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Understanding Prior-Prior Year FAFSA Filing and What It Means for Students and Parents

The federal government has come up with a wonderfully confusing new name for something that actually simplifies the financial aid process. Let me try to make it easier to understand. Historically, students and parents have used income information from the last full calendar year on financial aid applications (FAFSA). In other words, you used the …
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College Prep Checklists: What Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors Can Do to Stay on Track (Free Download)

Check out our college prep checklists to help you stay on track through your freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year of high school college applications
With so much going on during your high school career, it can sometimes be hard to know if you are on track for college. We created these college prep checklists to help students and parents navigate their path to college and know what steps they should be taking each year to prepare for college and …
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How to Tell Colleges About Your Mistakes

Photograph of a "Wrong Way" sign that symbolizes your mistakes as a high school student, which you need to explain during the college admissions process. college applications
News flash! You’re not perfect. You know it. Your parents know it, and every admission counselor reading your application knows it. So, how do you handle your imperfections when it comes to applying to college? Some issues don’t need to be shared. The fact that your bedroom looks like a pile of old Mayan Ruins …
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Tips for Writing a College Essay: Learn How to Sell Yourself

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You’ve likely heard that your college application is your time to “sell” yourself.  For most of us we translate “sell” to “brag” and that just feels uncomfortable or slightly obnoxious. But, selling can span a spectrum somewhere between telling and boasting. The key for you is to find the right spot on that spectrum–to tell your …
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What to Do If You’re Waitlisted by a College

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You finally finish your college applications, your parents have stopped nagging you, and now you wait. If you get in, your ecstatic. If you are denied admission, you can move on, but being waitlisted is a little bit like being stuck in the nowhere land of college admissions. It’s the purgatory of your senior year, …
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Holiday Crunch: 8 Tips for College Applicants on Winter Break

It’s that time of year. Yeah, it’s the gift season, but it’s also frantic, college application frenzy season. As deadlines for many college applications loom just around the corner, many students are now in what we call “Holiday Crunch” mode. If you’re a student–or a parent of a student–like most, who plan to use the …
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How to Build a Great College Application List

How many colleges should prospective students apply to? What if a student isn’t accepted to any of the schools on their list? One of the most important parts of the college search process is building a college application list. Why should you make a list? It’s critical that students create a balanced college application list …
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