The Big College Decision dilemma

As I have observed my son go through the process of making his college choice I am reminded of a few things that parents sometimes forget. For many students this is their first BIG decision of their lives. The time will come for others [like marriage, buying a house, getting a job, having a baby], but the way we help them through this first one will often … [Read more...]

Things to do on my College Campus visit

Many parents and students of high school senior and juniors are currently visiting college campuses during spring break or will be during the summer. Here are some tips to help you with your choices: Gather Information Find out what you need to do to apply and see if the college’s class and major offerings are what you want: • Take part in a group … [Read more...]

EFC Calculation changes for 2013

For those parents who have decided to try out their own EFC calculations, there are some updates that you will need to know for the 2013 calculations which begin on January 1st. The Parent Asset Protection Allowances have changed significantly for both Two-Parent and One Parent families. The APA’s have decreased across the board, resulting in an unfavorable … [Read more...]

In Africa – “They are just monkeys”

One thing I learned in America - People learn from a young age to encourage others - it's a good thing! Climbing in trees is a natural thing in Africa. I remember an old oak tree in the backyard of our small farm. It was a great tree to climb, as tall as you could see from the ground and as you got higher and higher the branches became thinner and less … [Read more...]

I was in Africa and looked over in shock

I spent the past few weeks in Africa and experienced some amazing sights on safari. One of the days I looked over to my kids and was in shock. Where did the years go? My son is now taller than I am and only the weight that I am trying to lose keeps him from wrestling me to the ground. So we are heading back to school in the next few weeks! My son enters … [Read more...]

Summertime …….”I’m bored”

It's summer time, school is out, pools are open and if you listen very closely you can hear students all over the place saying, “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do!" Well here are some solutions to your high school student’s boredom that will have very positive impact on their college planning. Many students have very hectic schedules during the school year that … [Read more...]

College Selection tips

Most people are keenly aware that when shopping for a new car the “sticker price” on the vehicle is typically only a starting point for the actual price that will be paid for the vehicle. The well prepared consumer of a new car will actually come to the dealership prepared with the necessary information to make an intelligent offer for the car of their choice. … [Read more...]

Where to find College Money

I often get asked the question – “Where can we find money for college education?” It could come primarily from 8 different areas. 1. Federal Programs – The majority of the money available is from here. 2. College need based awards. 3. State programs 4. The family’s EFC or “Expected Family Contribution” 5. Private, Local , and public funds. … [Read more...]

One Year Out Report

On behalf of the College Board, Hart Research Associates undertook a comprehensive survey to explore how young Americans assess their high school experience and its role in preparing them for their next step in life, including work, post-secondary education, or some combination of experiences. The survey involved a nationally representative sample of 1,507 … [Read more...]

Under plan, UC tuition could rise by 16% a year

The University of California would raise student tuition by at least 8 percent - or as much as 16 percent - every year through 2016 under a plan that UC leaders will propose to the regents Thursday in San Francisco. Basic tuition could top $22,000 in just four years, not including other mandatory fees, books, room and board, if the regents adopt the idea at … [Read more...]