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What the Extinction of the H.S. Guidance Counselor Means to You

What the Extinction of the H.S. Guidance Counselor Means to You

Time Magazine painfully quantified what many of us know intuitively: the number of guidance counselors in public schools is woefully inadequate and getting worse. Due to radically contracting budgets, counseling jobs are being cut and those remaining must assume additional, […]

Why one student said no to the Ivy League

Why one student said no to the Ivy League

Ashlie isn’t going to change the world…she already has, and her story is an important one for college-bound students. Ashlie is bright, witty, intellectually curious, generous and much more.  She’s incredibly talented and this was recognized by the Ivy League […]

Net Price Calculators: What families should know

My latest assignment is about financial aid (and if you want to stop reading now, I completely understand).  This is not exactly my favorite subject, but it is a necessary evil.  You don’t need me to tell you that the […]

Who the Heck Is Getting into Ivy League Schools?

Who the Heck Is Getting into Ivy League Schools?

So by now you’ve figured out that Ivy League schools are admitting some infinitesimally small percentage of students who apply.  These students are truly the needle in the haystack of college-bound applicants.  Who are they? And what exactly have they […]

The Only Good Way to Compare Financial Aid Packages

The Only Good Way to Compare Financial Aid Packages

During March and April, each day may be bringing news of college acceptances and financial aid packages to your college bound freshman. Your excitement over being accepted can, however, quickly turn to the stress of having to make a college […]

What You Should Know About Poor College Graduation Rates

What You Should Know About Poor College Graduation Rates

A lot of energy goes into the recruitment of prospective students by colleges.  Slick brochures,     appealing online campaigns with a keen eye to differentiation among stiff competition, and campus programs and amenities are all geared to attract students.  […]

Does Filling out College Financial Aid Forms cause Send-a-phobia?

Does Filling out College Financial Aid Forms cause Send-a-phobia?

As I innocently sit at a high school concert, the parent of a college-bound student sitting next to me leans over and says, “I have filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), but I’m petrified to hit […]

Applying for Financial Aid: Step 1 in Five Minutes!

Sometimes, when you are about to embark on a big, intimidating project, it helps to break it down into small, manageable steps.  So, as you begin the college financial aid process, a mere 5 minutes will get you started and […]

What is a “Safety School” Really?

What is a “Safety School” Really?

In the world of college admissions, what is a safety school really?  Most college bound students would agree that it’s a college where they are almost certain they could gain admission, but it’s so much more than that.  College acceptances […]

Choosing a College When Money Matters

Choosing a College When Money Matters

Many, perhaps most, Americans, cannot afford to write a check to a $50,000+/year college or university, so how do you go about choosing a college when money matters? Read the article published on Our Mom Spot to find out.  To […]