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Pay For College: How to earn more money, scholarships and build some skills while you’re at it

  I recently came across an interesting story about a kid from Oklahoma paying off his college tuition with 500 pounds of pennies.   It was one of those ‘you had to click on’ stories on the internet, and it was really awesome to hear this kid’s story. I highly recommend it.   Beside the fact that he saved a ton of pennies ($974 worth!) he worked for ever dollar. He painted houses, mowed lawns, budgeted, and picked up any job he could. That’s it. Plain old hard work, basic personal finance skills and determination to execute on this plan.   With all the hoopla about college loans, rising tuition prices and a lack of jobs out there, it makes you wonder...



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University of Florida: GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

  University of Florida is a large public institution, and it’s a very competitive school. Often times with larger state schools, GPA and SAT or ACT scores are weighed even more heavily than smaller private schools due to state regulations and the sheer amount of applicants they receive per year.  That being said, U of F is still going to be looking at a lot of other variables too, but being able to earn a competitive GPA and test scores is priority number one. So, what exactly do you need to get in? Getting into the University of Florida The University of Florida is one of the largest institutions in the United States considering it has over 50,000 students enrolled. As noted above,...



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Student Financial Aid: Grants, Loans and Work-Study

    Student Financial Aid – What to expect from Pell Grants to loans to work-study programs.   So you finally got into college. Congrats! But, the question remains – how will you pay for it? If you haven’t done so already, please head over to https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and apply now – it’s free, so you’ve got nothing to lose! Even if your parents make enough money, I still highly recommend applying. You have until June 30th, 2015 to apply, but sooner the better.   Opening up your financial aid package is probably just as nerve-wracking as opening up your acceptance letter. After all, this may be the determining factor in choosing the college you attend....



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College Application Essay Format Q&A With Parke Muth

  Recently, I was able to chat about what defines a well-structured college application essay format in terms of topic selection and quality with Parke Muth from Parke Muth Consulting . Before Parke became a consultant, he worked in a number of different leadership positions at the University of Virginia’s Office of Admission, including Associate Dean of Admission and Director of International Admission. I asked Parke a couple key questions that parents and students often ask during the application process, and Parke does a tremendous job in applying his unique insights to help 1. What do admission officers really want to see from students in their essays? What makes an essay stand...



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Financial Aid – The “Other” March Madness

Every March millions of people across the country focus on colleges, obsess over rankings, and struggle to select the big winner.  Of course I’m talking about the college admission and financial aid process, also known as the other March Madness.  High school students hoping to attend a traditional four year college or university should have submitted the admission application by now and are switching their focus to the next round of the college selection tournament – Financial Aid. The Financial Aid process can be very intimidating for some families.  The first step in this process is to breathe.  The second step is to determine what each college requires in their financial...



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5 Things I Wish I Knew When Applying to College

  Despite applying to college being one of the most important decisions and investments a person can make, everyone we’ve ever spoken with (including ourselves) feels like they could have done a better job and that there were things they did not know about until after they completed the application process. As a kid finishing up high school and getting ready to go off to college, it’s an exciting time, but it’s also quite daunting. You’re not sure where to go, what to do, what not to do, what to major in, and even how to do laundry 🙂 So, in an effort to help diffuse some of these challenges, I put together a list of 5 things I wish I knew when applying to college...



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College Application Deadlines and How to Stay Ahead

  The last thing most high school students want to hear is tips on how to set guidelines and prepare their for their college applications. Things like prom, tests and extra curricular activities are all in full effect. However, one of the most important (and often overlooked) aspects of applying to college lies within the details of due dates, supplemental essays, letters of recommendation and getting all necessary financial information in on time. All schools are different, and therefore they all have their own due dates and requirements for important information, which makes it increasingly more important to plan ahead. 1. It’s never too early to start:  While I wouldn’t...



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College Admissions: Use Social Media To Your Advantage

It’s no secret that colleges are now screening applicants’ social media profiles, but that doesn’t mean that you should simply set everything to private and attempt to cover up your identify by using a fake name. In fact, you can use this to your advantage. While colleges tend to scan social profiles to get a better sense of who the applicants are and check to make sure students are not engaging in illegal or questionable behavior, they are also looking for interesting things that you write and create, which can give your application a boost, and as schools become more and more competitive, you need to standout. 1. Blog Blogging is one of the best ways to share your thoughts,...



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4 College Application Mistakes That Reduce Your Chances of Admission

  For most students, applying to college is not exactly the most exciting experience. Every time you think you’re done, another thing pops up. First, you have to search through thousands of colleges, visit schools, manage deadlines, essays, supplemental essays, tests, tests and more tests! Oh yeah, then there’s financial aid and tuition. How are you going to pay? How do you take out loans? It seems like a never ending process that you just want to get done. We know, we’ve been there. However, when this happens, students tend to mismanage their applications, which is unfortunate because they already have spent so much time piecing everything together. Our goal is to help...



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Getting a Top Score on SAT Math

    Man, wouldn’t it be nice if I could really just put down some quick tips and tricks that’d lead you to the 800 on your SAT math section? It’s not that simple, which I’m sure you probably realize. There’s no one silver bullet—no “weird trick” that’ll get you a high score. That’s because the SAT isn’t a simple test; doing particularly well asks a number of different skills of you. That’s true of every section of the test, but it’s especially pertinent when talking about the math section.   So it’s not easy, right, but what do you need to do to ace SAT math?   Know the Material   You’ll see a range of different kinds of math on the test. A...



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