Lynell Engelmyer is a nationally-recognized expert in college planning, admissions and financial aid. She has more than 20 years of experience, working as an admissions officer, financial aid director and also for the College Board. She has been published and quoted in hundreds of books and articles and serves as a professional college counselor for students from around the country.

Don’t Wait to Figure Out The Cost of College

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As recently as 3 or 4 years ago, financial aid had a season. It was limited and finite, but much like Christmas music that begins to play before Thanksgiving or Valentine’s Day decorations that spring up January 2nd, financial aid season has also been affected by seasonal “creep”. It used to be that you couldn’t …

How Athletes Can Pick the Right College

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As if picking the right college isn’t complicated enough, throwing an applicant’s special talent into the mix makes the process that much more challenging and requires some special consideration. Here are several things you should keep in mind if you are even considering playing a college sport: Find out where you stand athletically Students can …

What You Need to Know About Test-Optional Colleges


Bowdoin College was the first college in the U.S. to make the submission of standardized test scores (SAT/ACT) optional in 1969, but they were hardly trend setters. It was not until forty some years later that over 800 other colleges and universities followed Bowdoin’s lead and are now either test optional or “test flexible”. Understanding …

Why Work Study Isn’t Really “Financial Aid”

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In the next few weeks, financial aid packages for college-bound high school seniors will begin to roll through the door. Interpreting and comparing them is one of life’s bigger challenges in part because financial aid has its own language, in part because each school might do things just a little differently, and in part because …