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How to Recognize The Signs Of Scholarship Scams!

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Did you ever give scholarship scams a second thought? Would you ever imagine that they even existed? For most students and their parents, getting scammed while exploring scholarship opportunities is unthinkable. That is, until they get scammed themselves. Getting scammed while looking for funding to realize your education dreams can be a crushing blow. The …

Which is Better: AP or IB Classes in High School?

Should you take AP or IB classes in high school? questions & answers
IB stands for the International Baccalaureate program and AP stands for the Advanced Placement program. Are the IB classes better than the AP courses is a question that almost every advisor gets asked by parents who find it difficult to decide between the two. AP or IB classes? The truth is, although each of these …

Do Student-To-Faculty Ratios Matter?

Does student-to-faculty ratio actually matter? questions & answers
The student-to-faculty ratio is one of the criteria many parents use in assessing colleges. Should this really be a deciding factor when choosing a college? Should you really take this ratio into consideration? A low student-to-faculty ratio does have advantages. Well, the truth is, there are advantages to attending a college with a low student-to-faculty …

Student Loan Glossary

Our student loan glossary will help you understand student loan terms student loans
As you look into the different student loans available, you are likely to come across a slew of words you’ve never heard before. One loan may talk about obtaining a co-signor. Another may include options regarding amortization and capitalized interest. Yet another mentions that you can contact the bursar for further information. Not knowing what …

10 College Admissions Tasks for High School Juniors

There are some things high school juniors can do to make their application stronger. college admissions
In today’s fiercely competitive college admissions scenario, it is crucial to do everything you can—and more—to create an application that will stand out from the rest of the competition. There’s plenty of things high school juniors can do towards this end, but these 10 carry the most weight. 1. Check out testing deadlines Check out …

Who Should Write My Letter of Recommendation?

Who should write your letter of recommendation questions & answers
Most colleges require prospective students to submit at least one letter of recommendation as part of their application.  Some colleges specify that this letter should ideally be written by one of your teachers. Even colleges that ask for more than one letter will usually state that at least one should be written by a teacher. …