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5 Reasons to Know Your EFC Before You Even Apply to College

2 figures with empy piggy bank because they don't know their EFC Too many people think that your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is something that you worry about when you apply for financial aid, if they have heard the term at all. And if you’re a family with high school students thinking about college, it’s definitely a term you should become familiar with immediately. Why? Because what you don’t know about your EFC can hurt you long before you even start to fill-out college application forms. Continue reading

Have You Covered These Adulting Topics on Your College Move-in Checklist?

woman with computer and planning representing Legal documents for college studentsAs parents swing between the excitement of going through the latest dorm checklist from Target or cry in their morning coffee cup while making hotel reservations for the college move in date, they shouldn’t overlook the most important checklist, the adulting checklist. The reality is that heading off to college also marks the transition to adulthood. While many see college as a sort of intermediate step to becoming a full adult, as far as the law is concerned, your 18 year old is an adult. So take the time to go over the following topics and make sure you have them covered by move-in day. Continue reading

50-50 Highlights: Test Optional Colleges

Erasing a mistake on a test representing test optional collegesStudents everywhere who struggle with standardized tests appreciate the increasing number of test optional colleges. However, it’s important to understand that there isn’t any one definition of “test optional.” Furthermore, just because a college states that it’s test optional for admissions doesn’t mean that tests aren’t required for scholarships or course placement. So be sure to check out the colleges for their specific requirements. Continue reading

12 Things You Need to Know About Athletic Scholarships

sports stadium representing Things You Need to Know About Athletic ScholarshipsI’m always amazed at how little players and their families know about athletic scholarships. Given that most of them have been justifying playing their sport for the chance at a college scholarship since middle school, you would think they would be better informed. The following are 12 things you need to know if you’re looking for an athletic scholarship. Continue reading

Why YOU Should Care About College Graduation Rates

College hat on money showing importance of college graduation ratesWhen high school students start looking for colleges to apply to, they rarely consider college graduation rates. Even with the sky-rocketing costs of college, most families still don’t consider graduation rates. They may notice it when a school advertises its four-year graduation guarantee but I suspect most just dismiss it as not applying to “their” situation.

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50-50 Highlights: Don’t Overlook These 105 Liberal Arts Colleges

Students on lawn considering Liberal Arts Colleges US News Best College Rankings consists of two national lists: National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges. Most people recognize the schools at the top of the National Universities list. Those at the top of the National Liberal Arts lists? Not so much. The reason is because by definition, Liberal Arts Colleges (LAC) are smaller, have a limited number of majors, and few, if any graduate students. And this makes them some of the most effective college teaching experiences around. Continue reading

Want to be Recruited to Play in College? Draw Them a Map

Treasure map representing what players need to do to be Recruited to Play in CollegeIt doesn’t matter how many scouts or coaches show up to a tournament–if they don’t know you’re there you won’t be recruited to play in college. I remember one summer “showcase” tournament sitting in the bleachers behind home plate, pretty much by myself because it was over 100 degrees and if people couldn’t find shade, they left. Why was I still there? Since I had a towel to sit on, enough sun screen on to create a peelable layer, and my beat-up sun umbrella, I wasn’t much worse off than had I been in one of few pathetic shade spots near the dugout.
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What You Need to Know About ROTC Scholarships

Femaile ROTC graduate representing what you need to know about ROTC scholarships(The following is a guest post by Dr. Kuni Beasley. ROTC scholarships offer more money than most National Merit Scholarships and can be used at more institutions.)

Most people do not know about ROTC scholarships.  Indeed, most high school counselors and most professional consultants know little about them… if at all.  The Army, Navy (includes Marines), and Air Force provide ROTC scholarships to students to attend civilian colleges and become commissioned officers.  Over 1100 colleges have ROTC, from Harvard to Berkeley to the Northern Marianas College to the University of Alaska – Fairbanks. Continue reading