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Federal Student Aid and Understanding The FAFSA

College Scholarships to Thousands of Seniors!

by Lawrene Bottorf

Every year, the awaited list of National Merit Semi-Finalists is sent to principals of high schools, as well as the high scoring students.  So a hearty “congratulations” to all who qualified! While many seniors already have the college essays written, and the teacher recs done, it is important to integrate the weighty component of a …

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More On The New SAT

by Karl Schellscheidt

Karl Schellschedit is the founder of ePrep, Inc., the finest online video-based SAT/ACT program on the planet. If you didn’t watch David Coleman’s announcement regarding planned changes to the SAT last Wednesday, you probably read about them on the internet or in a newspaper in the days that followed.  Certainly this will be a hot …

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What Changes to the SAT Mean for Your Child

by Stephanie Farah

Stephanie Farah is a writer and senior editor for Wintergreen Orchard House. The Internet is abuzz this week with talk of the College Board’s announcement that big changes are coming to the SAT in 2016. David Coleman, president of the College Board, presented an overview of the new test at SXSWedu in Austin this week, …

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Unemployment Figures at All Time High for Many Professions

Sophomores and Juniors… Listen Up!

by Tom Bottorf

What’s the biggest mistake students make as they begin selecting colleges? What about students hoping to be admitted to highly selective colleges? How do they know if they’re on track? And what about those essays? Are they really all that important? I interviewed Mr. Eric Goodhart, founder of Programs for Education and one of the …

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An HONEST Note From Father to Son

by Lawrene Bottorf

We HEART the dads and moms who are bold enough to have conversations like this with their high achieving students. For a bit of context, the letter below was written by an executive at a well known media company to his son. He gets it!!!! Way to Go!!! ************************************** Hey Son, I wanted to write …

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My Interview with Rachel Cruze

by Tom Bottorf

I was privileged to have some time with Rachel Cruze, nationally recognized author and speaker. You’ve likely heard her dad, Dave Ramsey, on the radio talking about getting out of debt and STAYING out of debt. Rachel’s passion is working with young adults and guiding them down the path of debt-free living, including graduating from …

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9 TRAPS to Avoid When Hiring a College Planner

by Lawrene Bottorf

Most high schools are not equipped with the personnel to do this, and most parents have no idea where to start, or if their child will be successful at a certain college, or at all in academic higher ed.  But just as every child is different…the counselor who helped your neighbor may not be right …

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How to Make Sure College is “Worth It”

by Michelle Kretzschmar

With the rapidly rising cost of college and fear of a college loan bubble, an increasing number of families are wondering if college is worth it. The short answer is yes, college is still worth it. Now let’s get to the longer answer which is still “yes” but with the inevitable qualifications. Let’s take a …

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