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Tips for finding a great college fit for your student

What does it mean to look for a “good college fit” for a student? There are many characteristics of a college that will help ensure that your student will be happy and thrive. Three of the most important factors for a good fit are the academic, social, and financial fit. Finding an academic fit for your student helps ensure that s/he will feel challenged at his/her college, but not overwhelmed. Most students would rather not be the strongest or weakest student in their college class, but somewhere in the middle so they feel similar to their peers. Naviance is a great tool to help determine academic fit, since it contains SAT and GPA data about students from only your high school who were acc

Ten financial aid tips for high school juniors and seniors

On October 1st each year, both FAFSA (Federal) and CSS Profile (Institutional) financial aid applications became available for students and parents to submit to colleges. Here are some tips that will help you save time and money: High School Juniors: - Get a sneak peek at how much need-based financial aid you may qualify for. Go to this website and you will get an estimate of your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from both the FAFSA and CSS profiles. Use your student's PSAT login credentials to save your work. https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/paying-your-share/expected-family-contribution-calculator High School Seniors: - Go to the websites of the colleges to which you w