As you get ready to welcome in the New Year, be sure to set aside some time for college preparation; the winter break provides an excellent opportunity to do a little research and to start thinking seriously about your future plans. There will be plenty of time to hang out with your friends, catch up on some sleep and enjoy the holidays, but don’t let the time get away from you and neglect working on your college plan. To keep you focused over the break, we put together a short to-do list for you to accomplish before you head back to classes in January.
Test Preparation – Before you leave for the break, stop by and talk to your guidance counselor about the possibility of taking one of the SAT Subject Tests™ this spring while the material is still fresh in your mind. Additionally, if you have already taken the PSAT, use your score report to sign into the CollegeBoard.com website and create a study guide for the SAT. By getting a jump on the SAT now, you’ll be well-prepared for the test during your junior and senior years. Read the rest of this entry »
As of October 29, all colleges that receive Title IV student aid were required to add net price calculators to their websites as part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. The net price calculators were added to help parents and students avoid sticker shock. Many see the expected total cost of attendance, especially when considering private schools, and automatically assume the schools are beyond their budgets. This is where the calculators come in handy. Depending upon the sophistication of the tool being used, families will be able to add in some information and get a non-binding estimate of the ‘true cost of college.’ Sounds great, yes? Unfortunately, many of the calculators being used are not very accurate. Read the rest of this entry »