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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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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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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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Quick Tips for Choosing Your "Top Colleges"

What Is The BIG Deal About Student Loans?

by Lawrene Bottorf

Amazing the way we, as thinking people, are manipulated by the media. Where is the outrage at food and product inflation, gas prices, and joblessness…??? Instead, the media fabricates crises, and we, like sheep, fall for it. For the issue of student debt, the issue really SHOULD be: Why is the government (who is not …

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Testimony from a Debt-Free Graduate

by Julia Mestas

I am blessed that I graduated college debt-FREE. In fact, I graduated with money in the bank! I am not the norm, I realize this. I’m in the minority because of smart decisions and painful sacrifices I made (with the help of my parents) along the way. Parents play a HUGE role in the college …

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The Reality of Getting an Athletic Scholarship

The Reality About Getting a College Athletic Scholarship

by Michelle Kretzschmar

With seventh and eighth graders being offered football scholarships, who can blame families for planning to pay for college with an athletic scholarship? It’s a lot easier to pay for private lessons with the local former pro than figure out how to save a hundred thousand dollars or more for four years of tuition. Easier? …

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