Smart Q & A: Do I have to report suspensions on college applications?
Dec12

Smart Q & A: Do I have to report suspensions on college applications?

Do you have suspensions on your high school record? Should you report it on your college admission application?

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Smart Q & A: Visit Campus First or Apply Then Visit?
Oct28

Smart Q & A: Visit Campus First or Apply Then Visit?

— Should you visit colleges before applying or only those who have already accepted you?

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Smart Q & A: Parents Divided About Choosing a College
Jul29

Smart Q & A: Parents Divided About Choosing a College

QUESTION: My husband and I differ about where our daughter should attend college. He feels strongly she should chose the best school among those offered and I want her to be happy with her choice. Both schools are good schools. How can we all get through this? ANSWER: First, I think it is important for you both to define what “best” truly is!  Often times, best is defined by a designer label like and Ivy or Tier I school with a...

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Smart Q & A: Should I Visit Colleges During Summer?
Jun10

Smart Q & A: Should I Visit Colleges During Summer?

— Is it really worth the time to visit colleges during the summer when most of the students are gone? It can be, especially if you seize the opportunity and make it your own.

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Smart Q & A: How early should I begin searching for scholarships?
Feb15

Smart Q & A: How early should I begin searching for scholarships?

QUESTION: How early can my son start working on getting scholarships. He is currently 11. ANSWER: If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Monica Matthews, our Scholarship Mom, it’s that it’s never too early to begin your scholarship search. According to Monica, there are scholarships available for all levels of students, even elementary school kids! No matter when you begin your search for scholarships, two...

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Smart Q & A: How Do I Get My App Fee Waived?
Dec30

Smart Q & A: How Do I Get My App Fee Waived?

QUESTION: How do I get my app fee waived?  ANSWER: Ask! Colleges typically have a fee-waiver policy. Search the college’s web site or contact the admissions office for details regarding qualification.  Since application fees range from $25-$75 per school, the cost to apply can add up especially if you’re applying to more than one college. It does not hurt to ask about a fee-waiver and having the application fee waived will...

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