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.

What You Need to Know

Preparing for the SAT

As the parent or guardian of a college-bound student, you have probably done at least a little worrying about the

What Is a Good PSAT Score?

For many students, the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is taken at least once in high school to prepare for the SAT.

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

What Are Holistic Admissions? Applying to college can be one of the most stressful times of your child’s life, and

What Is a Good ACT Score?

The value and fairness of standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT as well as how accurately they measure

What Is a Good SAT Score?

Recently, standardized tests have been under scrutiny, with questions arising on whether or not they fairly and accurately predict college

The Trouble With Test-Optional Admissions: What the Experts Are Saying

Most colleges have now either gone test-optional or test-blind for this school year. Students and parents are wondering what that

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.

What You Need to Know

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

What Are Holistic Admissions? Applying to college can be one of the most stressful times of your child’s life, and

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

National honor societies are very popular within the academic world. In particular, high school students see admission to an honor

Extracurricular Activities: What They Are and How to Find Them

Your best friend is lamenting that their high school senior has too many things to list on the Activities section of

5 Strategies We Used to Prepare Our Kids to Succeed

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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.

What You Need to Know

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

With thousands of US colleges and universities to choose from, it’s no wonder students and parents alike find the application

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.

Need-Blind Colleges – Are They Really?

They’re no apple pie or baseball, but since US universities charge some of the highest tuition fees in the world,

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

What 2020’s Early College Admission Numbers Say About This Crazy Year

As with many of the traditional institutions in our society, the global pandemic has left a lasting impact on college

Step Four

Use College Search Resources & Tools

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

What You Need to Know

How to Get Into Highly Rejective Colleges

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Best-Selling College Guides

With thousands of US colleges and universities to choose from, it’s no wonder students and parents alike find the application

Understanding Cost of Attendance

Choosing a college and budgeting to attend can be a daunting experience. Luckily, most colleges provide a convenient, standardized way

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.

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

What Are Holistic Admissions? Applying to college can be one of the most stressful times of your child’s life, and

How Colleges Calculate Your High School GPA

The movement for colleges toward being test-optional has gained momentum over the last ten years. With COVID-19 changing this year’s

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.

What You Need to Know

Understanding Cost of Attendance

Choosing a college and budgeting to attend can be a daunting experience. Luckily, most colleges provide a convenient, standardized way

The Price You Pay for College: Why It’s so Difficult to Predict Merit Scholarships

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Bribery and the Scholarship Application Process

On top of homework, extracurriculars, internships, or jobs, and the stress of deadlines, chores, and fitting in social activities, it’s

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

Whether you’re the type to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in a weekend or take it

This Is How Long it Takes FAFSA to Process

Your child has submitted their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), but what’s next?  It would help to have

What Is an Independent Student for FAFSA?

A key part of the college admissions journey is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. Given how

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.

What You Need to Know

How to Find Scholarships

Everyone wants to know how to find college scholarships. The first step is to understand what type of scholarships you’re

Bribery and the Scholarship Application Process

On top of homework, extracurriculars, internships, or jobs, and the stress of deadlines, chores, and fitting in social activities, it’s

Top Strategies for Finding College Scholarships

A scholarship is money awarded to a student to help pay for college. Unlike a loan, it doesn’t have to

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

If you were to look at the college admissions process as a puzzle, you would understand just how many pieces

9 Tips to Help You Play the Financial Aid Game

Over the last decade, the process of getting into college has become akin to playing a “game.” The “winners” are

Help With Finding Scholarships for High School Students

The topic of finding scholarships for high school students can be very confusing and overwhelming for students and parents alike.

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