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college fair tipsWhether you’re narrowing down your list of colleges or just starting your college search, college fairs are an excellent (and usually free!) resource to take advantage of to gather information about schools you’re interested in and get a feel for them without having to visit each campus. They are also crucial opportunities to make contacts by chatting one-on-one with campus representatives.

Student contact with admissions offices (aka “demonstrated interest”) can be a “tip factor” in admissions. Your contact with colleges could be the difference between your being admitted, wait-listed, or rejected—so take advantage of college fairs! To learn how to make the most of college fairs, check out this advice from adMISSION POSSIBLE by Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz.

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 For many families, Thanksgiving break is the first opportunity for students to come home since they left for college. But now that your kid has been living on their own for a while, things could seem a little different. Are you prepared? Learn what to expect with this excerpt from The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only by New York Times bestselling author Harlan Cohen.

college student home for thanksgivingThanksgiving break is a very exciting time for parents. Having your child home again is just about the most wonderful thing that could happen (that and actually cooking the turkey to perfection). There are so many things to do and so much catching up. There are meals to share, rooms to clean, light bulbs to change, computer issues to resolve, things to buy, stuff to rearrange, relatives to see, family outings to go on—there are so many things to do as a family and so little time to do it.

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Posted by on in Choosing Colleges

how to narrow down your college listChoosing your list of colleges is one of the most important admissions decisions you will make. With thousands of schools to choose from, this decision can be a tough one! Check out these pointers from our experts to help you find the right college for you.

Consider the Cost

Frank Palmasani, Author of Right College, Right Price: The New System for Discovering the Best College Fit at the Best Price

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Do you have your sights set on attending an Ivy League school next fall? Have you thought about applying to an Ivy, but ruled it out because of selectivity or cost? Before you call your college list final and complete those applications, check out these lesser-known facts about the Ivy League. You just might reconsider a few of the schools you’ve put on—or taken off—your list.

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Can you answer this SAT writing question?

See directions.

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Breathe deep. Smell it?

Homesickness, it’s in the air. If you’re a parent of a first-year college student, your kid might have caught it. Before helping your kid get through the homesickness, I want to congratulate you on winning. Yes, you won. Do a dance. Celebrate. Your kid misses your cooking, hugs, kisses, conversation, and love. In fact, your child is sick without it. Home is worth getting sick over. Congrats.

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Every college has its own array of forms and requests that it wants from you, and each has its own particular due dates. Because an admissions application is not complete until the college receives every piece of required information, you need a system for keeping track of what is required, when it is due, what you’ve sent, and most importantly, when it is received. Organizing your college applications from the very beginning can determine whether the college admissions process goes smoothly or becomes a chaotic mess. And as such, it can affect your admissions chances.

To make sure that you keep your applications on track, be sure to start with these three steps:

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Can you answer this ACT math question? For the tips and strategies to help you answer any ACT question correctly, check out Gruber’s Complete ACT Guide 2014.

If a and b are consecutive integers such that a > b, then:

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last minute act and sat study tipsThe SAT and ACT are fast approaching. You’ve spent weeks—months—studying and preparing for this all-important test. (Or maybe you haven’t, and you’re starting to panic.) You feel like your brain will explode if you try to cram any more information in, but you can’t just sit around and wait for test day to come. Are there any last-minute tips and tricks you can use to make the most of the time ticking away? The answer is YES!

As important as it is to spend the time memorizing math equations and word roots, it’s equally important to make good use of the last days and hours before the test. A mistake that many students make is trying to absorb too much information in a short period of time. Studies have shown that this is not an effective way to study.

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Posted by on in Paying for College

1. “How much can my family and I afford to pay for college each year?”

Unfortunately, many young people go about their college search as if financial aspects are a nonissue. These students are often disappointed in the end, when they learn that their number-one college choice is unaffordable. Determining the amount you and your family can afford before beginning your applications will prevent this and allow you to find a school within your budget.

2. “How can I use net price calculators to estimate the amount each college will cost me?”

Every college in the country has a net price calculator on its website. A college’s net price calculator helps you to estimate the amount you will have to pay, or your net price, at that school. Net price is defined as the sticker price minus any grants and/or scholarships provided. It is important to understand your net price because this price is what your family will actually have to pay. If it matches what you have determined you can afford, that school is a financial fit.

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