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Why You Should Pay Attention to These College Statistics if You Want to Pay Less for College

student in front of black board representing college statistics to pay less for collegeIf you want to pay less for college, you need to pay more attention to college statistics. I’m sure many parents and students hip deep in the college admissions process think that they are drowning in college statistics but are still facing the prospect of impossible tuition bills. The problem is that they aren’t paying attention to the right statistics, or at the very least, not considering them in terms of how they affect the cost of going to college. Continue reading

50-50 Highlights: 114 Colleges for National Merit Scholars

student with money from colleges for national merit scholarsThe National Merit Scholarship Program seems like a great opportunity for test savvy high school students and their families to make a substantial dent in college costs. Well, it really all depends. Much to the surprise of many families, being a National Merit Finalist doesn’t mean a full-ride scholarship to the college of your choice. Continue reading

What if it didn’t matter what college you went to?

student walking on road representing if college mattersIt’s the new year and I’m in a sort of philosophical mood. I just finished reviewing the most popular posts on my Facebook page and it got me thinking–what if it didn’t matter what college you went to? Because it seems to me that the posts that get the most traction have to do with either how to get your kid into the right schools or articles telling parents that there is no such thing as a best school, at least not one for everyone. So try it as a thought experiment, how would your student’s (and your family’s) life be different if it didn’t matter which college you went to? Continue reading

12 Days of Christmas 2016: Day 12

(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas. The following contains affiliate links.)

On the twelfth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:
These were the 12 most viewed Frequently Asked Questions on the website in 2016:

What is a Tier 1 school? (university or college)


Do I Need to Take Both the SAT and ACT?


What is a flagship university?


Can I send the FAFSA to more than 10 schools?

My high school doesn’t offer AP classes, will it hurt me in admissions?
 
What are the different college calendar types?
 
What is an academic resume for college admissions?
 
If my EFC is 0 does that mean I can go to college for free?
 
Can I go to college with less than a 3.0 high school GPA?
 
What is financial aid gapping?

 
What is a Public Ivy?
 
How many times should a student take the SAT or ACT?


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12 Days of Christmas 2016: Day 11

(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas. The following contains affiliate links.)

On the eleventh day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

11 Colleges Frugal with Financial Aid

Despite the costs, these are popular schools. Part of it has to do with location. Three are in the always desirable California. Another five are in or near in-demand east coast metropolitan areas.


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money representing full ride scholarshipFull Ride Scholarships Spreadsheet

This spreadsheet by Wendy Nelson lists all US
colleges that offer full-ride or full-tuition merit based scholarships. It contains 606 colleges in 49 states with over 1,200 scholarships. If you’re looking for full ride scholarships, this spreadsheet is the place to start.

12 Days of Christmas 2016: Day 10

(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas. The following contains affiliate links.)

On the tenth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

10 Things Parents Do That Increase College Student Debt

If you don’t have the money talk, your student may never apply to the colleges that would provide the needed scholarships. So you take out loans instead.


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Baseball player link to baseball spreadsheetDIY College Rankings Baseball Spreadsheet
 
If you’re looking to get recruited to play college baseball, start with this spreadsheet. It lists all 2 and 4-year college baseball programs along with divisions, conferences, test scores, and financial aid information.  

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12 Days of Christmas 2016: Day 9

(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas. The following contains affiliate links.)

On the ninth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

9 Ways to Expand Your College Education Through Off-Campus Study and Exchanges

Off-campus study programs can help you establish contacts in distant cities for internships or job opportunities. They can provide you the chance to try something different without having to commit to four years at one campus.


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DIY College Rankings College Search Spreadsheet
 
This is the spreadsheet that started when we were looking for colleges for my son. I was frustrated be college search websites because while they might display things like average net price and graduation rates for individual colleges, they wouldn’t let you search by them. But I guess that’s because of who is actually paying the bills for the website. Get the DIY College Search spreadsheet and start searching colleges for the best financial aid possibilities for the cost of a single college application. 

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12 Days of Christmas 2016: Day 8

(I’m taking a break from regular blogging and newsletters during the holidays. Hope you enjoy the DIY College Rankings version of the 12 Days of Christmas. The following contains affiliate links.)

On the eighth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

8 Things Parents Must Know About Paying for College

The most competitive colleges offer few, if any, academic scholarships.

8 Ways Showcase Camps Can Be a Waste of Money

Attending a camp without knowing what coaches will be present is a waste of money.


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This is a how-to book for those approaching paying for college the first. Even if you don’t have a senior, this book will get you up to speed on the many financial aid issues you need to be aware of.

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