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Financial Aid Guide

on Mar 07, 2019 at 08:57 PM in Financial Aid

Financial aid is a complex topic, but it is the one part of the college process in which parents must be centrally involved or even take the lead. In 2016 there is a major change in the deadline for filing the federal form, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), that determines eligibility for federal grants and loans and is used by many colleges, including the University of California, to triage institutional support.


Useful Websites on College Admission

on Mar 07, 2019 at 08:35 PM in College Search

Some of the free resources Tish utilizes in initiating a search are highlighted here. Use this list of Notable Colleges to jump directly to the websites of several dozen colleges.


Highlights from a talk on Writing College Essays

on Aug 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM in College Essays

Your Essay Needs To Tell Admissions Readers
Who you are
What you are passionate about
Why you should be in that class, what distinctive elements you will contribute
Cardinal rule of college essays: admissions committee should hear your voice, know more about your history, interests, values and goals.
“Add clarity, richness and meaning to other parts of application… The personal statement is your interview with the University of California.”
Also used to evaluate your communication and writing skills: “ability to make a point in easy-to- understand and clearly stated manner.” (U Texas)

Getting Started / Brainstorming Ideas
Familiarize yourself with the form: 
Personal essay

This I Believe
After reading each one, answer two questions:
What did I learn about the writer?
Why did that piece work? Technique? Voice?
Successful college essays

Keep a Journal: Record ideas for short prompts and major prompts weekly
Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.
Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.
Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content.
Rite of passage, formal or informal, within your culture or family.

Do writing exercises
Make a Timeline w/20 significant life events
Identify and describe objects in your room
"Value Search"- Define your top ten values in two sentences
Elevator Speech/Pitch to Admissions

How Do You Know When You Are Done? Ask….
Did I answer the prompt?
Does it have a strong intro and powerful conclusion?
Does it expand on presentation of who I am? Add info of value?
Is it written in my voice? Would someone who knows you well identify essay as yours?
Is it logical, grammatically correct?
Is it developed beyond chronology to reflection? Does it state why topic matters to you?
Does it complement other pieces of application?
Did I let it rest? Have someone else proofread, comment?
Did it meet word limit?
Did I give them a good reason to admit me?


Simpler Way to Apply for Financial Aid

on Aug 18, 2018 at 10:17 AM in Financial Aid, Interesting Articles


Taking Advantage of the Free College Board Resources

on Apr 13, 2018 at 10:48 PM in Standardized Testing, College-bound Seniors

The most helpful resource will be the practice redesigned SAT tests from the College Board and the Khan Academy.


UCLA Transfer admission stats, by major

on Sep 26, 2016 at 03:46 AM in College Search

Accurate stats on how many students applied and are accepted to transfer to each school and program at UCLA, updated annually by UCLA.


At Last, Your Financial Aid Ordeal Has Gotten Easier

on Sep 23, 2016 at 06:24 PM in Financial Aid, College-bound Seniors

Applying for financial aid and choosing a college in the United States is still much too complicated, but some long-overdue reforms are finally underway, and in the nick of time.

Change is coming, and even if it is imperfect and incomplete, it is definitely welcome.


29 Great Colleges for B Students and How to Get In

on Sep 23, 2016 at 05:47 PM in College Search, College-bound Seniors

29 Great Colleges for B Students and How to Get In: Generally, the better your grades, the more college options you'll have. However, some students are under the false impression that you need to get straight A's to get into a wonderful college. Students stress and worry that a few B's will sentence them to an inferior university.
Fortunately, you don't have to worry that getting B's will prevent you from going to a good school. There are a number of excellent colleges that admit B students.


"Public Ivies" or the very best state universities

on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:25 PM in Merit Aid, College Search, College-bound Seniors, Financial Aid

Where are your chances of admission highest among the best public universities?


Snapshot of Financial Aid at Selective Colleges

on Sep 16, 2016 at 10:13 PM in College Search, College-bound Seniors, Financial Aid

On her DIY blog, Michelle Kretzschmar emphasizes colleges that accept at least 50% of applicants and graduate at least 50% in four years at a private college or five years at a public university or an engineering program. But in this list she looks at more selective colleges, but still from the perspective of net cost to the student.