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Five Steps To Appealing a Financial Aid or Merit Award

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Excited for college admissions? Great! Now learn how to navigate merit aid awards.

Now that students are receiving their financial need-based and merit scholarship awards, it is important to look at the fine print. Colleges typically lump together grant aid, which is money that does not need to be paid back, with loans. When comparing awards, it is important to compare grants to grants and exclude loans from the comparison to truly evaluate which colleges are offering the best…

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The May SAT has been cancelled; April ACT Moved To June 13

I hope you and your family are healthy and the current situation has not caused hardship for you. Try to remain calm about disruptions such as the test cancellations. As frustrating as this is, remember that colleges will be understanding about this unusual situation. It will all work out.

Here are steps to take between now and June:

  1. Register for the June SAT, or the July ACT just to be safe. Do this ASAP as sites will fill.
  2. Connect your College Board account with Khan Academy, which

College Board Cancels March SAT In Many Locations

As you no doubt have heard, College Board has cancelled this Saturday’s SAT in many locations affected by the coronavirus. This is a hardship and disappointment to so many students who have been practicing tirelessly to prepare for the test. It is also possible that future tests, such as the April ACT, may be impacted.

Here are steps to take:

  1. If you are not sure if your high school has/will cancel a test, check the website of the school where you have been assigned to take the test.
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Steps Educational Advocates Has Taken Regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19)

 
 
 
 
 
With the Coronavirus (Covid-19) being declared a public health issue of international concern, we have taken the following steps in our practice to ensure that we can continue to serve you in the event of rising cases in our community:
  • Ensuring our employees have the structure and support, including technology and supplies, that they will need to work from home and meet with clients online so as not to interrupt any service.
  • Posting information in our office with reminders of

On Tour: Florida College Gems

At this time of year the idea of attending college in sunny, warm Florida can seem awfully appealing. I recently visited two colleges in the Tampa area that attract many students from the northeast: Eckerd College and the University of Tampa.

Eckerd College

Eckerd has 1,915 undergraduates and is situated on a beautiful 188-acre campus, located on the St. Petersburg waterfront. Its most popular major is business, but Eckerd is best known for its next most frequently chosen majors

To AP Or Not To AP? Answers To Commonly-Asked Questions

One of the most commonly asked questions in our practice is: “Does it matter if I take AP courses or not?” The answer depends on what courses are the right fit for the individual student, and what the student’s aspirations are.

Will I Be Able To Handle The Work?

The first and what might seem like an obvious consideration is whether the student can handle the course work in an AP class. If a student is working hard and feeling stressed with schoolwork or routinely staying up to the wee…

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AP Exams: The Word From Admissions

It’s March and high school students are selecting courses for next year. You may be wondering if you should consider taking an AP course?

Which AP course should I take?

Do you have a specific area of interest or have you performed well in honors courses? If yes, then consider taking the AP version of the same courses. At most high schools, the AP course covers more advanced material than the honors or college prep course; however, at some high schools it is an accelerated version that…

15 Great Ideas For Your Summer

High school students should plan to spend at least part of the summer working, volunteering or engaging with an interest. Still looking for something to do? Here are some opportunities to explore, some offered at no cost to you:

1. Take an online course in engineering and more through Brown University.

2. Volunteer with Tenacity Summer Tennis and Reading Program.

3. Train to be a lifeguard through the American Red Cross or YMCA—the positions are in demand and pay well.

4. Sign …

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Teens Rank Anxiety And Depression As Major Problems Among Their Peers

The Pew Research Center reports that seven out of ten US teenagers report anxiety and depression as major problems among their peers. Teens cite concerns about mental health more often than bullying, drug addiction or alcohol abuse. They also say that the number one pressure they face is trying to get good grades. Yes, there’s pressure to look good, to be a good athlete, and to fit in, but the pressure to perform well in school is the worst.

Colleges are responding in a variety of …

Trends in College Admission and Counseling

Each year, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) publishes an overview of trends in admission and college counseling (see methodology at the end of this article). Here are highlights from the recently published 2018-2019 survey.

Increase in the number of applications continues. Between Fall 2017 and Fall 2018, freshmen applications increased by 6 percent, transfers by 2 percent and, despite reports of declining interest by international…

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