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Putting It Together: The Complicated Math of Financial Aid Packages

If you are a top student and you play the financial aid game right, you could end up with multiple sources of free money: a needs-based grant, a merit scholarship from the school, and/or outside scholarships. The way your school combines these aid sources can be more important than the numbers themselves. It’s important to [...]

Free Money for School! Tips for Applying for Private Scholarships

When I was a high school student (a long, long time ago), I knew that affording college was going to be a challenge for my family. Because of this, I paid careful attention to our school’s scholarship bulletin—which, at the time, was a paper posted on a bulletin board—and applied for numerous private scholarships, starting [...]

Maximizing Your Aid, Minimizing Your Costs: Need-Based Grants and Merit Scholarships

The FAFSA and Profile (discussed in these previous posts: Part 1 and Part 2) will determine your family’s financial need and “Expected Family Contribution” (EFC), but it’s up to the school and the government to determine how much you actually pay. Government Grants Certain forms of government student aid, such as Pell Grants and Cal [...]

By | 2018-02-09T15:33:49+00:00 February 16th, 2018|College Admissions, Financial Aid, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Make $5000 an Hour, Part 2: “Net Price” Versus “Sticker Price”

If you look at the sticker price of most top universities, college costs a fortune. But if you are smart about applying for need and merit-based financial aid, it might not be that bad…or at least it might only cost a small fortune. In our last blog post, we discussed the FAFSA and CSS Profile. [...]

By | 2018-02-01T12:49:58+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|College Admissions, Financial Aid, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Make $5000 an Hour: The FAFSA and CSS Profile

If you or your child is currently in the midst of college applications, you’re aware that the sticker price of college is getting higher and higher. The good news is that there is financial aid available to those who qualify, and even relatively affluent families might be eligible. Even if you think getting aid is [...]

By | 2018-02-01T15:48:51+00:00 January 19th, 2018|College Admissions, Financial Aid|0 Comments

What is the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT10)?

The Stanford Achievement Test (SAT10) is a standardized test designed by Pearson to measure the academic progress of students from kindergarten to grade 12. It is also used as an admissions test at a few schools, such as Immaculate Heart (middle school only). There is a different test for each grade-level to measure the appropriate [...]

By | 2018-01-05T12:56:50+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Independent School Admissions|0 Comments

How to Get the Most Out of a Ten Hour Tutoring Package

Families consider many factors when choosing a tutoring package: time commitment, availability, the test date for test prep, and finances. For some families, a ten-hour tutoring package is the best choice, even when a lot of material needs to be covered. The good news is that you can make significant progress with just ten hours [...]

By | 2017-11-21T17:47:31+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|High School, Test Prep|0 Comments

Should You Guess on Standardized Tests?

Yes, you should (probably) guess! Now that the New SAT, PSAT, and AP tests have abolished their guessing penalties, the short answer is “yes.” The long answer is still what it was before: it depends on the test. Very few tests today, however, penalize random guesses. A notable exception is the SSAT, a test required [...]

By | 2017-11-21T17:37:55+00:00 December 8th, 2017|HSPT, ISEE, PSAT, SAT, SAT Tips, SSAT, Test Prep|0 Comments

CHSPE vs. GED: What’s the Difference?

CHSPE vs. GED: What’s the Difference? For individuals in California who wish to receive a certificate of high school equivalency—technically equal to that of a diploma—passing the GED (General Education Diploma) test and the CHSPE (California High School Proficiency Exam) will serve the same function. There are, however, some important differences between the tests. “Early [...]

By | 2017-11-14T16:07:30+00:00 November 24th, 2017|CHSPE|0 Comments

Receiving Accommodations in College

Receiving Accommodations in College The transition from high school to college, while exciting, can have its share of challenges. These challenges are often magnified if you are a student with a learning disability and/or ADHD. The good news is that, as in high school, you have legal protections and will likely be eligible for accommodations [...]

By | 2018-03-13T12:08:09+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Accommodations, College Admissions, Uncategorized|0 Comments