Scholarship Mom Tip #66: Tweet Now Regret Later
Apr03

Scholarship Mom Tip #66: Tweet Now Regret Later

This week, we take a look at some actual tweets from students. If you were awarding scholarships, would any of these make you think the money was better given to someone else?

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College Travel: Make Hotel Reservations Now
Jun04

College Travel: Make Hotel Reservations Now

— Your student’s been accepted to college and is counting down the days to fall move-in. Think all your college travel planning days are over? Not quite yet! Some key dates are on the horizon. Plan your travel early for these key events and book hotels now!

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Golf & Campus Visits: Of Course
Mar01

Golf & Campus Visits: Of Course

When planning college tours, make time for a round of golf with the family. You’ll find award-winning collegiate golf courses throughout the country! Let’s check out 8 holes…

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Student Reflections: College Tours & College Decisions
Jul28

Student Reflections: College Tours & College Decisions

  From the editor: During CampusChat on July 25, 2012, I posted the question:  If you were choosing a college to attend yourself, what would you do differently today? Zach Richards, who had joined CampusChat for the first time that evening, took the question to heart and, after some reflection, decided to launch a blog about his college journey.   Zach is entering his senior year in Sports Management at Southern New Hampshire University. He is president of the Sports Management Club at SNHU, an intern for the Fisher Cats and a residential advisor. During CampusChat he advocated living on campus and getting involved with student organizations and activities. It's certainly worked well for Zach! We are pleased to have been the inspiration for Zach's blog: zrichards: learning through experience and then sharing and the post: If you were applying to college today what would you do differently? .   We'd love to hear your thoughts on what you would have done differently during your college search years, too! Please post a comment here or on our Facebook...

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College Planning with Suddenly Frugal Mom Leah Ingram
Apr10

College Planning with Suddenly Frugal Mom Leah Ingram

Leah Ingram, founder of Suddenly Frugal, approaches college planning for her kids with the same level of practicality she delivers in her books, videos, and web site.  Through every step of the college admissions process, she zeros on what's important now. In the interview below, Leah shares her approach for guiding her teen daughters through this process. SCV: When did you begin touring colleges with your kids? Leah: We started the process early, in the sophomore year of high school, so that by the end of the summer before her junior year, she <the oldest> had seen most all of the schools that interested her.  SCV: It's been said “You shouldn't judge a college by its tour guide.” Do you agree? Leah: Oh, I disagree entirely. This person has been chosen to represent the college. If I meet a bad tour guide, I think “ If this is the best you can do, then no way.” SCV: What questions do you ask on a college visit? Leah: I always ask these three questions: What is the sophomore retention rate? If you give merit aid, is it for this year only? What standard do you hold the student to? SCV: Which standardized tests did your daughter take and what role did test scores play in college selection? Leah: My daughter took the SAT as a junior in October and the ACT in the early part of this year with the understanding that her scores would affect the schools she would target.  SCV: There are some who say test scores should not be a factor with respect to where a student visits or sets their sites. What's your take on this? Leah: That's absolutely ridiculous. Whatever means the college is using to measure the student, you have to comply. If the student is not willing to do the work required, then why are you looking at these schools?  SCV: How does the cost of college factor into college selection? Leah: That's family specific. You have to ask yourself: “Are you the kind of parent who is going to pay for college no matter what the expense?” After you know the answer to this question, have this convo with your child by the time the teen is a junior in high school.  SCV: What's the frugal approach to paying for college? Leah: If you're too late to save money via a 529 plan or you make too much money to qualify for financial aid, it may be time to “start living on less.”  If both parents work, start banking one salary. Get used to living on one salary. If you have to...

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College Visits Break Down Barriers
Nov10

College Visits Break Down Barriers

Z. Kelly Queijo I often write about the value of visiting a college campus in person. From the tactile to the practical, the reasons to experience campus on a personal and individual level are many, but one reason I have not addressed until now is this: visiting campus is the only way to break down perceived barriers.  Did you hear that College X has terrible food? Or, that the students are apathetic and lack school spirit? Do you think that because of a northern location, the area gets more snow than you (or your parents) want to deal with? Has the school been portrayed in the media in a way that left a negative impression on you?  How will you let one story, one tweet, one wall post or one other person's opinion affect what you think about a particular college campus? Shouldn't you go see the college for yourself? Getting an education is, after all, about learning what you don't know–right? Perhaps your college education really begins with the campus visit.  Related College Visit Reading The 5 Minute Rule: Finding Truth in the College Visit Student-to-Student: Questions to ask on a College Visit Top 10 Questions for the Undecided...

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