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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Five - Year Roadmap for College Bound Students

Five - Year Roadmap for College Bound Students

Madeline Riley 8th grade: It might sound crazy, but students as young as 12 can and should start designing their plan for college. For parents, this means thinking seriously about your college financing plan—or lack thereof—and how to make the most of your savings. For 8th graders, this means thinking about where you might want to be in five years. Aiming for a big ten school with endless people to meet? Inspired to continue playing your favorite sport at a local college? Dreaming of endle....

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