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7 Big Mistakes to Avoid When You Apply for Financial Aid

By Bethany Goldszer | Aug 7, 2019

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 | Apr 17, 2019

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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Applying for financial aid

How to Negotiate a Financial Aid Award

By Bethany Goldszer | Apr 12, 2019

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

By Bethany Goldszer | Mar 26, 2019

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 | Mar 15, 2019

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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How the Admissions Committee Works

By Bethany Goldszer | Jan 25, 2019

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.

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You’re Accepted to College! Now what?

By Bethany Goldszer | Jan 22, 2019

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?

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What to Do After Submitting My College Application

By Bethany Goldszer | Jan 19, 2019

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

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6 Steps to Mastering a College Fair

By Bethany Goldszer | Jan 13, 2019

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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