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What High School Students (And Their Parents) Can Do to Get the Most Financial/Merit Aid for College

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 06.20.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Where a student attends college, how much it will cost the family, and whether they end up with a little or a lot of debt depends on everyone making college finances a priority. It's never too early to start planning for how to pay for college.

A High School where Every Counselor is College Ready

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.22.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It' s time to make good on a debt. Last fall, I challenged America's school counselors to improve college advising in their building by requiring eve...

Dear Family Whisperer: My Parents Are Ignoring Me!

Melinda Blau | Posted 06.17.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Applying for college is very stressful -- not just for your sister, but also for your mom and dad. If they're like most parents I've met, who spend a lot of time and energy helping their kids, it might feel as if they are being judged.

What's The Point Of High School, Anyway?

Sanah Imran | Posted 06.16.2014 | Teen
Sanah Imran

Well, not really. I'm still a senior in high school, but I have finally gotten off the roller coaster of applying to college that I boarded as an apprehensive, but ambitious, junior. But, having finished this process, I find that I have more questions than answers.

Are University Early Admissions Crowding out Qualified Students Applying Later?

McKenzie Maxson | Posted 06.11.2014 | College
McKenzie Maxson

In theory, it sounds great -- if a student knows what he or she wants, why not go for it right away and escape the stress and tough decisions of the typical college application process?

Six Words of Advice for Parents of College-Bound Juniors

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.10.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It may be hard for parents to watch students struggle at first with this important task, just as it wasn't easy to watch them strike out at the plate, listen to their first violin solo or feel them let the clutch out too soon.

5 Important Things To Remember When You're Rejected

Madonna Matta | Posted 06.10.2014 | Teen
Madonna Matta

Remember the dreaded thin letter is simply a thin letter. This piece of paper says nothing about your worth, creativity or potential.

My Personal, Never-ending March Madness

Casey Miller | Posted 06.05.2014 | Teen
Casey Miller

This March was one of the most stressful, hectic months of my life. I feel like everything was either beginning or ending for me, and it was becoming increasingly difficult to decide what I should be letting go, what I should be working hard on and what I must learn to laugh off.

College Admissions: All Over But the Waiting

Linda Flanagan | Posted 06.03.2014 | College
Linda Flanagan

Being put on the wait list is not unlike being told by your prom-date hopeful, "I think you're great, and if Sally tells me no, you're it!" To be wait listed is to be second string, the understudy, a B-list invite.

What This Year's College Results Mean to Next Year's Seniors

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.03.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

The smoke is still clearing after the last college notifications were sent to the Class of 2014, but it isn't too early to use this year's results to ...

5 Things Tomorrow's Parents Will Do Differently

Hilary Wilce | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

We'll remember that bringing up children is something that generations of adults have done before us without too much fuss or bother and we'll rediscover that kids, when left alone, have amazing abilities to learn and grow.

This Teen Is The Person You Wish You Were In High School

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Black Voices

Washington D.C.’s Ward 8 may not be a neighborhood known for its affluence. But five of America’s most prestigious universities are fighting for o...

Different College Application Options and What They Mean

Chuck Cohn | Posted 05.25.2014 | College
Chuck Cohn

For students and parents seeking a competitive edge in college admissions, exploring application options can offer unanticipated advantages. These benefits may be marginal; however, it is always wise to familiarize oneself with each university's procedure.

Scholarship Scams You Can't Afford To Ignore

This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools. By Katie Jenkins, Napervill...

Spoonful of Sugar for Waiting College Applicants

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Joseph

It is important that we, as adults, remember to help students see that they can succeed and be happy at many colleges. As they wait for and learn which colleges have accepted them, we need to help them see the powerful of the options they do and will have.

In Defense of the SAT Essay

Josh Stephens | Posted 05.17.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

The ability to understand a question and come up with a reasonable argument -- often under time constraints -- is not exactly an esoteric skill.

Surprise! Two Bumps and One Jump-Start for High School Seniors on the Road to College

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.14.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

For some students there may be a few unexpected bumps before they hit the road for college.

New Changes to the SAT Reflect a Changing Admissions Process

James Werner | Posted 05.11.2014 | College
James Werner

The new adjustments to the SAT are part of a systematic change in the admissions process. While scores may remain an important component of the decision process for the immediate future, the measure of an individual's preparation and potential has begun to shift.

Essential Reading for Writing the College Essay

Josh Stephens | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

Fortunately, Orwell, Zinsser, Lamott and all the rest demonstrate that high school doesn't necessarily matter. The process of learning to write never ends.

6 Things To Do Instead Of Worrying About Your Future

Jackson Barnett | Posted 05.04.2014 | Teen
Jackson Barnett

I have now realized that there is absolutely nothing I can do about my college stress until that ever-so-far-away day in March when I find out where I've been accepted. If you're like me, maybe this will help.

Leveling the Playing Field: Curbing Cheating in College Admissions

James Werner | Posted 05.03.2014 | College
James Werner

The massive amount of information that flows through an admissions office often means that there is no time to double check the facts. The strain on resources, time and funding has led to increased opportunities for cheating.

5 Ways To Get Started On College Apps Before Senior Year

| Posted 02.27.2014 | Teen

By Lily Herman High school seniors everywhere are sitting next to their mailboxes, anxiously awaiting decisions from their respective colleges. Bu...

Students Ask College Prep Questions That Get Answers

Jeannie Borin | Posted 04.28.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

College officers understand that not everyone can visit colleges. Between plane fare, rental cars and hotel stays, it can get costly. Students can visit colleges in their area to get an idea of college life and what they would like.

Hey Guys! Let's Go to a (College) Fair!

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 04.12.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

College fairs are unique opportunities for you to meet college admissions people face to face and begin the process of showing colleges your "demonstrated interest."

Receiving Testing Accommodations for Learning Disabilities

Joie Jager-Hyman | Posted 04.09.2014 | Education
Joie Jager-Hyman

If you have a learning disability, and you believe that receiving accommodations will help you to achieve a higher score, proactivity is key.