Knowing your plate is full, make that over-flowing, when it comes to keeping up resources that will help your students succeed, we’ve selected the best blog posts and links to resources you can download (for free) and share with your students. If your school does not already link to SmartCollegeVisit.com on your college, career or parent portal, please email the link to our site to your school’s IT admin (http://www.smartcollegevisit.com).
About Smart College Visit (SCV): Smart College Visit works with accredited 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities, college admissions professionals and counselors to deliver top quality information, tools and resources for college-bound teens and their parents. The SCV blog contains over 900 posts featuring campus visit tips and stories, question guides, test prep tips, application tips and more.
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It’s easy to find a hotel near campus! Search by either name of the college or university, or enter the name of the city you plan to visit. ...read more
How far would you move to find your new college home?read more
While being deferred from your first-choice early action or early decision application can be upsetting, take heart. These do’s and don’ts will help the deferred student.read more
With spring comes college visits and college interviews. The impression a college gets of your student will affect their admission decision. Dressing for success is so much more than the clothes your student wears.read more
Without strong parenting and some tough love, your student might make some illogical college choices: going after a name, following a boyfriend/girlfriend, or choosing a college because it’s a party school. Be strong and remember that you are the parent…read more
Major in truth, justice, and the American way! The University of New Haven offers National Security Studies through the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences. Be one of the good guys (white hat optional).read more
It doesn’t matter which side of the political aisle you are on in this Presidential election, your teen can learn some valuable lessons about life, responsibility and outcomes.read more
Students need to view the scholarship essay as an opportunity to set themselves apart from the many other applicants.read more
by Suzanne Shafer, Parent Editor If you have a college-bound teen you’re well aware of the cost of college – it’s high. In a 2013 story in Business Week, one graduate confessed she had given up on her student loan debt of $186,000. She is not alone. With the nation struggling under a $1 trillion student debt crisis, stories like hers are nothing uncommon. For the first time ever, the national student loan default rate exceeds the credit card delinquency rate, and so long as student loans remain one of the few types of debt that can’t be...read more
It’s easy to apply SMART. Try these easy tips to improve your chances of winning more money for college.read more
Brrrr! It’s getting chilly outside! The bright green leaves of summer are changing into brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. Many people are remembering frosty mornings walking across their alma mater’s campus. Do you remember the crunch of autumn leaves or smell of windy fall day? We do! But what school is the most beautiful in the fall? Maybe it is a New England school? Or perhaps a campus in the mountains of the Southeast? Does a Rocky Mountain school take the cake when it comes to the most perfect fall postcard? The First...read more
What are your scholarship odds when applying for college scholarships? If you apply for none, then your odds are ZERO. Applying is worth it!read more
Many students are not yet thinking of applying for college scholarships, so these awards typically will have fewer applicants. Get a head-start on the competition and apply, apply, apply!read more
by Suzanne Shafer, Parent Editor Starting tomorrow (October 1), students can file their FAFSA form and be first in line for financial aid. Misunderstandings about financial aid can lead to missed opportunities. According to a study last year by 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. Here are 8 myths that might be preventing you from claiming...read more
by Monica Matthews, Scholarship Editor In last week’s tip, I shared how scholarships are not just for high school students, but also for current college students. (Read that post here.) This week, as promised, I share how to find current college student scholarships. Students can win scholarships all through their college career and here are several methods of finding them: • Visiting the website of their college • Stopping by their college financial aid office • On bulletin boards all across campus • In the offices of their professors, just...read more
The FAFSA Show is a must-see for anyone interested in money for college. Don’t miss it! It’s the most important thing you can do for college money.read more