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TO TEST OR NOT TO TEST – Advice for students in the class of 2021

 As of today, July 13, 2020, there are more than 1240 colleges and universities that have joined the test optional movement for at least the next year.  It has been estimated that by the end of August 2020, more than 50% of all colleges in the United States will have a test-optional policy. The tests,… Read more

College Admissions and the Coronavirus v.2

April 17, 2020 Since my last newsletter a few weeks ago, a lot has happened to impact high school and college students and their families.  Students – and all of us -have never experienced anything like this 2020 pandemic.  With schools closed and all events canceled, normal life has ground to a halt.  The closing… Read more

Changes to College Admissions Rules May Not all be Positive

At the September meeting of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), changes were made to the ethical guidelines that colleges have to adhere to when admitting students.  These changes went into effect at the end of September of this year and may impact your child’s admission experience.   The changes include: For years… Read more

Here’s what you need to know about the FAFSA!

It is that time of year again! The 2020-2021 FAFSA and CSS Profile opens on Tuesday, October 1.  The FAFSA is required to be completed by any student and parent who intends to attend college in the Fall of 2020 and will need money to pay for college.  Listed below are suggestions and facts that… Read more

Why You Should Take a Second Look at Test-Optional Colleges

In light of the recent Varsity Blues Scandal, which continues to be in the news four weeks after the first headlines, I thought I would revisit an article that I wrote in 2015 about options to college admissions’ testing. As you know, the two assessments used by college admissions’ counselors are the SAT or the… Read more

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