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Just about every college in the country will tell applicants that high school course selection is one of the most important factors in determining admissibility to college. But how many AP or honors classes should you take? Is it important to take four years of science, language, or math? And what if you’re debating between […]

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Financial aid and divorced parents

Some of the most common questions parents ask during our financial aid seminars are around divorce. Are both parents responsible to pay for college? How will schools evaluate financial need if a parent refuses to contribute? Do responsibilities change if a parent remarries? If you’ve got similar questions, Mark Kantrowitz delivers a good primer on […]

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What’s left in, and what’s left out

The Gallup Organization broke new ground when they released First, Break all the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently. Rather than set out to prove a management hypothesis, their researches spent a decade interviewing employees and managers to seek data-driven proof of what the world’s greatest managers had in common. And the most […]

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Is the negative person an opportunity?

Students, parents, counselors, teachers—most of us have had experience leading or working alongside someone who doesn’t exactly exude sunny positivity. It’s the complainer. It’s the one who’s always quick to point out why an idea won’t work. It’s the person who’s the first to place blame and the last to offer praise. As a leader, manager, […]

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Greeting vs. status reporting

Parents, imagine you’ve just gotten home after a long, trying day of work. You can’t wait to shed the stress of the day and enjoy the comparative relaxation of your home and family. Now your son or daughter walks into the room and starts hitting you with questions, like: Did you hear back from your […]

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What, who, and why?

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady closes the final scene in his new documentary, Tom vs. Time, by posing three questions: “What are we doing this for? Who are we doing this for? Why are we doing this?” He goes on to say, “You got to have the answers to those questions, and they have […]

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Which financial aid award is best?

Not all financial aid awards—or all financial aid award letters—are created equal. Financial aid can come in several forms, from free money that doesn’t need to be paid back, to loans, to work study programs. There’s no standardized way to present the award elements to families, and many colleges highlight the total amount of the […]

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No stopping you

As college decisions roll in this month, many students are experiencing a feeling they’ve never experienced before to a significant degree—failure. Getting a denial from your dream college is actually not a failure at all. You worked hard and should be commended for your efforts. But it can certainly feel like failure when all your effort and […]

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