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10 Things You Need to Know About College Net Price Calculators
With a net price calculator, youíll discover how much a college will cost your family once any merit scholarships or financial aid is subtracted from the cost of attendance.
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The complete guide to choosing a college major
Once youíve applied and been accepted into college, itís time to select your major. A college admissions experts offers helpful tips for parents and students.
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It's never too late to start your college plan
Itís never too late to start saving for your childís college education. Here are some tips for late stage planning strategies that wonít jeopardize your retirement.
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Want to help your child get into college? Take a step back.
When it comes to a student's college application process, new research suggests that too much parent involvement can end up doing more harm than good.
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Raising city kids? 8 states where you can save the most money
If you want your kids to grow up in an urban environment and still have room for college savings in your budget, check out these 8 low-cost cities.
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A guide to finding your best SAT date
A college admissions expert offers helpful advice on how to select the best date to take the SAT exam, taking other important deadlines into account.
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College Savings Tips with Julie Shields-Rutyna
Join Brian Boswell and the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA)ís Julie Shields-Rutyna for a live Facebook event, Tuesday, February 28th. Brian and Julie will be taking questions from the audience on topics like 529 plans, financial aid and more.
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How to Achieve the College Dream Live Q&A Event
Some students who perform well academically, but are hesitant to apply to selective colleges because of their social or economic backgrounds. In this live Q&A event, Maria Carla Chicuen, author of Achieve the College Dream, offers practical advice on how students of all income levels can make their dream school a reality.
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The importance of summer vacation in the road to college
The most selective universities often require applicants to write at least a short paragraph describing the academic or extracurricular activities in which students have participated during the summer vacations throughout high school.
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Expert advice on taking a gap year before college
Taking a gap year before college is becoming popular among U.S. students. An admissions counselor shares expert advice on how to decide if itís right for you.
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What you can do in middle school to start preparing for college
Middle school is a great time to start preparing for college. Here are steps to take during sixth, seventh and eighth grade to become a competitive applicant.
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3 ways the PSAT will help your college admission chances
While taking the PSAT/NMSQT wonít directly influence college admission decisions, there are still three important benefits students can get out of it.
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The Best Way to Save For College Live Q&A Event
Second only to retirement, planning for your childrenís college education is one of the most important financial decisions your family has to make.
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Fall semester timeline for high school seniors
Lulu Curiel, CEO and Founder of Ivy Advisors, provides helpful tips for high school seniors on how they can best prepare for college over the coming months.
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Kaplan to offer FREE online PSAT prep course
Kaplan Test Prep recently announced the upcoming launch of a free Preliminary SAT (PSAT) prep course for all students., which will cover each area of the exam, including Reading, Math, Writing and Language.
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How to earn college credit without ever setting foot on campus
Even before enrolling in a four-year university, high school students can get a head start on earning college credit.
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8 things to know going into your freshman year of college
It's important to maintain perspective as you enter college and the transition to adulthood. These tips from Ivy Advisors will help ease your anxiety and prepare you for your freshman year.
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A guide to applying for scholarships
This guide will help you navigate the world of college scholarships and win the awards you need to pay for your school of choice.
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A High Schooler's Guide to Preparing For the Ivy Leagues
While thereís no set guideline that will lead you to a successful admission into the Ivy League, there are four things to focus on during your high school career that could increase your chances of getting in.
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4 tips on making the most of summertime college visits
Summer is a great time of year for you to see firsthand if a college is the right school for you. Here are four recommendations to help you get the most out of your summer campus visits.
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Will taking a gap year help me get into the Ivy League?
Increase awareness of the gap years, and their benefits.
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How to pay your tuition bill with a 529 plan
Now that you've saved for college with a 529 plan, learn about the best ways to take a withdrawal and make your first tuition payment.
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6 things to consider if your child is going to college overseas
Cost shouldn't be the only factor to consider if your child wants to attend college overseas.
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Which Standardized Test Should You Take - the ACT or SAT?
Today, both the SAT and the ACT are accepted by four-year universities.
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Introducing the new and improved SAT
The SAT exam has undergone a major renovation.
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Everything You Need to Know About Parent PLUS Loans
If youíre a parent considering a PLUS loan to help pay for your childís education, read on for everything you need to know first.
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Student loan debt vs. investments: What to prioritize
Eliminating debt is always beneficial, could focusing too much on paying back those college loans actually be bad?
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AP vs. IB: Which Program Is Best for You?
Both AP and IB programs give high school students the opportunity to earn college credit and become better prepared for higher education.
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How to save for college and still get financial aid
There are three things that will determine how much aid a student will qualify for:
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Are college admissions officers checking out your profile?
According to a new survey from Kaplan Test Prep, todayís college applicants should be careful what they post to Facebook and Instagram.
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Small Changes Can Lead to Big College Savings in 2016
There's no better time than the present to bolster your college savings.
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Here's how you can help your child pick a college major
Thinking about a future career path is an important step in the college planning process that sometimes gets overlooked in the midst of filling out college applications and figuring out how to pay the tuition.
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Conquering the Admissions Interview
Consider the following tips to help you master your admissions interview.
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10 ways to find scholarships
Parent or student looking to fill your college savings gap without having to borrow, here are 10 places you can look to find scholarships.
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Using 529 plan savings to pay for a gap year
Are there benefits to participating in a gap year program?
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23 best value colleges for budget-conscious students
The U.S. Department of Education has compiled a list of the 23 colleges that offer the lowest net prices and highest potential incomes after graduation.
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Considering community college? Here are the pros and cons
Fortunately, there are ways to avoid excessive student debt.
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The new SAT essay: Does your dream school require it?
The short answer is maybe, but probably not. The College Board's new version of the SAT will roll out in March, which includes a newly structured, optional essay portion.
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Six steps to landing in the Ivy Leagues
If your child has their hopes set on attending an Ivy League school, it's important to start preparing early on. Lulu Curiel of Ivy Advisors shares six tips to pave your path to the Ivy League schools.
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The biggest college planning mistake parents make
How much debt should parents and students take on?
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5 tips to crafting the perfect essay
College admission essays fill the gap between you and your test scores. Learn useful strategies when crafting your essay:
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Surprising facts about scholarships
But before you apply for a student loan, why not explore the idea of scholarships?
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Want to land a great job? Here's where you should go to school
According to hiring managers, these are the top 10 colleges in the U.S.
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5 changes to the SAT and how parents are reacting
Did you know a new version of the SAT will be launching in March?
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Lacrosse or Kumon? Which activities best prepare a young child for college?
Many believe that certain activities will give their child a leg up on the competition when it comes time to apply for college.
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10 things to know before you take an online course
Before enrolling in an online course, get the facts. Here are the top ten things you should know about e-learning.
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4 things to watch out for when applying to a top school
If you have high hopes for sending your child to an Ivy League college, watch out for these common mistakes that can cost your child an acceptance letter.
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Being Smart about Recommendation Letters Before Senior Year of High School
What is one of the most useful steps young students can take to improve their chances of getting into a top school?
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How you can help your child ace the SAT or ACT
It's never too early to start preparing for the SATs or ACTs. Lauren Gaggioli, Founder of Higher Scores Test Prep, shares her insights on what it takes to make the grade on these high-stress standardized tests.
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Should I pay for private elementary school or save for college?
Is it more important to pay for education now, or save for college?
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How younger students can build a competitive profile for the Ivy League schools
It's never too early to start thinking about your child's college application. Here are some things you can do now to prepare your child for the Ivy League.
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5 characteristics of high school students heading to college
Students are more concerned than ever about the price of college and many are trying to avoid student loans. Here's a breakdown of why they're so motivated, and what they're doing to make their dreams a reality.
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Is Online College a Cheaper Option for Your High School Grad?
If the coming months include college for your son or daughter, you're likely facing the dilemma of how to pay some steep tuition costs.
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Don't waste your summers - Get ready for the Ivy League
If your child has their hopes set on attending an Ivy League school, it's important to start preparing early on. Lulu Curiel of Ivy Advisors shares some tips on how to use this summer to help you pave your path to the Ivy League schools.
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Is your child headed for the Ivy League?
Tens of thousands of students from all over the world apply to Ivy League schools each year. Take this quiz to see if your child is on track.
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9 tips on getting into an Ivy League School
Getting accepted to that dream Ivy League college can be difficult, but it's not impossible. Here are some tips on navigating the admissions process from International College Counselors CEO Mandee Heller Adler.
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