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Top Places to get a Bachelors Degree Overseas

Top Places to get a Bachelors Degree Overseas
on Sep 15, 2016 at 04:28 PM in College-bound Seniors, College Search

Consider an education abroad: Top Places for American Students to get a Bachelor’s Degree Overseas.


Early Decision (binding) and Early Action Admission Programs

on Sep 14, 2016 at 06:27 PM in College-bound Seniors, College Search

Two IECA members, Jeff Levy and Jennie Kent, annually compile and update stats on Early Decision (binding) and Early Action admission programs, which they share with colleagues. The chart reveals whether an admissions advantage is conveyed to students ready to commit to having their applications reviewed before regular cycle deadlines.


SAT Subject Test Requirements and Recommendations

on Sep 08, 2016 at 09:17 PM in College-bound Seniors, Standardized Testing

Each year, the requirements and recommendations around SAT Subject Tests (SAT II’s for the many still using the old College Board name) grow more diverse. The general trend is toward more flexible requirements, and no school has recently tightened requirements. Still, the most competitive colleges skew toward the “required” end of the spectrum.


Merit Aid- 50 Best Colleges per Money Magazine

on Sep 08, 2016 at 08:06 PM in Merit Aid, College-bound Seniors, Financial Aid

The 50 Best Private Colleges for Merit Aid: if your family makes too much to qualify for need-based aid but you still want help with college costs, consider these schools, all of which land in the top half of MONEY's rankings, and have merit aid budgets. Their average merit grant is at least $6,000 a year, and at least 20% of undergraduates are awarded one. Typically, your odds for merit aid are best at schools where your grades and test scores put you in the top 25% of the applicants pool.


Strategies for New SAT, ACT Writing Tests

on Apr 13, 2016 at 10:52 PM in College-bound Seniors, Standardized Testing

The SAT essay writing exercise has been transformed from an opinion piece into an exercise in textual analysis and critical thinking; this is similar to exercises on certain AP exams. Students will be asked to read a short (600-700-word) persuasive passage and write an essay response that explains how the author develops and supports an argument. On the ACT’s revamped essay, students will get 40 minutes to analyze and respond to three distinct perspectives on a topic that concerns a broad, national issue.


Tips for the Math Section of the New SAT

on Apr 13, 2016 at 10:48 PM in Standardized Testing, College-bound Seniors


How to Afford to Study Abroad

on Mar 07, 2015 at 07:21 PM in Financial Aid

Whether you plan to study abroad for a semester or get your entire degree outside the United States, you may be able to use federal student aid to pay your expenses. The type of aid you can get—and the process you must follow—will depend on the type of program (study-abroad or full degree) you plan to enter. Your status as an undergraduate or graduate student also affects the type of aid for which you’re eligible, just as it does at schools in the U.S.


Avoiding FAFSA mistakes

on Oct 22, 2014 at 01:09 PM in Financial Aid


Colleges to avoid when searching for financial aid

on Oct 21, 2014 at 01:43 PM in Financial Aid

List of 15 schools that skimp on meeting need and offering merit aid


NY Times guide for families who haven't saved for college

on Oct 21, 2014 at 01:27 PM in Financial Aid, Interesting Articles

In just a generation or two, we’ve gone from students working their way through college without too much trouble, to many parents still being able to write checks to cover tuition out of current income, to sticker prices being so high that two decades of savings may not be enough to cover two children from relatively affluent families.