Free and Low Cost Resources for Raising Your SAT and ACT Scores

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In the wake of the college admissions scandal involving the Key World Wide Foundation and dozens of parents who resorted to bribery as a means of raising their children’s test scores and securing admission to universities I, along with the entire team at LA Tutors, feel called to say: there are so many ethical and…

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Putting It Together: The Complicated Math of Financial Aid Packages

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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…

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Free Money for School! Tips for Applying for Private Scholarships

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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…

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

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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…

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The Pros and Cons of Retaking a Standardized Test

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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…

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