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 …

What Will I Experience on a College Tour?

Visiting a campus is a great way to determine which schools rate highly on your list. Physically standing at the heart of campus, seeing the dorms, and touring the school buildings can give you a sense of what that college feels like. For many students, the prospect of college becomes “real” for them while taking …

Should I Even Apply to “Huge Reach” Schools?

The answer to this question, put simply, is “Yes!” It’s always good to have at least one school to strive for to challenge yourself. You never know, you might surprise yourself in the quality of work you produce for the application. And because of the higher demands of that school’s application process, you can improve …

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 …

What’s the Difference Between Need-Based and Merit-Based Aid?

These are two phrases you probably hear a lot while you’re researching scholarship and financial aid opportunities: need-based and merit-based. But what is the difference between the two? Is one better than the other? Let’s break it down. Need-Based Aid The word “need” is key here. Need-based aid refers to the financial need a student …

How Will My Parents’ College Savings Affect My Financial Aid?

Calculating financial need is a complicated process. There are many factors that go into it that families might not always expect. One of these factors, college savings accounts, frequently become areas of great concern to parents and students alike. What if all those college savings decrease your chances for receiving financial aid? When you fill …