Important: Acceptance Letters vs. Award Letters

Important: Acceptance Letters vs. Award Letters

Madeline Riley Say it with me: My acceptance letter is not my award letter! Many students and families are confused with what an acceptance letter means for the financial aspects of college. It’s important to distinguish your college acceptance letter with your financial aid award letter from that same school because the two have important differences. Your acceptance letters will roll in between winter 2016 and spring 2017; read them carefully. You may be offered a scholarship in this lette....

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A Parros Success Story: DePaul University Visit

A Parros Success Story: DePaul University Visit

Kim Parros Touring colleges is one of the most important and most fun parts of our job. We get to see firsthand what is special about a college, taking our time to analyze which of our students would find it most attractive, and reading between the lines on what kind of a student the college really wants. We are required to visit a certain number of colleges every year to maintain one of our credentials as an Independent College Advisor and we try to exceed what is required so that we can have....

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Applications, Awards, and Answers for All Things FAFSA

Applications, Awards, and Answers for All Things FAFSA

Madeline Riley New FAFSA rules for the 2017-2018 school year have left many confused about what the changes mean for their application deadlines and award statuses. It’s common for the financial aid process to seem overwhelming and esoteric, but fear not, the new rules actually simplify the entire system. Firstly, and most importantly, the FAFSA application opened up three months earlier this year, in October 2016, rather than on January 1st, 2017. This means families can submit their studen....

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Why Us? Surpassing the “Common” in Your Application Essay

Why Us? Surpassing the “Common” in Your Application Essay

Madeline Riley The Common Application is known and feared by high school seniors across America come college application time. Each part of the Common App is scrutinized by university admissions officers, and thus important, but more than the other portions, the essays are where students can expand on their profile to make a lasting impression. It can be easy to fall into the habit of trying to please the people reading your application essays by writing what you think they want to hear, but th....

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