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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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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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Understanding the FAFSA Form

by Lawrene Bottorf

Paying for college can be daunting. And in today’s economic climate most people require some form of financial aid. Maybe this is you. You’d like to apply for federal aid but you’re not sure where to begin. Get Started with the FAFSA Form Getting any sort of federal student financial aid begins with the FAFSA. …

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Federal Student Aid and Understanding The FAFSA

Financial Aid Award Letters: Be Careful!

by Tom Bottorf

This is the time of year when college Financial Aid award letters are received by students. These are often provided via student portals (with a login required), although many are emailed, and some are still sent “snail mail”. You would think that an award letter would be easy to understand, right? WRONG! We witness mass …

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