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How to Read a Financial Aid Award Letter [With 2 Examples]

You've narrowed down your list of colleges, sent in your applications and filled out your FAFSA form online. After you receive your acceptance letters, the college financial aid office will ‘package you’, meaning you will receive a financial aid ...
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The College Resume: A How-To Guide

By your junior year of high school, you've likely heard of a college resume. But, what is a college resume and how do you build one? A college resume is a brief ...
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Virtual Resources for the College Admission Journey

Not being able to visit a college campus, attend a college fair, or meet with college reps at a high school present huge challenges for college-bound students. ...
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Reconsidering Standardized Testing

In the wake of coronavirus, colleges and universities across the US have reconsidered their testing policies - most have gone test-optional. So, what does this mean ...
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Common Questions About the CSS Profile and IDOC

The CSS Profile is an additional standardized financial form that is required at over 400 colleges and universities across the country - and a little less than ...
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How To Write Recommendation Letters for Your Students

The weight and responsibility of assisting Title 1 students through the college admissions process is heavy. As counselors, we want to do our best to help bridge ...
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How Applying Early Decision Affects Financial Aid Opportunities

Applying early decision might improve your odds of being accepted with certainty to your dream school, but it might limit your financial aid opportunity at the same ...
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College Student Credit Cards: Wise Ways to Build Credit

Over 14 million students will enter college in the fall. Students will live on their own away from home, for extended periods of time.  When they arrive on campus, ...
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Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

As a high school student whose goal is to attend college, you might be concerned that your college resume will be sparse as academic camps, job shadowing, ...
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A Student Guide to Understanding Net Price Calculators

As you finalize your college list, there is one important step that shouldn’t be skipped before applying: using the net price calculator. If you're like most ...
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