Financial Aid

Quick College Cost Calculating

With the sky-high costs associated with college these days, it makes sense to look before you leap, so to speak. Across the many years that I have been advising students and their families about college matters, the one element that makes me feel the most regret is encountering their buyer’s remorse. By that, I mean ...

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College Knowledge Q&A Grab Bag

Being the obsessive packrat that I am, I save everything. Just ask my wife about that. That goes for my work as an admissions consultant, too. Over the many years that I’ve been doing this, I’ve received countless questions from high school students and their parents about how to manage the college process, as well ...

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Admission Fiction

“Fake news!” Unless you reside on another planet, you’ve no doubt seen, heard, or tried to hide from that phrase sometime within the last year or so. Then there’s that famous Seinfeld episode where Elaine pointedly informs Jerry that her actions were “Fake! Fake! Fake!” The way the weather has been behaving recently in my ...

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Is Financial Aid Negotiable?

Even though the May 1 enrollment deadline for most colleges has passed, the goal of paying for college may remain a quest for some families. With the good news of college acceptances, come the financial aid packages. First-year aid packages are almost always the most satisfying, since their heft is designed to encourage enrollment, as ...

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Deposit Decisions

May 1 is about to be upon us. Ten days from this writing, college decisions — and their related deposits — will be due. Many of you may have already made that deposit, either through an Early Action (EA) or Early Decision (ED) acceptance. Others, accepted Regular Decision (RD), may have made their enrollment deposit ...

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Dealing with Disappointing Financial Aid Packages

Today, I’m turning over the content of my blog post to another David — David Harrity of College Choice. David and I were discussing what high school seniors, who have just been accepted to college, and their families can do when those acceptances are roadblocked by a less-than-adequate financial aid package. This is an all ...

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A Brief Word about Bad News

I’ve been advising high school seniors and their families on matters of college admissions since the late 1980s. I can’t believe how quickly the decades have flown by. I’ve given a fair number of media interviews, written a book and countless articles, blog posts, and newspaper columns, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with more ...

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College Admissions and College Confidential

The College Confidential site went live August 1, 2001. Over the past decade and a half, CC has become the go-to place for one of the world’s greatest archives of college admissions-related information. It’s all free. One of the most interesting aspects of CC is the discussion forum, where countless high schoolers, parents, grandparents, and ...

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Do You Merit Aid?

Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) outcomes will be arriving within several weeks. This is Thanksgiving week and families around the world, especially here in America, are hoping to give thanks for a generous financial aid package that will be arriving either with or shortly following the goods news of getting into a dream ...

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The High Schooler’s Guide to Applying for Scholarships

Today’s article was submitted by David White. Let’s face it: college is expensive. In addition to the tuition costs, which can be quite high, there are books, food, room and board, and the list goes on and on. Given the often staggering cost of higher education, scholarships and grants are some of the best ways to ...

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