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How to Ask for a College Recommendation Letter

By Bethany Goldszer | June 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

College recommendation letters are important in the college admissions process. The recommendation letter provides social proof or verification of the…

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7 Summer Activities that Impress Colleges

By Bethany Goldszer | June 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Summer is a great time to work on activities that will impress colleges. Don’t let your teen sit around and do nothing. Read about 7 things they can do, even while social distancing, to stay busy.

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Writing a College Essay

By Bethany Goldszer | June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Writing a college essay is not like writing an English class essay. Rather, the college essay is a personal statement that captures who you are as a student and why you should be admitted into college. In about 650 words, the college essay should be well written and compelling, engaging, and deeply personal.

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7 Big Mistakes to Avoid When You Apply for Financial Aid

By Bethany Goldszer | August 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

The cost of a college education in the United States is rising. According to the College Board, it can cost your family $23,890 to send your student to an in-state public school, and $32,410 for a private school. To help American families with college costs, federal and state governments and colleges give more than $200 billion annually in financial aid. Your student can apply for financial aid to receive support to help meet the costs of obtaining a college education.

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A to Z Guide to College Transition

By Bethany Goldszer | April 17, 2019 | 1 Comment

Seniors – by now you have received your admission letter and are ready to enroll in college. Great! Read this list of steps to take between now and the first day of classes to ensure a smooth college transition. Consult with the enrollment letter provided by your school, and keep in close contact with your college for important updates about your enrollment status.

As you navigate the enrollment process, I hope you find this A to Z guide to college transition helpful, along with other tips that will lead to matriculation success.

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How to Negotiate a Financial Aid Award

By Bethany Goldszer | April 12, 2019 | 2 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.

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7 Tips for Creating a Stand Out College Application

By Bethany Goldszer | April 4, 2019 | 1 Comment

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

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Applying Test-Optional? Here’s How to Decide.

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.

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

By Bethany Goldszer | March 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

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

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Can My Student Apply to College Undecided About a Major?

By Bethany Goldszer | 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?”

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