Where Are My PSAT Scores & What Do They Mean?!

READ ON TO FIND OUT HOW TO LOCATE YOUR SCORES! The PSAT (a pre-SAT) taken by virtually every U.S. 11th grader (and many younger students) and it’s also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC). Students tested in October and their scores become available in December 2016. Counselors will receive the data on December 5th and a week later on December 12th scores will be available online for families in each student’s CollegeBoard account. Most schools opt to also receive paper reports to distribute to students. These will arrive at the schools in January 2017. So how … Continue reading

5 Reasons to NOT Pay Your College Deposit

It’s exciting! You have a place to go to college. A new home for the next four year. SOMEONE wants you – maybe even your first choice school. They’ve even offered you some scholarship money, and now they’ve asked for your deposit. STOP! Did you know that the National Association for College Admissions Counselors (NACAC – of which I’m a member) ethics states that no college shall manipulate students to make a commitment prior to May 1 and housing options may not be leveraged to do so.  It is your right to take your time to make what is a … Continue reading

Questions to Ask When Choosing Test Prep

Discerning the best fit test prep program for your child can feel like just another daunting task in the college bound journey. There is no one size that fits all, and any organization giving a guarantee of results or claiming a magic formula for improvement should be avoided. To help guide families through making an educated decision, LEAP has formulated crucial questions to ask along with how we answer those questions. How long has your Program been in Business? LEAP was founded in 1999 and has assisted tens of thousands of Cincinnati and Columbus area students in improving their ACT … Continue reading

Planning YOUR ACT-SAT Testing Timeline

Ohio is now giving all juniors either the ACT or SAT each spring. This creates great opportunity and can cut the cost of college entrance in half to a third of what it previously was. With this opportunity, many families feel they are lost in a maze of confusion trying to make a plan and discern the right decisions for their individual child. LEAP’s team operates on vast experience built since 1999 and guides families through answering questions such as: How does completion of algebra 2 impact the testing timeline? Should students take the ACT, SAT or both? How does … Continue reading

What’s the “Write” Option?

Students who don’t like to write are often looking for outs when it comes to writing.  The ACT and now SAT calling their writing or essay portion of the test “optional”, often feels like it’s ripe for opting OUT of the dreaded essay.  So what’s one to do? LEAP offers advice to families with the desire to keep all college options open for application in the fall of the senior year. Colleges that DON’T Require the Writing Portion As of fall 2016, the initiation of application season for the class of 2017, there’s been a change. ALL Ohio public schools no … Continue reading

Senior Alert: CSS/Financial Aid Profile Available 10/1

LEAP welcomes the return of our partner and guest blogger, Beatrice Schultz with Westface College Planning. She’s an expert on planning how to pay for college and getting a great return on your investment.   The CSS Profile is the form YOU need to complete to qualify and maximize non-federal financial aid from the almost 300 colleges who require it. While not as commonly used as theFAFSA, for those colleges that do use it, completing the CSS Profile is a requirement to qualify for any non-federal financial aid, and who doesn’t want some extra money toward their college fund? It … Continue reading

PSAT & National Merit Basics

Stephanie Meyer Twilight author, M. Night Shyamalan movie director, Jeffrey Bezos CEO of Amazon.com, John Roberts Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, Bill Gates former Microsoft Chairman, Ben Bernanke Chairman of the US Federal Reserve have one thing in common.  They were each National Merit Scholarship winners chosen from a pool of 15,000 National Merit Finalists.  How did they get there? Each October more than 1.5 million high school juniors enter the National Merit Scholarship race by taking the PSAT test through Collegeboard at their local high school.  The PSAT doubles only in the junior year as the National Merit … Continue reading

Before You File For Financial Aid

October 1, 2016 the FAFSA will roll out – YES! This is a new date. This application is required to utilize federal financial aid for which you or your student may qualify. The first step, logging into your account to apply, changed in 2016. It is in affect for the high school class of 2017 and older students already in college who are applying for aid. Yes, the FAFSA must be completed every year you are in college and intend to use federal aid, including the Stafford Unsubsidized Loan which even students with no financial need can utilize. All families are required … Continue reading

All Ohio Juniors to Take the ACT or SAT

On July 11, 2016, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) announced starting with the graduating class of 2018 ALL Ohio juniors will take EITHER the ACT or SAT each spring as one of their three diploma options.  In addition to 20 state minimum course credit requirements, all students must meet ONE of the college and career readiness standards: Earning a cumulative 18 points on Ohio’s state end-of-course exams. Earning 12 points for industry and workforce readiness. Earning “remediation-free” scores on the ACT or SAT. How will this work? Each high school in the state of Ohio will choose between administering the … Continue reading

Ready, Set, Connect! College Fairs in Cincinnati & Columbus Fall 2016

Whether you’re a sophomore or junior staring the college visits and selection or a senior knee deep in college applications, college fairs are a great way to engage with admissions reps from our area, demonstrate interest and learn more about the schools. A few tips! Advance Planning Register ahead of time when possible. Consult the list of attending colleges before you go; create a target list for connection. Create a list of questions to ask the representative. Print out contact stickers to save time when completing contact cards for more information. You want the college to know you were there! By … Continue reading

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