Interested in the Military? Consider College ROTC

The Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is offered at hundreds of universities across the country by individual branches of the military: Army, Naval (includes Marine), and Air Force. The emphasis is on learning how to be a leader, specifically how to be an effective military officer. Here are some FAQs about ROTC:What Are Scholarship Options?ROTC programs include both scholarship and non-scholarship ...
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Financial Aid Changes For Class of 2017: Prior, Prior Year

Members of the Class of 2017 are the guinea pigs for several new initiatives in the college application process. There is the new SAT that debuted in March, the new Coalition for Affordability and Access application platform and now the Prior, Prior FAFSA. So what exactly is a Prior, Prior FAFSA?  The FAFSA (Federal Application For Student Aid) is the US government’s application form for federal ...
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The Parent’s Role in The College Admission Process

The process of applying to college has more complex layers than it did when the parents of today applied to college. It can be difficult for parents to know how to help, where to step in and when to back off. Here are some guidelines:• Support Independent Thinking. This is the first major decision a student will make and they may not know how to research and evaluate a college for fit at the outset. ...

NEW WAY TO APPLY TO COLLEGE

Some Higher Education Professionals Are Skeptical Eighty selective colleges and universities have announced a plan for a new platform that they claim will streamline the way students plan for, think about and apply to college. Their hope is the platform will help build a college-going culture that improves access to underserved populations such as low-income students and underrepresented minority ...

College Endowments and the Student Experience

“Which college is better?” This question came up in a recent conversation with a family about two universities, one a large state university and the other a large private university. It is a good question to ask, but a hard one to answer since so much of what makes a college “good” for any individual student is so dependent on that student’s needs and interests. So let’s assume for a ...

Colleges in The Big Sky State

Top-notch skiing, hiking, football games and school spirit, strong academic offerings, less selective admissions requirements, great value. If this list caught your attention then you may want to take a look at Montana universities—University of Montana in Missoula and Montana State University—as part of your college search. I just returned from visiting these campuses so here is a brief overview ...

College Costs, Part II: Merit Aid and Best-Value Colleges

The current state of the economy has left many college-bound students and their families more concerned than ever about how they will pay for college. In a previous post on college costs, we discussed financial aid and scholarships. In this article, we examine college options for those who are seeking value, and what it takes to be considered for merit scholarships. Merit Scholarships Merit scholarships ...

Worried about College Costs? Tips for Finding Scholarships and Applying for Financial Aid

With the ongoing problems in the economy, it is no wonder that families are becoming increasingly nervous about the cost of college, even if their own jobs and future seem secure. Here are some resources and links for finding scholarships and applying for financial aid. 1. Scholarship search engines. The following search engines require that students complete a questionnaire about their grades and ...

Financial Aid and Loan Offers – Evaluate Carefully

By now college-bound seniors should have received their award letters from the colleges of their choice. Remember that both grant awards (which is outright money that does not need to be paid back) and loans are listed on the same letter. Also keep in mind that loans are not financial aid. For this reason it is critical to review the loan terms and interest rates being offered very closely. Families ...
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