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Can I Apply Early Twice?

Can I Apply Early Twice?

Question: I am planning on applying early decision to my first-choice college. I will be notified of my status by December 31st. …

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3 Steps To Writing a Strong College Essay

You brew a cup of coffee, you fire up the old laptop, you take a deep breath and focus your mind on the wealth of significant and…

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Good Game, Frank: Sample College Essay

Essay prompt:

Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impac…

6 HS Seniors on What They Wish They’d Known About the Admissions Process

6 Students With College Application Regrets

The college admissions process can be daunting at times, but you can ease the stress by learning from those who went before you. …

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Applying to College With ADHD

My daughter, a rising senior, has just been diagnosed with ADHD. She has taken the SAT three times before this diagnosis, with sc…

5 FAFSA Tips for Applicants With Divorced Parents

5 FAFSA Tips for Applicants With Divorced Parents

Completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be complicated enough, but when you add divorced parents, st…

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Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Stressful Times

How many adjectives can you think of to describe life since COVID-19 ushered us into this “new abnormal”?

Anguishing, demanding, d…

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Alternatives to College: Exploring Other Routes

We don’t need to belabor the point that this generation of teens is tired, depressed, and burnt out. You already know that. If yo…

Webinar Recap: FAFSA and Paying for College 101

FAFSA and Paying for College 101

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2022-2021 academic year opens next week, on October 1, 2021.

For coll…

National Merit Scholarships: Top Questions Answered

National Merit Scholarships: Top Questions Answered

The National Merit Scholarship Program began in 1955 as a way to recognize and provide scholarships to exceptional high-school st…

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National Merit Qualifying Scores May Look Different This Year

In the past, about 1.5 million high school students a year enter the National Merit® Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT, but …

Is National Merit as Big a Deal as My Parents Say It Is?

Is Being a National Merit Finalist a Big Deal?

I just got back my PSAT scores and it appears I didn't meet the National Merit cutoff. My parents want to appeal because Nat…

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