Archive for November, 2012

7 steps for scholarship success

November 9, 2012

7 steps for scholarship success | USA TODAY College.

Paying for college is an overwhelming concern for most students and their parents.  The cost of college continues to rise every year and some families even wonder if a college degree is worth the expense.  As a private college counselor, I think most would agree it is.

Whether a family thinks they will qualify for financial aid or not, they should always fill out the FAFSA online.  This should be submitted as soon after January 1st as possible.  If  students are applying to private colleges or universities, they should check with these schools to see if they need to submit the CSS as well.

Scholarships, loans, grants, and work-study on campus are the most common forms for financial help.  Applying for scholarships is a wise idea for every student.  In order to have success, students need to get started as soon as possible and follow a few specific steps to make your efforts worthwhile.


Redefining College Readiness

November 2, 2012

Redefining College Readiness.

Interesting info graphic on what is important for college admissions.  How do colleges weigh up the different factors they consider when evaluating college applicants?  Larger public universities usually consider grades and test scores as the most significant factors.  Smaller schools and private large universities often take a more holistic approach which includes going beyond the basic grades and test scores and looking at extracurriculars, essays, and the student as a whole.

The Weakest Link in the College Admission Process

November 1, 2012

The Weakest Link in the College Admission Process.

This is why families are turning to private college counselors.  They know their students will benefit from the college counseling expertise and individual attention private college counselors are able to provide.