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How to Negotiate a Financial Aid Award

By bgoldszer | April 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

You may remember months ago you completed the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA form, sponsored by the U.S. State Department of Education provided your family with an index called the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This amount told colleges how much you could afford to pay for the cost of attendance, including tuition, room, board, and fees. With this information, colleges formulated a financial aid package comprised of scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans. If the college does not provide your family with a competitive package, read this article to learn tips on negotiating a better financial aid package. Also, download a free sample template letter.

7 Tips for Creating a Stand Out College Application

By bgoldszer | April 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Conclusion + Action Steps How can I stand out in the college admissions process is the question students and parents…

When Should a Student Apply Test-Optional?

By Allison Liebman | March 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

As an increasing number of selective and highly selective colleges go test-optional, it shows that institutions are recognizing that it takes more than a score to show a student’s promise. But before deciding whether or not to submit your scores, consider the pros and cons of applying test-optional.

The Strange College Admissions Scandal, privilege, and other college news.

By bgoldszer | March 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

This month, I have rounded up college admissions articles worth reading.

Can My Student Apply to College Undecided About a Major?

By bgoldszer | March 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Last week, a mom emailed me asking if it was okay that her son does not know what he wants to study in college. She shared her experience visiting a college campus where a campus tour guide asked each student in the group to say their name and what they planned to major in. The mom wrote, “Kids spoke of studying biostatistics, history, forensics, and other subjects I have never heard of. When it was Sammy’s turn, he shrugged and said Dothraki (not sure if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, but this is not a real language…). The whole group laughed. I was so embarrassed. What should I do?”

College Admissions News | January 2019

By bgoldszer | January 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

This month, I have rounded up college admissions articles that are worth checking out. Does where you go to college matter? 2018 Early Admissions Trends and Concerns…

How the Admissions Committee Reviews Your Application.

By bgoldszer | January 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

After you submit your application, it must pass the initial computer screening process, impress the readers, and be memorable and strong enough for you to survive the admission committee’s deliberations.

You’re Accepted! Now what?

By bgoldszer | January 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Getting accepted to college will be the first of many great accomplishments in your life. After crafting the perfect application – taking SAT exams, preparing for interviews, and writing essays that best captures you — the hard work paid off. But what comes next?

What to Do After Submitting My College Application

By bgoldszer | January 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Read about four action steps you can take right now to continue demonstrating interest in your colleges after the application has been submitted.

6 Steps to Mastering a College Fair

By bgoldszer | January 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

College fairs are often overwhelming and intimidating. Hundreds of eager parents and students pack into a convention center. They rotate around the room to learn about what colleges all over the country have to offer. Attending a college fair is an opportunity to get to know schools, meet the admissions officers who represent them, and begin the journey of building a relationship that demonstrates your interest and fit for the college.

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