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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.

Myth: There is ONE Perfect School for Me

While you’re looking at schools, you may have it in your mind that there is one perfect school for you, a “soulmate”. However, most students find that’s simply not the case. There Are Good Fits, Not Perfect Schools We all want there to be that “perfect” school, but that just isn’t the case. There’s no …

What Do You Do If You See an Error on Your FAFSA?

We all make mistakes. Thankfully, some of them are correctable! That’s true for a number of errors you may make on your FAFSA. If you notice any mistakes on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid after you’ve submitted it, here are some steps to take. Make a Correction Making corrections for your FAFSA is …

Myth: Ivy Leagues are the Most Selective Schools

It’s a common thought that Ivy League schools are the most selective of all the colleges and universities in the United States. You’ll find that’s not exactly the case. Ivy League Acceptance Rates Harvard is the most selective school out of the Ivy Leagues, selecting only 5% of applicants, with Yale right behind, only accepting …

If You Want to Apply EA / ED, When Should You Start Crafting Your App?

If you know or are pretty sure what college or university you want to attend, you’re probably considering using Early Action or Early Decision to apply. However, you do have to start working on your application at a different time than Regular Decision. Early Action is Different From Early Decision Early Action and Early Decision …

What NOT to Ask During a College Visit

During your college visits, you may have a list of questions you want to ask, either as a student or a parent. These may include questions about the campus life, classes, majors, or town. There are a few questions though that you will want to steer clear of. Here are some ones you don’t want …

Myth: You Only Have to Submit the FAFSA Once

You hear it over and over your senior year of high school: You have to submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)! However, even though you may not hear about it much during college, don’t think the FAFSA is a “one and done” type deal that you only have to fill out before …

Why the PSAT / PreACT Shouldn’t be Overlooked

Even if you’re not thinking too seriously about college while you’re in Junior year of high school, it’s definitely starting to be on your mind. However, that doesn’t mean you should be overlooking the PSAT or the PreACT. Here’s why you should be taking either one or both: You Could Qualify for Scholarships Did you …

How to Help Your Student Prep for the ACT / SAT

Your student may have their ACT and SAT coming up and are busy studying every evening for this big exam! Even though they’re at their desk reading away or taking practice tests, there are plenty of things you can do as a parent to help them. Here are a few things you can do to …