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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.

How to Start off Second Semester Right

How did your first semester go? We hope it went well! No matter the results though, it’s important to start your second semester off on the right foot. These are a few great tips for any semester though, so make sure to remember them for later years or even if you starting college this fall! …

Why Are Letters of Recommendation So Important?

In addition to your high school transcripts, essay, and FAFSA paperwork, colleges will often require letters of recommendation as part of your application to the school. But why? They’re actually a huge part of the process and can provide a boost to your application. Here’s a few reasons why they’re so important: A View Into …

Brandname Isn’t Always Best: Colleges That Change Lives

When you’re searching for your college, it’s always recommended to do some research into the right school for you. This includes taking a close look at their majors and minors, investigating their employment rate after graduation, and checking their tuition, but it can also involves taking a trip to the university to make sure it …

What You Need To Know About The PreACT

The PSAT has been an option for students for several years, and was often used as a primer for both the ACT and the SAT, even though the testing formats are different. Now, however, students can take the PreACT to prepare for the ACT test. Allows For Early Practice Taking the PreACT is a great way …

What is the Pell Grant?

Between scholarships, federal aid, and loans there is a lot to do before heading to college in the fall, but one thing you don’t want to forget about is the Pell Grant. It’s one more reason to fill out the FASFA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, form. But what exactly is it? What …

Bad Excuses for Not Filing for Financial Aid

No matter the reason, every student should be filling out the FAFSA, or Free Application For Federal Student Aid, each year. Here are a few reasons we’ve heard students give when asked why they didn’t complete the application: I Won’t Qualify The number one reason that students or parents don’t complete the FAFSA is because …