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Should I Take Advantage of Test-Optional Policies Despite Planning a Gap Year?
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Should I Take Advantage of Test-Optional Policies Despite Planning a Gap Year?

I have a question about test-optional admissions and a gap year. I'm not a good test taker and my pre-ACT was only a 15 (I didn't…
6 Questions to Ask Yourself if You’re Considering Deferring Your Freshman Year
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6 Questions to Ask Yourself if You’re Considering Deferring Your Freshman Year

A gap year may not have been part of your college plan prior to COVID, but if you're a high school senior, current circumstances …

Consider These COVID-19 Gap Year Ideas
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Consider These COVID-19 Gap Year Ideas

Are you a recent high school graduate planning to take a gap year? Or maybe you're a rising high school senior thinking about tak…

Taking A Gap Year? Consider Volunteering Or Interning Overseas
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Taking A Gap Year? Consider Volunteering Or Interning Overseas

Even though the world seems to be in upheaval right now due to the Coronavirus (recently renamed less-frightening as "COVID19") o…

Is Applying to College DURING a Gap Year a Disadvantage?
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Is Applying to College DURING a Gap Year a Disadvantage?

Question: I want to take a gap year and apply to college during my gap year. Will I be at a disadvantage? I'm looking at top scho…

The Gap Year: Better Later Than Never
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The Gap Year: Better Later Than Never

I've talked about the so-called "Gap Year" before. According to aptly named PlanetGapYear.com, a Gap Year is "a period of time wh…

Can a Gap Year in NY Give me In-State Student Status?
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Can a Gap Year in NY Give me In-State Student Status?

Question: I just finished my sophomore year in Florida. I want to move to New York and take a gap year so I can save money and t…

Should Newlywed-to-Be Apply to College Before or After Gap Year?
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Should Newlywed-to-Be Apply to College Before or After Gap Year?

Question: I plan to get married after I graduate high school and spend a gap year saving money and traveling, etc. Should I apply…

Big Loans, Safety School, or Gap Year?
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Big Loans, Safety School, or Gap Year?

Question: I didn't get into the college of my dreams -- shocking, I know. My dilemma is that I'm stuck between a rock, a hard pla…

Gap Year and College Loan Repayment
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Gap Year and College Loan Repayment

Question: I just completed my freshman year of college and would like to take a year off to do community service abroad and to re…

Applying to College After a Gap Year
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Applying to College After a Gap Year

Question: How do you begin to reapply to college after your gap year? How do you obtain the old information submitted previously …

Can My Son Defer College Applications to Gap Year?
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Can My Son Defer College Applications to Gap Year?

Question: I've been told that before my son takes a gap year, he has to apply to--and be accepted by--a college, then talk to th…

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