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tips for making your final college decisionYou’ve been running to the mailbox and checking your email for weeks. Finally, the news has arrived. Your college decision letters are in! Now that decisions have been released, your inbox will soon be full of news and helpful links from the schools you’ve been admitted to. The time has come for you to pick a school.

If you’re considering more than one of your acceptances, there are several things you can do to help narrow down your choices.

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Can you answer this month’s SAT question? Check out Gruber’s Complete SAT Guide 2014 and MyMaxScore SAT Practice Test Plus to keep practicing and boost your test scores!

Select the best answer from among the choices given.

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good relationships with teachers and counselorsFrom freshman through senior year of high school, aside from family members and friends, there is no one with you spend more time with you than your teachers. And while some large state universities don’t require any teacher recommendations as part of the college application process, many colleges ask for at least one, if not two, letters. Therefore, it behooves you to develop good relationships with a number of teachers throughout your four years of high school.

Sometimes called a guidance counselor, a college advisor, or a college counselor, a high school counselor is also a part of your high school team. Their availability is much less predictable, since they are often responsible for anywhere from 250 to over 1,000 students at many public high schools. Even private school counselors are in charge of a considerable number. High school counselors are the go-to person that college admissions representatives contact if they have any questions about a particular student.

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tips for first-gen college studentsI often have the chance to speak to parents whose children will soon embark on the path toward college. This can be a scary time no matter where the student comes from and especially if his or her parents have not had their own college experience. There is much to learn about the processes, the culture, and the financing of college and how to achieve the ultimate outcomes of a college career and a successful life after.

Try these tips that other parents have found interesting and useful:

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This month’s big NCAA tournament is the ultimate democratic sporting event—one where schools from the most humble of athletic origins get to strut and fret their hour upon the national stage and entertain visions of knocking off a Division I powerhouse or two before succumbing to an inevitable fate by the Round of 16.

The March mania also reminds us that the U.S. is the only country in the world where varsity athletics often play a huge—even defining—role in campus life and culture. Can you imagine undergrads at Oxford or Cambridge painting their faces in the appropriate shade of blue to cheer on their oarsmen in what the Brits refer to simply as “The Race”?

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ultimate-guide-to-community-college-summer-classesAre you a community-college student who’s thinking about enrolling in courses this summer? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Taking summer classes is a great way to get ahead and ensure that you’ll graduate on time. Registration for summer courses usually begins in April/May and classes fill up quickly! Be sure to make your plans early to avoid missing out on the classes you need.

I’m here to help you make the most out of your summer courses by taking the right ones, avoiding common pitfalls, and knowing how it will affect your financial aid. Let’s get started.

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tips for how to avoid senioritis in high schoolSenior slump, senior slide, senioritis. Whatever you call it, the urge to slack off in your senior year of high school can be overwhelming. Now that the pressure of college admissions is off, it can be all too easy to lose direction and motivation. But with the finish line in sight, now is not the time to slow down!

Senior year can be an extremely productive and satisfying time if you approach it with the right attitude. Here are eight tips to help you stay focused as your high school career draws to a close.

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3-steps-before-college-decision-lettersWith the pressure of submitting your college applications behind you, it might feel like your job is done; you’ve submitted all your applications and now you’re waiting for a decision from each school. But before you sit back and relax, take an active role in making sure you’ve done all you can to put your application in a slot for success.

We’ve heard too many stories about students who assume that their materials have been received and later find out, after months without a response, that their teachers’ recommendation letters or their standardized test scores never even made it to the admissions office. Don’t let this to happen to you!

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Can you answer this month’s SAT question? Check out Gruber’s Complete SAT Guide 2014 for more practice problems like this!

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 Filing the FAFSA can be a confusing process, but never fear! Our college financial expert, Frank Palmasani, has the answers to your most pressing questions.

What is the FAFSA and what does it do?

The FAFSA is the official document used by the federal government to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This EFC number is used by colleges to determine your eligibility for all need-based programs, such as federal grants, work-study employment, and student loans. It is also used by many state agencies to calculate your eligibility for state grants and by colleges to calculate your eligibility for college need-based grants.

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