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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

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

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