Highly Regarded Public Colleges See (and Fear) Surge in Acceptances
March 1, 2009

In this, the year of the high school senior hunting for a great college at a bargain price, highly regarded public colleges fear a surge in acceptances that could make for crowded campuses in the Fall 2009 semester.  SUNY-New Paltz, named the hottest small state school by… Read More>>

Proposal for Changes in Federal Student Aid Programs
February 26, 2009

A proposal to overhaul the federal financial aid system for college students would increase grants to the neediest and eliminate subsidizing of loans provided by the private sector.  How will this affect you?  The proposal, the biggest change in the system since 1965, would make the U.S. Department… Read More>>

Looking to Save $40k? Just Graduate in 3 Years.
February 24, 2009

Although the traditional college experience is a four year adventure, most students take over four years to graduate.  In this era of increased cost consciousness, some colleges are adopting programs that allow students to graduate in three years, potentially saving up to $40,000.  How do they intend to… Read More>>

Financial Troubles Impact College Athletic Recruiting and Recruits
January 13, 2009

So you think that highly touted high school senior athletes are immune from the financial havoc impacting every aspect of your life?  Think again.  College athletic recruiting is taking a financial hit, and recruits are rethinking how far they want to travel for college.  Colleges… Read More>>

Common App Website Clogged with Applications
December 31, 2008

On December 30 and 31 the Common App website was inundated with so much activity that the site experienced a slowdown, upsetting many high school seniors seeking to file their applications prior to the January 1 deadline.  The executive director of the Common App downplayed the… Read More>>

Robotic College Applications Are a Death Knell
December 23, 2008

The worst thing to do on your college application?  Try to be too perfect.  That's what admissions deans at several colleges had to say recently when asked about the 2009 applicant pool, the largest ever.  Some applications are too "slick," as a result of too… Read More>>

Financial Aid in a Time of Economic Distress
December 23, 2008

With the economy continuing to tank, 529 plans losing money and tuition bills coming due, what is a college student to do?  Get creative.  College financial aid offices recognize the problem and are coming up with programs to help, so let your aid office know… Read More>>

Soaring Costs Could Make College Unaffordable for Many
December 3, 2008

A new report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education should sound alarm bells for prospective college students and their parents - the net cost of a college education (tuition, fees, room/board, minus financial aid) continues to rise at a rate that… Read More>>

College in Europe? It's Becoming A More Popular Option
November 30, 2008

Ever thought of leaving the U.S. for college abroad?  You are not alone.  More American high school students are being recruited by and are applying to universities in Canada and Europe.  The University of St. Andrews in Scotland (think, birthplace of golf) has approximately 1,200 Americans… Read More>>

Early Decision and Early Action Applications Up Despite Poor Economy
November 20, 2008

With the volatile economy, many thought that the number of Early Decision applications would be lower for Fall 2009, since families would not want to be bound to a high-priced college.  On the contrary, colleges are seeing an increase in both Early Decision and Early… 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.


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