Can one college acceptance be used to expedite another?

Question: My daughter has been accepted to a college that is a “competitor” of the college that she really wants to get into. Is it appropriate for us to contact the admissions office of the college that she most wants and let them know that she has an offer from somewhere else? We’re hoping that…

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When is the FAFSA Form Due?

Question:The deadlines on the FAFSA website are confusing. My daughter is currently a senior in high school, and she will begin her undergraduate freshman year in September of 2011. Can you please clear up when the deadline for the FAFSA will be for us? All of this is confusing, isn’t it? (And the FAFSA deadlines…

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Is January Subject Test Too Late?

Question: I took an SAT Subject Test in January, and I think I did well, though I won’t get my score for a couple more weeks. I already sent the scores from two October Subject Tests to all of my colleges (some that require two Subject Tests and some that don’t). If my latest test…

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Are SAT Scores on Transcripts Mandatory in NJ?

Question: For NJ students: is it mandatory that the high school send transcripts to colleges with SAT information? It is not mandatory for New Jersey public high schools to include SAT scores on transcripts. Typically, high schools (or school districts) make their own policies about what a transcript includes, and I’d never heard that there…

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Should We Send Application Materials as Certified Mail?

Question: Should my daughter send supplementary materials to colleges via Certified Mail so that she will know they have been received? No! Most colleges don’t like having to deal with certified mail at a time when a gazillion other envelopes are pouring in … and even when the stuff is received, it can get lost…

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Advantages of EARLY Early-Decision Application?

Question: I’m applying Early Decision to an Ivy League school. Is there any advantage for me to send in the application materials very early, besides the fact that I can expedite my interview opportunity? There’s no real advantage in getting an application in way early unless a college offers Rolling Admissions. However, you’re right when…

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Pros and Cons of College in Under Four Years

Question: What are the pros and cons of graduating from college in less than four years for the student and for the institution? The greatest benefit for a student who is able to graduate in less than four years is the opportunity to save money … up to about $50,000 for those who attend the…

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