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Plan ahead: FAFSA and CSS Profile to Open October 1

Posted by Neal Schwartz on September 16, 2020

This September has been an exceptional back-to-school season. Struggling with enacting new sanitary protocols, schools are slowly easing into new routines, with varying levels of success. This can be a particularly challenging time for high school seniors. And for those high school seniors that are completing their last year of high school in such conditions, the college application season is especially important. We want to make sure that seniors don’t miss a beat. For many applying to colleges this year, finances are even more of an important question than usual. That’s why it’s essential to be on top of Financial Aid applications. With only a few weeks before the 2021-2022 FAFSA and CSS Profile become accessible, we thought it would be helpful to provide families with a few quick tips on the process.

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Topics: College Essays, College Applications, High school Activities, college admissions, supplemental essays, distance learning, college counseling, commonapp, high school senior, college freshman year, fafsa

How to optimize distance learning this school year

Posted by Neal Schwartz on August 28, 2020

The trend of remote learning has met much controversy in the days leading up to the start of the fall semester. Many concerned parents feel that their students are behind due to an insufficient and flawed pivot to virtual classrooms. With our new reality, and schools choosing hybrid or purely remote options, it’s not going to be perfect. To export remote learning on a scale such as this takes a lot of trial and error. It’s never been done before, so neither parents nor students should expect smooth sailing right away.

While some teachers and students are quickly adapting to learning online and being more independently motivated, others are having a more difficult time with the adjustment. And it’s to be expected, because face-to-face learning is most often the best. However, distance learning can be supplemented in order to feel more robust. If students are finding that they need extra support, we have a variety of suggestions to help them optimize this very particular school year.

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Topics: College Essays, College Applications, High school Activities, college admissions, supplemental essays, distance learning, college counseling, commonapp, high school senior, college freshman year

The College Prep Bucket List

Posted by Neal Schwartz on December 11, 2018

What has changed about competitive college admissions over the last decade?

With college acceptance rates at an all-time low, qualified students need to find a way to show why they are unique and deserving of admission.

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Topics: College Applications, High school Activities, Community Service, college admissions, admission advice, college prep, college advice, college process, college activities plan, SAT/ACT

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