College Admissions

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     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

The Pros and Cons of Retaking a Standardized Test

After working through a grueling standardized admissions test, the moment of judgement arrives when you get your scores. If you got the score you were hoping for, congratulations! You can now focus your time and energy on the rest of the admissions process. If your score is much lower than you’d hoped, however, you have [...]

Where Should I Apply to College? [Casey Rowley Guest Post]

Schools are starting back up and this guest post by BHHS College Counselor Casey Rowley spells out guidelines of what to focus on this year when it comes to college applications.     If you ask anyone where they went to college and the path they took to get where they are today you will [...]

By | 2017-06-30T00:36:14+00:00 August 14th, 2017|College Admissions, High School, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Preparing for the New SAT: A Step-by-Step Guide

  1) Decide which test to take Though this post is called “Preparing for the New SAT,” the first step is to decide whether the SAT or ACT is a better choice, since colleges accept either one. The best way to tell is to take a full diagnostic test for each and look at your [...]