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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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Paying for College Without Going Broke, 2017 Edition: How to Pay Less for College

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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12 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 6

12 Days of Christmas Day 6(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.)

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

Six ways to make things better.

6 Tips for Making a Better College Search List

The college search list should contain at least 20 schools, more if you have the time to research them. A good search list will include colleges that you haven’t considered or heard of before you started creating the search list.

6 Things High School Baseball Players Must Have on Their Athletic Profile

Regardless of what format you choose, your athletic profile must include the following six elements.


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Thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the new year.

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12 Days of Christmas 2016: Day 7

(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 seventh day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

7 Things You Need to Know When Looking for College Scholarships

Approximately 7 percent of undergraduate students received private scholarships, with an average value of $1,982.


Suggestion to help take control of the college admissions process

The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price

This was the first, and still one of the few, college search books that talks about paying for college first. After all, the limiting factor isn’t which colleges you can get into but which you can actually afford.

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12 Days of Christmas 2016: Day 6

(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 sixth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

6 Tips for Making a Better College Search List

The college search list should contain at least 20 schools, more if you have the time to research them. A good  search list will include colleges that you haven’t considered or heard of before you started creating the search list.

6 Things High School Baseball Players Must Have on Their Athletic Profile

Regardless of what format you choose, your athletic profile must include the following six elements.


Suggestion to help take control of the college admissions process


Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges
 
Ultimately, I believe that there are more than 40 such schools. However, by reading the descriptions of those in this book, you’ll get an idea of what to look for. Another antidote to college rankings and admissions madness.

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12 Days of Christmas 2016: Day 5

(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 fifth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

5 Financial Aid Strategies Parents of Sophomores Need to Know Before the Spring Semester

Yeah, I know it’s cutting it close for this one to be useful, but still worth a read.

5 Rules About Paying for College That Most Parents Don’t Know

If you only have a limited amount of time to look for scholarships, your best bet is look for colleges that provide the most money.

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

Knowing your EFC means that you can apply to schools most likely to meet your financial needs.

5 Ways You Can Undermine Your Chances After Submitting Your College Application

According to the National Association for college Admission Counseling, the most common reason for colleges to revoke admissions offers was final grades.

5 Financial Mistakes that Can Limit Your Chance of Playing Your Sport at the College Level

I think all parents of 12 year-olds playing a sport should have to sign a form that states they understand that most college athletes do not receive full-ride scholarships.


Suggestion to help take control of the college admissions process

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

I have to admit that I haven’t read this one yet. And while I’m interested, I have to admit that since it’s too late for parenting my son (he’s applying to grad school), I wonder if it would just add to my guilt. But those with a few years of parenting left, this might be a good read.

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12 Days of Christmas 2016: Day 4

(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 fourth day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

4 Easy Steps to Find 254 Colleges for Potential Merit Scholarships

An average net price of over $30,000 suggests that regardless of the amount of aid being awarded, the school is still likely to be expensive.

4 College Recruiting Mistakes to Avoid When You’re the Best Player on Your Team

It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that you can judge your ability because you have played other teams and haven’t seen anyone as good as you.


Suggestion to help take control of the college admissions process

Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

I’m reading this book right now and one of the most interesting things so far has been how much the media goes out of its way to not mention colleges other than Harvard, Yale, Stanford, et al. Another much needed ranking antidote.

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12 Days of Christmas 2016: Day 3

(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 third day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

3 Hard Truths About Financial Aid

For the majority of families, the EFC is going to be much higher than they anticipated.

3 Reasons Why Your Kid’s Good Grades Won’t Pay for College

Yes, your teen may have great grades and test scores. But are they substantially better than everyone else’s that attends the colleges she’s applying to?

3 Types of Players that Don’t get Recruited by Colleges

Players with low grades and poor test scores who are counting on their athletic accomplishments getting them into college are likely to be very disappointed.


Suggestion to help take control of the college admissions process

Creating College Lists: Your Guide to Using College Websites to Pay Less for a Better Education
 
Yup, this is my own book. I think college websites are one of the most underutilized resources in the college search process. In the book, I tell you how to narrow down your list so that you target the right colleges.

 

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12 Days of Christmas 2016: Day 2

(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 second day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

In case you missed it this past year, two college lists.

20 Schools to Avoid if You’re Making a List of Affordable Colleges

There isn’t a lot of evidence to show that these schools are going to meet students financial aid need.

54 Best Bets for College Merit Aid

A total of 25 schools had an average net price of less than $25,000 making these excellent candidates for college merit aid.


Suggestion to help take control of the college admissions process

Put Me in CoachPut Me In, Coach: A Parent’s Guide to Winning the Game of College Recruiting

When we were looking for colleges for my son, I found this to be the most useful of the recruiting books.

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12 Days of Christmas 2016: Day 1

12 days of christmas day 1(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 first day of Christmas, DIY College Rankings wrote to me:

In case you missed it this past year, one must read.

The Must Read Chart for all Parents Thinking about Paying for College

I’m not sure which is more shocking to families, their EFC or the fact that many state flagship universities are costing over $25,000.


Suggestion to help take control of the college admissions process

How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out)

For those who are looking for an alternative to adding another AP Class to their schedule, this is a must read.

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