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Saddened by college admissions scandal

Good morning: Like many of you, I have been following the college admissions scandal that has been in the news these last few days.  As an independent college counselor with more than 30 years of experience, I am angry and sad that this is happening today.  However, I am not surprised.  I have met many… Read more

Understanding those Critical Financial Aid Letters

“The waiting is finally over!” Mrs. Drew* happily shared with me as I answered my phone in April 2018.  “Scott* got into all of the schools on his list, which is wonderful.  So, how do we decide where he should go?  I have started receiving his financial aid award letters and I don’t understand them. … Read more

What to do AFTER all the College Applications are done

I recently heard this voicemail from one of my students: “I’ve finished all of my college applications.  I’m done, right?”  I could hear the pride and fear in her voice as she asked the question.  She was proud that she had completed all of her nine college applications, including essays, short answers, letter of recommendation… Read more

5 Ways to Prepare Your Child for College

This article appeared in the COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS section of Sass Magazine By KAYLEE HENRY Wasn’t it just yesterday you were watching your child climb the school bus steps for first grade? Now you’re watching the car back out the driveway for senior year. In a blink of an eye it will be college move-in day! Have you… Read more

Workshop on the 3 A’s of College: Access, Admissions & Affordability

Attend our 3 A’s of College: Access, Admissions and Affordability to learn from a college admissions’ expert.  You’ll discover the proven steps you can take to not only gain admission to one of your dream schools, but to complete college without massive debt. Applying for college can be difficult, overwhelming and stressful. Dianne Keilholtz, NCC,… Read more

The Opportunities and Obstacles of Visiting Colleges During the Summer

Between his two daughters, Chris Snowden and his family have visited more than 15 colleges and universities – some multiple times – during the last five years. “Between AP expectations, soccer, swimming, and lots of homework, finding time to squeeze in college tours meant visiting most schools during breaks,” Snowden says. “Their high school does have a policy of excusing absences to… Read more

3 A’s of College: Access, Admissions & Affordability Seminar in Bradenton

Learn from a college admissions’ expert the proven steps you can take to not only gain admission to one of your dream schools, but to complete college without massive debt. Applying for college can be difficult, overwhelming and stressful. Dianne Keilholtz, NCC, IEC has over 30 years’ experience guiding students and families through the entire… Read more

Demystifying AP Courses & Exams

It was the last day of February 2016, when my phone rang. Without taking a breath, the father of one of my freshman began: “I have some questions about Advanced Placement.  My daughter doesn’t want to sign up for AP World, but I have heard that taking an AP class will help her get into… Read more