Step One

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

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

Essential College Tuition Facts

When it comes to choosing a college, price is one of the top considerations, and tuition the largest part of

University of Notre Dame Merit Scholarships

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Penn State University Merit Scholarships

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University of Virginia Merit Scholarships

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Rice University Merit Scholarships

Finding individual college merit scholarship information can take a lot of time. Instead, we’ve gathered the statistics you need to

Step Two

Understand Types of Colleges

It’s true that one school doesn’t fit all. So, it’s up to you to learn about the variety of schools out there and which type will best suit your student.

What You Need to Know

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

Should Your Student Consider a Canadian Degree?

More than 4,300 degree-granting institutions exist in the United States (US), but the best choice for your child may lie

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,

Can You Find Ivy League Quality at Non-Ivy-League Schools?

Along with my “my son, the doctor,” or “my daughter, the lawyer,” many American parents dream of boasting, “our kid,

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 Three

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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You Should Be Asking These Questions About Financial Aid

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Why You Should Research a College’s Career Service Center Before Enrolling

There’s a lot to consider when helping your child make the best possible decision on where to go to college.

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

Mom Shares Lessons Learned From Son’s College Search

We recently asked a member of our Paying for College 101 Facebook group to share her approach to finding the

Penn State University Merit Scholarships

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Step Four

Plan College Visits

There’s nothing like seeing a school up close and in person, but it may not be possible. Know the right questions to ask—whether it’s IRL or virtually.

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College Interview Questions You Can Expect

College interviews can be intimidating. While pretty much every other aspect of the application process takes place from behind the

Is Your College Financially Healthy?

Your student has worked hard to make their list of preferred colleges, visited them in person or virtually, written the

What Should Be on Your College Search Spreadsheet?

Organizing a list of colleges can seem like a daunting task—and in reality, it oftentimes is. From the dozens of

Virtual College Tours: Are They Worth It?

As a result of COVID-19, the entire college application process, school tours included, has changed. Although on-campus tours are expected

How to Visit a Campus Without Leaving Home

You know what they say: Seeing is believing. So how can a prospective student properly evaluate a school and its

How Do You Know When a College Is a “Perfect Fit?”

With thousands of colleges and universities to choose from, finding the “perfect” school is a seemingly impossible task for any

Step Five

Build a College List

The list drives everything. It's what you and your student will build their entire roadmap on. Being able to differentiate between wants and needs is an important step in narrowing down the list.

What You Need to Know

How to Get Into Highly Rejective Colleges

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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,

Can You Find Ivy League Quality at Non-Ivy-League Schools?

Along with my “my son, the doctor,” or “my daughter, the lawyer,” many American parents dream of boasting, “our kid,

The Pros and Cons of Attending a Community College Before a University

When your child thinks of the typical college freshman experience, they might envision moving into a dorm room or rushing

How to Take Control When Searching for Affordable Colleges

Colleges have choices about how to spend their money, and you have choices about how to spend yours. In order

College Rankings in the US: Which Site to Use?

Each year as the college decision deadlines approach, new rankings are released in mass numbers from numerous websites. How can

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