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Posts Tagged ‘choosing a college’


Should You “Follow the Money” When Choosing a College?

  I’ve said over and over again to parents, “You’ve got to look at the statistics when it comes to paying for college.” Before the list begins, before the college visits start and before the applications are completed, you MUST know how much it costs and if you can afford to pay for it. You […]

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My Daughter Turned Down a Full-Ride Scholarship

    During this financial aid award season, several years ago, my daughter had to make a difficult decision: which college would receive her acceptance of an offer of admission. Of the many colleges she applied to, they included private colleges, state universities, and trade colleges. Some offered her financial aid, others did not. It […]

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Wednesday’s Parent: What is a Perfect Fit College?

  What is a perfect fit college? When asked, “how do you determine if a college is the right fit?”, overlook all the emotional motives: Your friends are going there Your parents went there You like the football team Your boyfriend/girlfriend has chosen it You want to impress your friends by the name You want […]

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Mom-Approved Tips: How Will You Make the Final College Choice?

  The May 1st decision deadline is approaching and families are anguishing over that final college choice. The college your student chooses will be her home for the next four years. It will be her extended family. Her choice should take into consideration those two facts. But how will you make the final college choice? […]

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Mom-Approved Tips: Six Steps to a Great College Search

  This article was originally published on University Parent. As my children entered high school and began on the college path, I knew I was going to be handicapped. I had not attended college myself and my husband attended a local school with a 100 percent acceptance rate. Neither of us had any idea how […]

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Wednesday’s Parent: A Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet

  Those famous words from Shakespeare in his play Romeo and Juliet (a rose by any other name would smell as sweet) aren’t just about romance. They can be applied to college—yes college. Go to any parents meeting (especially with senior parents) and the name dropping is everywhere. “My son got accepted to Stanford. My […]

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Mom-Approved Tips: Planning for an Informed College Choice

  Building off of the fabulous and informative articles about the economics of choosing a college featured earlier this month (Payscale’s 2015 College Salary Report and Mom Approved Tips: How to Choose a College), I want to share with you a simple system to help you make this huge decision and an informed college choice. […]

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Mom-Approved Tips: How to Choose a College

  Today I’ve opted to post an article written by a young woman who has worked as a financial aid officer and wants to spread the word about financial literacy and money management skills for college-bound teens. She has witnessed parents and students make some unwise decisions about college. She offers some excellent advice on how to […]

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Custom College Rankings

  For seniors, the college search is almost over. On May 1st, they will make their final college choice and look toward graduation and the fall when they become a college student. For sophomores and juniors, the search has just begun. We’ve been learning about choosing a college over the last several weeks, with posts […]

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How Do You Choose a College?

  Teenagers. They have such a simplistic view of life. When you ask many of them about college, they reply, “All I need is a degree”. They don’t know where they want to attend or how to choose a college. Many haven’t even thought about it until senior year. How DO you choose a college? […]

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