Summer Activities that Give You an Edge – Part 2

Part 2 Internships Internships are wonderful because they can give you great insight into what you would like to do for a living, as well as what you do not enjoy. The more internships you are able to participate in, the more marketable you will be, and the better you will understand your strengths and […]

Summer Activities that Give You an Edge – Part 1

Part 1 Passion Pursuing something that you are passionate about not only provides you with depth, but also expands your scope. If you are an avid lacrosse player who loves the game, maybe teaching it to underprivileged younger students would bring you satisfaction. To make the experience possible you could start a donation program where […]

The Congressional Awards Program

Congressional Awards Program is a very unique and brilliant program where you lay out your goals and with the help of an advisor and validators you accomplish those objectives. “The Congressional Award, a public-private partnership, established by Congress in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, is a non-competitive program open to young people ages 14-23, regardless […]

Financial Considerations when Choosing a College

What Will the College Actually Cost? When you receive your scholarship and financial awards from your colleges take the time to look at the school’s net price for you. That is Cost of Attendance – which is tuition, room, board, fees, books, etc. — (minus grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships). Separate any loans that the family […]

20 Reasons a College Degree is More Powerful Than a High School Diploma

Is a college degree really worth the cost and effort? Here are my top 20 reasons that a college degree is worthwhile: You’ll earn about $1 million more in salary over your lifetime Your life expectancy is going to be longer on average You will have more savings as an adult Enjoy the flexibility to […]

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Should You Fill Out the FAFSA?

Should you fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)? Many experts say yes, because money is available and having filed it initially gives you more options. Most Colleges only require that you fill out the FAFSA to qualify for financial aid, but some also require the CSS Profile. The form is filled out […]

Researching a College

Check Graduation Rates Once you have a list of colleges that interest you, I recommend finding out what their graduation rates are. Sadly, the four year college graduation rate in the U.S. is 37%. For state colleges it is 31%. Since the main goal of college is receiving a degree, it is important to look […]

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What Will a 4 Year College Degree Give You vs. Just a High School Diploma?

About $1M more dollars in salary over your lifetime A Longer Life Expectancy More Savings as an Adult The Ability to Move From Job to Job and City to City if You Want to Better Decisions on What You Buy More Hobbies & Leisure Activities Better Health More Job Security Feeling More Optimistic About the […]

Options for College Visits

Which type of visit would be best for you: Open Houses, Autumn Preview Days, specific Major or Honors College tours, Personalized Visits, an Overnight Visit, or a regular tour? Many times families are constrained by the calendar, but it may be worth finding out about your alternatives. Larger colleges have open houses while smaller schools […]

Visiting Colleges

Planning Plan your college visit ahead of time and see a number of suitable colleges in the same geographic area. You can use the website, and click on Trip Planner which can show you routing from one university to another, as well as nearby hotels. Also, when you input each college on the list it usually gives you links […]

Questions to Ask on a College Visit

Finding the right college fit requires matching multiple key characteristics. College visits are an important part of a well-rounded college research strategy. During a campus tour, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the many buildings, programs and information that is given. Take a copy of this college visit questionnaire with you on your next campus tour and make the […]