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An Excellent College Essay Book

4/4 Stars for Conquering the college admissions essay in 10 steps by Alan Gelb! This is my favorite college essay book to date. Written by a writer, not a tutor or admissions officer, this book gives a lot of great tips on writing, and how to apply the tips to the college essay. Does your essay have the "extraordinary"? Does it have "tension and conflict"? Author Alan Gelb says it should. The author walks the reader through the 10 steps and gives examples throughout and at the end of the book. Eric says "Read this book"!

What is the EFC and why should you care?

The Expected Family Contribution, or EFC, is basically how much money you are expected to pay to pay for your student's tuition, given your financial situation. The gap between your EFC and the annual cost of the college, is how much aid you may be eligible to receive. The more money you have, the higher the EFC. The federal government will calculate your EFC based on a lot of financial data you submit when you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, there are two ways you can quickly estimate your EFC. One way is to use the Net Price Calculator which you will find on the website for every college. Another rule of thumb is to calculate 20% of your annual gross