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Colleges Recruiting You? It Happens.
July 31, 2009

Usually it is the student seeking information from a college, applying and trying to convince an admissions officer to select him or her from thousands of other qualified applicants for a coveted spot.  But what if it were the other way around?  It does happen. … Read More>>

"Test Optional" Colleges – An Easy Way In For Poor Test Takers or Just Another Shell Game?
July 20, 2009

"Test Optional."  Not having to submit SAT or ACT scores sounds like music to the ears of those poor test takers who are otherwise well qualified for a top flight college.  Not so fast, as there are many layers to this onion.  Some "test optional"… Read More>>

Obama Proposal to Pump Money into Community Colleges
July 14, 2009

Community colleges are often forgotten in the higher education debate.  This may change with President Obama's proposal to inject $12 billion into the community college system.  There are 1,200 community colleges across the country that enroll 6 million students each year.  These institutions historically provided education through open admissions… Read More>>

New Streamlined Federal Student Aid Application is on the way
June 24, 2009

Tired of the painstaking effort required to complete the FAFSA form in order to be considered for financial aid?  Relief is on the way, as recently announced by the U.S. Department of Education.  In a June 24, 2009 press release, the U.S. DoE announced changes,… Read More>>

Colleges Get Creative in Cutting Costs
June 18, 2009

In the race to cut costs, colleges have instituted layoffs, hiring freezes and eliminated ambitious construction projects.  Below the surface have been other reductions that will be noticed in the Fall semester.  Some of these include eliminating phone lines in some academic departments (University of… Read More>>

Online Application Growth
June 15, 2009

In its 11th year, the Common App Online reported a new record volume with over 1.6 million applications processed through June 12, 2009. Not only are students applying to more schools, but they are doing so online. See the numbers for yourself at the Common… Read More>>

Reed College Sends a Message By Rejecting Needy Applicants
June 9, 2009

After wrapping up its Fall 2009 admissions decisions, the financial aid department at Reed College in Oregon gave admissions officers one final job: cut 100 proposed admitted applicants based on the need for financial aid and instead admit those who could pay the full tuition.  Is this the new… Read More>>

Community Colleges Granting Bachelor's Degrees
May 2, 2009

Community colleges used to be a less expensive alternative for those unsure about their ability or desire to attend the traditional 4 year college.  Fast forward: now some of those community colleges are granting 4 year bachelor's degrees. How will this impact the higher education landscape? … Read More>>

Applying for a Private Student Loan? Read the Fine Print.
May 2, 2009

You're in! You have been admitted to your first choice college. But how to pay for it? Student loans are a part of the equation for college students and their parents - but they are also big business for some of the country's largest banks. How to make sure you… Read More>>

In These Tough Financial Times, Free Tuition Sounds Even Better
May 2, 2009

What school had 78% of its accepted students submit their deposits for freshman year? Harvard? Wrong. Berea College in Kentucky. What's their secret? Zero tuition. In these tough financial times, the 1,500 student Berea saw a 15% increase in applications, and the quality of the applicants was better than… Read More>>

Don’t Let Summer Pass You By!

While many think of the summer as a time to relax, hit the beach and do anything but something academic, summer is the best time to explore potential academic majors and careers. You can learn more about this at your local library. Take advantage of the down time to up your game. You will be glad you did.

 

In Memory of Diane Gallo

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our co-founder Diane Gallo. Diane, a beloved independent educational consultant who went above and beyond for the students she served and their families, will be greatly missed. She was a great colleague and friend to all. If you had been working with Diane, please reach out to her husband Michael Gallo with a written request for a refund of any monies that may be owed to you at 43 Hillside Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ 07452.

 

Did You Know?

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