall representing ivy league educationAs we get ready for our upcoming Roadmap to Cutting College Costs Class, I’ve been reviewing information on college quality and affordability. Looking through the data and how people use it has gotten me thinking about the latest attempts by the government to rate colleges, college rankings, and what makes a good education. As usual, I ended up with more questions than answers. + Read More

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