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: Is Optional SAT really Optional?
Jun01

Smart Q & A: Is Optional SAT really Optional?

QUESTION (via Twitter): from: @suddenlyfrugal Admissions officer told us optional question on common app isn’t optional. So are SATs really optional at SAT-optional schools? ANSWER: by: Jeannie Borin, M.Ed. , founder of College-Connections The word “optional” regarding college essays and test optional colleges is a choice.  However, it is recommended to complete any optional college essays.  Admission officers are...

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Smart Q & A: Is it Better to Apply “Undecided” or Declare a Major?
Jun21

Smart Q & A: Is it Better to Apply “Undecided” or Declare a Major?

Smart Q & A is a new service on SmartCollegeVisit where readers submit a question related to college visits or the college admissions process and we’ll have an expert advisor provide an answer. To kick things off, Christina McIntyre, associate director for University Honors at Virginia Tech, founder of BecomeAlum, and president of Innovative Academic Solutions, answers questions related to academic planning. What’s...

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