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Hilary Cairns
Hilary Cairns is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and has a BA in English/Creative Writing. She's an established freelance writer who also has a hand in marketing, social media, and editing for various businesses across the United States.

ACT / SAT Test Prep Mobile Apps!

When you’re studying for the SAT or the ACT, any edge can be a huge help for your efforts. With all the books you’re cracking open, you may have not realized that some assistance is available right on your phone or tablet. Here are some ACT and SAT mobile apps that are great for preparing …

How to Engage with Your Chosen College Online

If you’ve accepted your college for the upcoming fall (congratulations!), there are plenty of ways to get involved before you arrive on campus. Here are just a few ways to take part in your new school before classes begin. Sign Up For Orientation Many colleges make signing up for freshman orientation or a student weekend …

What is a TEACH Grant?

While you’re filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA), you may have seen the TEACH Grant name tossed around a bit. What exactly is it? And more importantly, do you qualify? What is it? The TEACH Grant, which stands for The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education, is for students …

What Financial Aid Can You Earn From The State Government?

Almost all students know to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA), but many actually forget to check if their state offers any financial aid. Here are some things you’ll need to know before you start the search. Your Options Depend on Your State Almost every state education department offers grants, scholarships, …

Student Events that Happen After You Accept a College Offer

Congratulations! You’ve chosen your college. You may be wondering what happens next. Every school is different, but here are a few events you can expect to happen over the next few months. Orientation  Almost all colleges and universities have some sort of orientation for students. This is usually a “getting to know you” time for …

What To Do If You Don’t Know What To Major In

You’re heading to college in a few months and you’re not quite sure what subject to major in. A lot of students actually find themselves in this position but you do have a few options! Here are just a few you might want to consider: Go Undeclared or Declare a Major and Change It Later …

What Is A CSS Financial Profile?

While applying for financial aid or filling out college applications, you may have heard of the CSS Financial Profile (or CSS Profile). It is an online application much like the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). However, not every freshman will have to complete the CSS Profile, so what exactly is it? What is …

Mistakes Students Make When Selecting a College to Attend

It’s the time of year that students are making their final college selections. Some already know where they’re heading but many also aren’t quite sure just yet. However, if you’re still on the fence, here are some mistakes you’ll want to avoid when it comes time to make your choice. Following the Pack Many freshman …