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Passion + Effort = Success

There is no single action that vaults us into success–only a series of decisions, that may seem unrelated at the time, and continuous effort that define any achievement. In a recent presentation at UC San Diego, Conan O’Brien suggests from his experience: My advice is to find out what your passion is and go wherever …

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More on Financial Aid & College Affordability

Here’s a few tips when choosing colleges for application and enrollment, and simultaneously determining how your family will afford the costs: Calculate all 4 or 5 years of costs when determining the affordability of college, not just the first year. College costs during a student’s senior year in college are likely to be at least …

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Financial Aid: There is No Free Lunch

There is no-magic-bullet-one-time-conversation-painless-and-costless solution to paying for college.  Increasing the amount of financial aid–either need based or merit based–are multiple year efforts that extend through a student’s entire college career.  Basically, there is no free lunch. Moving equity from one’s home to a life insurance policy or rolling all savings into retirement accounts are strategies …

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College: Nature vs. Nurture

A recent study by economists, Stacy Dale and Alan Krueger, showed that college graduates from Ivy League colleges and college graduates who were denied admissions to an Ivy League college have the same earning potential. Even applying to a school, even if you get rejected, says a lot about you.  –Dale Krueger, NY Times, 2/21/2011 …

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GUEST POST: A Mom’s Perspective on College Admissions Consultants

By Anne Ross, Ross Family CEO and Co-Entrepreneur Anne and her family first consulted Creative Marbles Consultancy in her daughter’s junior year. She graciously agreed to submit a guest post to share her insights to the college admissions process from a parent’s view. I was asked to give a parent’s perspective and first thought, “Wow, …