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September 27, 2016

Parents, if you aren't worried about the cost of college, maybe you should be. Many cost $60,000 per year per student, and if you have more than one child, and if any of them want to go to graduate school in the future, the numbers are staggering.

Here are some facts and tips relating to financial aid that I hope will help you:

1. Fact: Harvard can cost les...

September 27, 2016

I recently read "Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays" by Gen and Kelly Tanabe.

I give this book 2 and 1/2 stars out of 5.

"Accepted!" has a few small chapters at the beginning with some explanation of what the college essay is about, how to brainstorm ideas, and some mistakes to avoid. Most of the book is taken up by the 57 sample college essay...

September 13, 2016

Almost all colleges and universities require a letter of recommendation from a teacher (or two) and from the school guidance counselor. How can you or (your son or daughter) ensure that the letters written about you are a cut above the rest? The key lies in the student and parents providing great information to the teacher and school counselor. 

Let's...

September 6, 2016

Most colleges offer a "Regular Admission" deadline, but most offer other options too. Here is a short explanation of each type and examples of colleges that use them. Remember, deadlines are the LAST day you can submit an application. Don't let your student wait until the last day! 1-3 weeks before a deadline is the way to go.

Early Decision I: This is a b...

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