Can Teacher Recommendations Be the
Deciding Factor in College Acceptances?

Cynthia S. West M.A., Ed.M.Blogs

Yes. College admission officials want more than data points (Class rank, GPA, test scores) to evaluate your candidacy. They want to understand you as an individual—your values, what motivates you, how you look after others, and how eager you are to learn. Therefore, to strengthen your application, here are some valuable tips about getting strong teacher recommendations written on your … Read More

What Are the Top Ten Tips for Visiting Colleges?

Cynthia S. West M.A., Ed.M.Blogs

  1) Plan ahead. Make a list of all the colleges you want to visit. Try to visit colleges near each other in the same day or weekend to minimize the amount of time you’re stuck travelling. Always check when and where tours and information sessions are. 2) Take the campus tour. While it may be the obvious thing to do, … Read More

Are There Benefits to Taking SAT Subject Tests?

Cynthia S. West M.A., Ed.M.Blogs

Absolutely: We know of three key reasons why you should: 1.  Competitive colleges recommend (and many require) that you take at least two Subject Tests. Although many colleges no longer “require” the Subject Test, but rather “recommend” them, the most competitive colleges in the country still value high test scores. So, we advise you take them in order to increase … Read More

How Do Colleges View Your Assets?

Amy Brown WaheedBlogs

The financial aid formula looks at many factors, but assets and income are heavily weighted in the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).  This month we will learn about the asset side of the formula.  As we mentioned last month, there are many “puzzle pieces” for families to review.  Even under the asset section, families often have many “puzzle pieces” to consider. In … Read More

Learn How to Avoid Parents’ #1 Mistake
When It Comes to Paying for College!

Amy Brown WaheedBlogs

We work with parents to create great award packages and avoid some of the biggest mistakes. When our clients receive the wonderful award letters we share in their joy! A Chapel Hill Family recently shared that when they received their initial financial package, they were only awarded loans. We worked with them to create an appeal that resulted in over … Read More