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The College Search

The idea of going to college was instilled in my nephews minds when they were in elementary school.   When they first came to live with us, we discussed the importance of doing well in school because we “heard”  there was scholarship money “out there” for students with good grades.  We set the expectation that they were going to college and it was important for them to do well in each grade.  We loved watching college football and basketball games which gave us another opportunity to talk about the benefits of college.  Whenever we took road trips that took us through college towns we would stop and walk around the campus, so they could get the feel of what it was like on a college campus. Continue reading

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College Fairs

 

 

 

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I’ll never forget David’s reaction to attending his first college fair at Navy Pier in Chicago in his junior year.  He visited colleges during his freshman year, but this was his first time attending such a mega event.   There were so many people in attendance, so many colleges represented, it was quite overwhelming.  He had certain schools in mind so he made his way through the meandering crowd and approached those first.  After it was all over, we realized that we needed to have a strategy to get the most out of an event like that.  How can you make the most out of your college fair attendance?  The following tips can help you navigate the process. Continue reading

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3 Things to Research on College Websites

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Where and what should you look for on a college website?  To effectively research and shop for colleges you need to have a strategy.  Selecting a college based on hearsay or how the dorms look is probably not a good idea.  You need to be very intentional about your search.

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Scholarship Timelines

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Attention Seniors!  March of your Senior year is absolutely the worst time of year to start your scholarship search.  My heart goes out to students who have great potential for getting scholarships but miss out on opportunities because they waited too late to begin their search.  It’s amazing the number of calls I get from parents when they get their financial aid award letter and see how much loan they are being assessed, the cry goes out to the student to start looking for scholarships. As was previously discussed in my blog, the best time to begin your search is in your freshman year.  If you don’t start then, certainly you should begin your search no later than your junior year. Continue reading

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