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ApplyKit and The White House Team Up to Innovate Education

This past Wednesday, ApplyKit had the pleasure to participate in “Datapalooza”— an event organized in collaboration by the White House and the Department of Education. The event was held at the Ronal Reagan amphitheater in Washington DC on January 15, 2014, and our CEO, Bobby Touran, and Marketing coordinator, Steve Messa, were in attendance to demonstrate the ApplyKit platform to a mix of policy makers and advocates of higher education. Among the attendees was Arne Duncan—US Secretary of Education (pictured below).  Datapalooza is intended to rally the support of both non-profit and for-profit organizations aiming to improve college access, to collaborate on innovative solutions that...



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Why Every Student Should Study Abroad

This is a guest post by Launch Education. Unlike most tutoring companies, Launch Education understands that academic success involves a lot more than just knowing the material. Learn more by visiting their website.  The time spent in formal education is designed to give us the knowledge to sustain a career and prepare us to be a contributing member of society. These facts are widely known, however, what is not revealed until one actually experiences the entire path, is that just as much learning takes place outside of the classroom as in it. The social interaction and milestones such as learning to drive or moving out of the house to go to college all shape us into full adults as much as the...



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Should My Child Take the SAT, ACT or Both?

Guest post by Alex Hollis – CEO of TestSoup.  Taking the SAT on March 8th or the ACT on February 8th? Prepare for the SAT, ACT or both with TestSoup’s Digital Flashcards! 50% off until 1/13/2014. See below for more details. It was a cool fall morning in Southern New Hampshire the day I took my SAT’s. I entered the testing center with that unpleasant “I know the next three hours will determine the rest of my life” feeling. You know, that feeling that your stomach is full of led pellets and your head is full of the bizarre chaos of a Tom Waits song. Shortly after entering the testing center a woman in the front of the crowd was explaining to me and the rest of the horde of...



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5 Tips to a Successful College Application Process
A watch on a book.

The best way to help ensure a successful college application process is through proper time management.
Public domain photo, by Bartosz Kossakowski.

Applying for college takes a concerted effort from students, parents, and college administrators. Managing it all can seem overwhelming at times. However, here are 5 tips to keep in mind to help you organize your college application process.

1) Plan ahead – The earlier you begin the each part of the process, the more time you will have to complete each task.

2) Take your SAT and/or ACT early – Sit {http://www.nextstepu.com/the-keys-to-college-application-success.htm } for a SAT and/or an ACT exam before your senior year, if possible. If you feel you need to raise your score, you can try again early in your senior year.

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Your Expected Family Contribution: The Importance of EFC

A guest post by Michelle Kretzschmar, creator of the DIY College Rankings Spreadsheet. What are the three most important letters to start your college search process? SAT or ACT? With the number of colleges going test optional each year? Nope.  GPA? Well I can’t deny that it will be a significant factor but not the most important in starting your search. What then? EFC. These three letters should be accounted for about the same time you take the PSAT, if not sooner. EFC stands for Expected Family Contribution and is the basis for what the college will eventually charge you. Unfortunately, too many families don’t encounter their EFC until they submitted their FAFSA. This is generally...



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What are the Qualifications for Scholarships?

Students may wonder what qualifies people for different scholarships. These are one of the best ways to pay for college, since they do not need to be repaid. There are many different scholarships available. Which one is right for you depends on the student’s history and talents. The history of the student, including whether or not they participated in after-school or community events can also make a difference. There are private and public scholarships available. Many of these will require students to complete an essay or project, showing the work you can do. If you question if you can make the qualifications for college scholarships, try anyway. If you can’t quite accomplis one,...



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Managing the Scholarship Application Process

With my oldest daughter, keeping track of scholarship applications was more difficult than keeping track of college applications, because there were so many scholarships with different deadlines and different requirements.  It was also challenging to keep my daughter interested in applying to dozens of scholarships with different sets of required materials. Due to the face that I work as a project manager, I decided that if I found a way to organize the scholarship application process for my daughter, it would help her stay motivated to apply for scholarships and not feel overwhelmed by the process.  I found it very helpful to create a “scholarship tracker.”  It allowed us to keep track...



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The Importance of AP Courses in the College Admissions Process

How important are AP courses in the college admissions process? The short answer is that taking advanced placement courses in high school is one of the best things you can do to help your application. Although grades are important, it’s better to get good grades in AP courses than great grades in easier courses. A good rule of thumb is that getting a “B” in an AP class is equivalent to earning an “A” in an easier course. Some admissions officers tend to consider the difficulty of courses a student takes in high school as being one of the best indicators to how they will do in college. Some of the most selective colleges want to see applicants take five or six AP classes during...



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A Parent’s Guide to Early Applications

The college application process can be a long, daunting task. There are forms which need to be filled out, exams for your child to take, and a significant amount of financial aid paperwork. Just like any long task, the earlier you start your work, the easier it will be. Not only that, but starting the college application process early on with your children gives them the best chance of being awarded scholarships, grants, and other assistance with paying for college. The best thing you can do for your child is to get them into advanced placement (AP) courses throughout their high school career. Colleges weigh the difficulty of courses heavily in their decision-making process. Make sure your...



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Scholarships 101: How to Find Them

Finding scholarships as you apply to colleges is well worth the time and effort. There are several sources of information about scholarships, and services which provide leads for students. Scholarships are provided by several organizations, so it is important to look around, and try to be awarded as many as possible. Businesses, schools, churches, and community organizations offer scholarships for students quite frequently. The first place you want to start is with the financial aid office of the school(s) you wish to attend. They will have some great resources for you. Since they work every day with agencies and organizations that offer these programs, they can become a great advocate for you...



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