Step One

Write Essays

A good college essay is key to college admissions. Learn what makes a compelling essay before your student begins writing.

What You Need to Know

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

College Essay Topics You’ll Want to Avoid

Students preparing to get into college are naturally going to be pitted against each other in a game of stats.

Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing College Essay Topics

It is important to first understand the purpose of the college application essay. Simply put, essays help the admissions office

Use the Secrets of Screenwriting to Write Your College Essay

The perfect time for students to start writing college essays is NOW! It may sound like a broken record, but

Colleges Say They Want Students With Passion, But What Does That Mean?

Sit in on any college information session and you will invariably hear the admissions representative say they are looking for

5 Things Colleges Look for in a College Essay

Think of the college application process as a video game, and the dreaded college essay is the dragon that needs

Step Two

Fill Out College Applications

When your student has an idea of what's needed to complete an application, there won't be any unexpected surprises. Make sure they are able to review the application before beginning the process.

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Our Full-Tuition Scholarship Journey

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PROOF POINTS: Why elite colleges won’t give up legacy admissions

This story about legacy admissions was written by Jill Barshay and produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused

PROOF POINTS: Colleges that ditched test scores for admissions find it’s harder to be fair in choosing students, researcher says

This story about test optional admissions was written by Jill Barshay and produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused

How to Get Into Highly Rejective Colleges

This story was originally published in R2C’s Paying for College 101 (PFC 101) Facebook group. It has been edited for

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

Mistakes to Avoid on the Common App

The Common Application is accepted by more than 1,000 schools. It enables students to apply to multiple colleges and universities at

Step Three

Understand Admissions Deadlines

Avoid the disappointment of missing a deadline by working together to keep records and staying organized.

What You Need to Know

FAFSA Corrections: How to Make Changes to Your FAFSA Form

If you made a mistake when submitting the FAFSA, contact your school’s financial aid office and let them know. They

PROOF POINTS: Colleges that ditched test scores for admissions find it’s harder to be fair in choosing students, researcher says

This story about test optional admissions was written by Jill Barshay and produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused

How to Get Into Highly Rejective Colleges

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Everything You Need to Know About Applying to the California State University System

There are two public university systems within the state of California: the University of California (UC) and the California State

What Is a College Deferral?

No one likes to be kept waiting, especially if you’re waiting to hear from a college. At  the point when

Early Decision 2: What it Means and Why You Might Want to Consider it

Students who have a clear idea of where they want to go to school may have applied through the Early

Step Four

Complete Scholarship & Financial Aid Forms

Make sure your student has the necessary information and paperwork ready before they begin filling out scholarship and financial aid forms. It will save time and make the process less stressful.

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Financial Aid and More: How to Pay for College With No Money

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

Our Full-Tuition Scholarship Journey

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FAFSA Corrections: How to Make Changes to Your FAFSA Form

If you made a mistake when submitting the FAFSA, contact your school’s financial aid office and let them know. They

How to Make Affordable Colleges Even More Affordable

This story was written by Elizabeth, a member of R2C’s Paying for College 101 (PFC 101) Facebook group, where it

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

Scholarships With February Deadlines

Here is a list of scholarships, all of which have February deadlines. Association of Women in Mathematics Essay Contest Amount:

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