Step One

Plan for PSAT & Other Standardized Tests

Many high school students choose to take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) and other practice exams to help them prepare for future standardized tests. Practice test scores can help your student determine how much they need to study for the SAT or ACT.

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Important Test-Day SAT Tips

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Preparing for the SAT

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What Is a Good PSAT Score?

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Step Two

Get Involved in Outside Activities

Now’s the time for your student to participate in extracurricular activities, such as sports, the arts, hobbies, projects, etc. These can all be added to their brag sheet later.

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Volunteering in High School Means Intrinsic and Extrinsic Rewards for Your Child

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Certification Classes for Teens, High Schoolers

Whether your child is thinking about taking a few classes before college, in between semesters, or even jumping right in

Summer Programs for High School Students

Summer programs for high school students offer opportunities ranging from local college classes to programs around the world. As college

Holistic Admissions: Your Child Is More Than Their Grades and Test Scores

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NHS vs. NSHSS: What Are They and Which One Is Right For Your Child?

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Step Three

Understand Types of Colleges

It’s true that one school doesn’t fit all. Learn as much as you can about school typesfrom private to state, small to large, community to 4-year, liberal arts to special interest.

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What Is Yield Protection and What Does it Have to Do With College Admissions?

Your student isn’t the only one worried about college acceptances. Schools are as well–they want to know the rate at

Best-Selling College Guides

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Understanding College Tuition and Fees

 The price of attending a college found in Google searches and on college and university websites can often be deceiving.

Colleges and Universities That Are Need Blind

As the name implies, need blind colleges and universities promise to ignore a family’s ability to pay tuition when making

What Is a Trade School?

A trade school, sometimes referred to as a vocational school, is an educational institution students attended in order to learn

Step Four

Use College Search Resources & Tools

Tools and resources like guide books and school websites can be tremendously helpful. Use them often.

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How to Get Into Highly Rejective Colleges

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Best-Selling College Guides

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Understanding Cost of Attendance

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Step Five

Understand Financial Aid/Merit Scholarships

Searching for merit scholarships and understanding financial aid application requirements shouldn’t be taken lightly. This stage requires you to roll up your sleeves.

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For many families, saving up enough money to cover the entire cost of their children’s higher education just isn’t possible.

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Bribery and the Scholarship Application Process

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Big (and Not So Big) Changes Coming to a FAFSA Near You

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Step Six

Search & Apply for Private Scholarships

Merit aid is lovely, but sometimes, it doesn’t come through. There are other options to fill some of the cost gaps, like private scholarships. Although researching these takes perseverance, the effort can pay off.

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How to Find Scholarships

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Top Strategies for Finding College Scholarships

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5 Important Things About a College’s Finances Parents Need to Know

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