Monthly Archives: December 2011

5 Tips to Follow Before You Hit “Submit”

After 20-plus years of working with college-bound high school students, it’s not the flawless applications that standout; instead, it’s the scatterbrained mistakes that students didn’t realize they were making until after pressing “submit.” To ensure that your application won’t become another what-to-avoid story, follow these tips learned from others’ mistakes. 1. Beat deadlines. Make a spreadsheet of all deadlines. Don’t plan to meet your application deadlines, but prepare to submit it early. Give yourself a comfort zone in case something happens to slow you down. Not all pieces of the application puzzle are under your control, so allow for even … Continue reading

How to use PSAT Results

Students took the test in October and finally, as we approach winter break, they’ll receive their PSAT scores. So now what? Juniors If you are a junior, learn from your score report. Analyze your results.  What is your area of strength and weakness? Hone in on these as you enter ACT and/or SAT testing.  Concentrate not only on improving areas of weakness, but highlighting your strengths. Compare to PLAN results.  The PLAN is the little sister to the ACT; hopefully your school administered this valuable tool.  Comparing PLAN and PSAT results by examining national percentile scores can give you an early … Continue reading

Is the CSS Profile Necessary to Receive Aid?

This week we have a guest blogger, Scott Moffitt.  Scott is President/CEO of Summit College Funding in Cincinnati, OH as well as CoFounder of College Planning Relief and author of College and Retirement: You can do Both! He’s all about saving families thousands on college.   There are 2 methods for determining financial aid: the federal and institutional methodologies. The federal methodology is used to disperse all state and federal based aid, while the institutional methodology is used by a select group (not all) of private schools to disperse private aid. By completing the FAFSA,Free Application for Federal Student Aid, you … Continue reading

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