Think You Shouldn’t File a FAFSA? 8 Financial Aid Myths Keeping Money From Your Pocket
Sep30

Think You Shouldn’t File a FAFSA? 8 Financial Aid Myths Keeping Money From Your Pocket

According to NerdScholar, high school graduates in the U.S. left more than $2.9 billion in free federal grant money unused over the last academic year. How is that even possible? According to the study, their only mistake was not completing the FAFSA.

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Parent College Coach Tip #17: Don’t Waste the Summer
May23

Parent College Coach Tip #17: Don’t Waste the Summer

Colleges are looking for well-rounded students, and summer is the best time to beef up the resume; not only for college applications, but scholarship applications as well. And you’ll have an answer for the classic, “I’m bored!”

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Takeaway Tweets & Transcript from #CampusChat with Suzanne Shaffer on Paying Less for College

CampusChat #38 was loaded with great tips on how to reduce the cost of paying for a college education. Key contributors were Suzanne Shaffer, founder of Parents Countdown to College Coach and Paul Hemphill, founder of PreCollegePrep. Recently, Paul hosted a webinar on paying less for college. It is available for viewing through February 1. Thank you to all who participated. Everyone seem to have great tips on saving money. Here are the takeaway tweets and transcript. Enjoy!...

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How to Pay Less for College – Tonight on #CampusChat

Suzanne Shaffer, founder of Parents Countdown to College Coach, will co-host #CampusChat with me tonight. She'll lead our discussion on how to pay less for college. Join us tonight at 9pm, Eastern, 8 Central, on Twitter. Follow/join the conversation by using the hashtag "#CampusChat."  If you have questions you'd like to us to cover, please post them in the comments section on this post.  For more information about CampusChat, see: What is CampusChat? Twitter Tools for #CampusChat You are invited to follow Suzanne on Twitter @SuzanneShaffer and Smart College Visit @collegevisit. To read contributions Suzanne has made on our site, click here. ...

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CampusChat: Six Best College Tips from Expert Guests

#CampusChat is an online chat that takes place on Wednesday evenings from 9-10 pm, Eastern. With six weeks of chats now under our belt, there has been a steady stream of tips and advice flowing from the fingertips of our expert guests. Here are some of the best tips and how they apply to college admissions and academic success. Best tip for to manage the influx of e-mailed information from colleges and universities: Set up an individual email account for all college correspondence and make it professional. Avoid cutesy names such as "[email protected]" Parents and Teens: share the password to the account. It can be very helpful to have more than one set of eyes reviewing the information sent by colleges. (Suzanne Shaffer, Parents Countdown to College Coach) Best college visit tip: "Do not visit your first college choice first." (From Eric Yaverbaum, author of Life's Little College Admissions Insights: Top Tips from the Country's Most Acclaimed Guidance Counselors*) Best SAT test prep tip: Read every day. The worst thing you can is not read everyday. (Jenn Cohen, founder Word-Nerd, SAT vocab prep program) Also, check out the College Board's recommended reading list for excellent choices in summer (anytime) reading material:  http://bit.ly/dpy3pk. Best tip for the role academic planning plays during college search: Look up grad rates on collegeresults.org then, ask schools how they are trying to improve. Four-year graduation rate is 38%;  six-year rate equals roughly 60% at US college and universities. (Christina McIntyre, founder BecomeAlum) Best tip for students enrolled in college (and for those enrolling soon): Definition of a "koofer" – an old test or study guide (Koofers were once stored in coffers). A koofer makes a terrific study guide. (Michael Rihani, co-founder, Koofers, a resource for academic support, providing materials and planning resources to college students) And, the best tip for parents, teens, and college admissions offices: Second to the college visit, peer influence plays the greatest role in deciding where to go to school. (According to parents of newly accepted teens and first participants in #CampusChat: Eileen Paulin and Tom Field) Next #CampusChat: Wednesday, 9 PM ET with guest @WilliamPaid. The topic will be living on a college student's budget – managing rent and building...

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CampusChat Wrap-up and Winners

Wrap-up The topic for the May 12th #CampusChat on Twitter was The When & How of the College Admissions Process. Suzanne Shaffer, founder of Parents Countdown to College Coach, was the guest speaker. A ten-year veteran as a college coach and mother of two successful college graduates, Suzanne shared tips for planning and staying organized throughout the college admissions process which she says should start in the 9th grade. We all had our favorite take-away tips, mine was this: SuzanneShaffer: @collegevisit set up an email account for ALL college correspondence (and make it professional) not [email protected] ! #campuschat Click here to view the full transcript and follow other college admissions experts and parents who contributed to #CampusChat. Winners Congratulations to parents of college-bound teens: @skimanilow and @kesloane, winners of the #CampusChat give-away! Each winner will receive Organization: The Key to a Successful College Admissions Process. Developed by Suzanne for ParentsCountdowntoCollegeCoach, this CD provides parents and teens with a suggested filing system, along with templates and forms to help with the organization process. You're invited to follow Suzanne on Twitter: @SuzanneShaffer for more information for parents and teens on navigating the college admissions...

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