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Will My August 2018 SAT Scores Be Cancelled?

Rumors are circling and the internet is again buzzing with controversy about the August 25, 2018 SAT Reasoning Test.   The College Board is accused of “recycling” the August 2018 SAT from a test or practice test given in China and South Korea in October 2017.   A recently deactivated Reddit thread posted an answer …

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Can I Change My 650 Word Common Application Essay After Submitting It?

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The short answer is yes…with an *.  [See Below] But, like any life-impacting decision, the short answer doesn’t account for the complexities of choosing a college.  And, those last three words are key to keep in mind:  YOU, the applicant, are the one who’s doing the choosing of the college.  However, most college applicants skip that …

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Ever Wonder Why The Dollars in Your Pocket Are Less?

Wonder no longer… Related PostsGuest Post: So You’re Gonna Be A College Freshman Leaving the nest Adulthood Delayed?

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NO SAT!?! NO ACT!?! UChicago’s Curve Ball

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Testing is not the be-all and the end-all, said James G. Nondorf, U-Chicago’s dean of admissions and financial aid. He said he didn’t want “one little test score” to end up “scaring students off” who are otherwise qualified. From The Washington Post,  June 14, 2018 On June 14, 2018, the University of Chicago’s John W. …

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Tuition Surging at California Public Universities for 2017-18

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University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) students will pay more tuition for the 2017-18 school year.  For the first time in six years, both the UC and CSU boards have approved tuition and fee increases.  At the same time, Governor Jerry Brown proposes to phase out the state-sponsored Middle Class Scholarship program for students …

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“I Have Student Debt?”

[Sung to the tune of Heigh Ho from Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs] “I owe, I owe, so off to work I go…” Even though I remember singing this refrain in jest, Millennials, the current generation between age 18 – 35 , may not be so light-hearted. According to Bloomberg News in April 2016: A …

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Changes to the ACT Writing Section

The ACT will be changing the Writing portion of the test, starting in September 2015.  The following outlines the changes: Extended Writing Time: Students will have 40 minutes to craft an essay response, rather than the previous 30 minutes. Changed Prompt Style: Test takers will be presented a contemporary issue and three perspectives regarding the …

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The Modern “Starving” Student

College alumni often joke about days as a “deprived” undergrad, only eating instant noodles—fast, filling meals on a limited budget—like a badge of honor.  Growing numbers of today’s college students, however, embody the literal meaning of “starving” college student. According to the Wall Street Journal: In 2010, the UC [University of California] system added a food-security …

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Welcome to the New Adulthood

For most of us, moving out of the parental units’ house is the ultimate signifier of adulthood.  So, what’s the threshold defining adulthood for the growing numbers of 25 year olds, who live with their parents (even after moving away for college)? Since 2002, parental co-residence rates have only risen:   And, in 2012:   Related PostsPaying …

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The FAFSA PIN is Now the FSA ID

When submitting the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply for financial aid at colleges and universities all over the United States, parents and students have needed a PIN number as their electronic signature.  Recently, Federal Student Aid has changed the PIN to an FSA ID, which will serve as an electronic …

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Student Debt in Seven Charts

Not all student debt is ruinous.  However, borrowing can be complex.  Loans spend tomorrow’s income today, and for college students, a promise of tomorrow’s income is spent to pay for expenses in the present day.  Understanding recent growth in student loans and the challenges of repayment can help potential student loan borrowers consider both the benefits and the risks before borrowing. …

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The Perils of Scholarships

To many parents, winning scholarships both rewards academic excellence and various leadership achievements, while subsidizing the total costs of college. Even though many high school seniors also desire the benefits of scholarships, many scholarships remain un-awarded. Understanding the timing of scholarship deadlines may explain why action doesn’t follow good intentions. Related PostsIf You Need Your …

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Guest Post: Investigating the Stereotypes about Women’s Colleges

Hearsay and rumors can preclude students from considering women’s colleges.  In order to gain more understanding, Olivia and Stephanie, the authors of the following post, share their experiences as students at women’s colleges in different parts of the United States.  Olivia currently attends Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA and Stephanie recently graduated from Mills College …

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Why Winning Free Money Takes Effort

Scholarships are not mysterious.  Winning them takes work – which is only a continuation of the efforts to be eligible to compete for scholarships in the first place.   Related PostsGuest Post: Life of A Naval Academy Mom The Latest Iteration of Innovation for the High School Junior From Reluctance, Blossoms an Impassioned Papa

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Rising Student Loan Delinquency

Student loans can help fund college expenses, yet create a future financial burden for students when in repayment.  Currently, the total of student loans 90 days or more delinquent is at a record high of $124.3 billion – an increase of more than $3 Billion since last quarter.  Possible reason for the delinquency can include …