10 Items You Should Research Before Ever Committing To A College

By Brock Jolly / September 22, 2020

This post was updated on September 23, 2020. It was originally published on June 1, 2016.  Rising high school juniors and seniors have already begun or will begin to look seriously at colleges soon. Many students are focused on the following factors in their college search: The looks and size of the campus The quality…

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Socializing and Preserving Mental Health in College: The COVID Conundrum

By Willis Holdeman / September 21, 2020

Don’t Scoff at University Social Events After graduating high school, I was more than ready to move into my college dorm room at the end of summer.  Unlike many prospective students in the current pandemic, I was able to visit campus a few times over that summer to explore dorm room options and submit my…

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The Financial Aid Appeals Process: A Guide to Everything You Need to Know

By Evan Haire / September 3, 2020

It’s rare that we meet parents who know this important fact: the first offer a financial aid department makes your student isn’t necessarily their final offer; you can appeal for more money! Often times you can appeal your first aid package offer, either as a reflection of errors made during the submission process (we’ll discuss…

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Step By Step Guide To Getting Cheap Textbooks For College

By Brock Jolly / August 11, 2020

This post was originally published on August 3, 2015. It was updated on August 11, 2020. You may have spent years focusing on GPA and extracurriculars; you may have spent time and money preparing for and taking the SAT/ACT, researching and visiting colleges, trying to figure out how to pay for college, trying to understand…

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25 Investigates: Student-athletes could miss out on recruitment and scholarships if sports are canceled due to COVID-19

By Online Media Source / August 4, 2020

By: Ted Daniel, Boston 25 News Updated: August 3, 2020 – 9:57 PM BOSTON — The pandemic has already disrupted high school and college sports. Now it threatens to disrupt the dreams of many student-athletes. If sports seasons are canceled, athletes who were looking to get recruited will lose that opportunity and potentially lose a…

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The Secret of CLEP Tests: Save Time and Money in College

By Freddie Rappina / July 29, 2020

Let’s face it. College is expensive, and prices seem to endlessly go up. Proactive parents and students who come up with a good college funding strategy tend to do better than those who are reactive or just follow the herd to possibly crippling student loan debt. One of the solutions to the college problem I’ve…

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How Out-Of-State Students Can Get In-State Tuition

By Brock Jolly / July 16, 2020

This article was originally published on July 15, 2016. It was updated on July 16, 2020. Many students now attend public universities to reduce the cost of higher education. Unfortunately, students often face a huge premium if they want to attend a public university that is not in their state of residence. This can be…

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Using the Equity in Your Home to Pay for College – Good or Bad Idea?

By Demetrius Doss / July 16, 2020

With the cost of college continuing to skyrocket, parents are now looking under every rock and hard place to try and find resources to pay for their student’s college education. One of these available options could be the equity in your home.  Some parents, especially those who realize their child will probably not receive need-based…

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The Myth of the D.C. Resident Paying In-State Tuition

By Zaina Bankwalla / July 16, 2020

This post was originally published on May 3, 2019. It was updated on July 16, 2020. Do Washington D.C. Residents Get In-State College Tuition in All States? This is the most common question I hear when I give my college workshop, Little Known Secrets of Paying for College. The short answer is…. No! But there…

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Navigating Your Undergraduate Student Loan Options Wisely

By Tim McFillin / July 14, 2020

As of February 2020, about half of Americans expect to live paycheck to paycheck this year. Keep in mind that this report came before COVID-19 really impacted the US jobs market. Now, that percentage is likely higher, especially for people in the travel and service industries. This means that many parents probably do not have…

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