College Admissions

How to Determine Your Target SAT/ACT Score

Though it’s tempting to simply say you want to score “as high as possible” on your college admissions exam, a target score will help you determine how much of your limited time and energy you devote to test preparations. So how should you determine you target score? There are several factors to consider: 1) What [...]

By | 2018-05-01T13:08:41+00:00 April 27th, 2018|ACT, College Admissions, SAT, Test Prep|0 Comments

How Many AP Classes Should You Take?

If you’re a high school student choosing classes for next year, an important question is how many Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes you should take. For years, the answer to this question was, “More!” The number of students taking AP classes has doubled in the past ten years, and also doubled in the ten [...]

By | 2018-04-11T17:17:32+00:00 April 13th, 2018|College Admissions, High School, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Legacy Admissions and College Acceptance Rates

As top schools become more and more competitive, many people have been scrutinizing the practice of legacy admissions, which means giving preferential treatment to children and close relatives of alumni. There’s good reason for this attention: Harvard’s 2017 survey shows that 29% of its incoming freshman class are legacy students. Other Ivy League and highly [...]

By | 2018-03-08T16:43:12+00:00 March 30th, 2018|College Admissions|0 Comments

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

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

Tomorrow’s SAT and a Few Words of Advice

This guest post was written by BHHS College Counselor Casey Rowley and originally appeared on her blog  www.collegecounselorrowley.com.     Best of luck to my students taking the SAT tomorrow! I have two categories of things to consider. Category #1 – Preparing for the day of and Category #2 – The weight of the SAT Preparing [...]

By | 2018-02-01T16:29:27+00:00 October 6th, 2017|College Admissions, High School, SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments