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How To Get Great Letters of Recommendation for College Admission

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 8, 2017 4:15:00 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Planning for College, Prepare for College

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The recommendation letter is one of the most important parts of an application – but many students give it little thought. The truth is – What gets sent to can make a huge difference in the college admission process.

Let’s go over the best ways to make sure you get recommendations that can make that difference.

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Answering Your Questions about Transferring Colleges

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 1, 2017 3:13:00 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Planning for College, Prepare for College

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The importance of planning for all aspects of college cannot be overstated. Families must ready themselves for standardized testing, applications, admissions and rejections, financial aid, personal finances, and so much more.

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Do Net Price Calculators Estimate the Real Cost of College?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 24, 2017 3:41:00 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in College Funding, Planning for College, Prepare for College

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There are countless articles about the price of a college education. Their chief subject – tuition costs.

Yet many of these articles tend to confuse college tuition cost with the net cost of college – which is what you will actually pay for an academic year. That’s one of the main reasons all U.S. colleges are now required to include a "Net Price Calculator" on their official school website.

While they’re designed to help parents and students estimate the amount of financial aid they could potentially receive from an institution (thus estimating the "net price"), the actual benefit for families is perhaps not very meaningful.

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5 New College Scholarship Frauds To Look Out For

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10, 2017 4:39:00 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in College Funding, Planning for College, Prepare for College, Scholarship Funding

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Pros and Cons for Early College Admission

[fa icon="calendar'] May 4, 2017 10:42:00 AM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Planning for College, Prepare for College

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Congratulations! You just received your acceptance letter – you're in! Or are you?

More and more colleges are issuing what are called early decision – a promise of a slot, provided certain criteria are met.

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Facts about Student Loan Debt, and How to get Help Dealing With It

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 25, 2017 1:34:00 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Prepare for College, College Funding, Student Loans

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What does $35,000 in student loan debt do to a new college graduate?

Sometimes it means living with their parents, which can seem like a financial leash to both the graduate and the parents. For most of the graduates living on their own, they have to continue living on a college budget (or tighter) just to get by without having to take out more loans.

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3 Ways to Reduce College Costs

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2017 2:38:00 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Prepare for College, Planning for College

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No matter how much you prepare for college, it's the sort of question that can keep you up night:

How can we afford college?

It's not just the ever-rising college costs, either... there's also all the attached spending. And if you have two or more children in school at the same time, the costs of going to top schools can really appear prohibitive. Today let's take a look at three of the best ways to shave tuition costs off your college bill – and make even the best schools more affordable.

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How To Pick A College That Gives You the Best Financial Aid Package

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 12, 2017 3:41:00 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in College, Prepare for College, Planning for College, Financial Aid

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I am going to tell you about something that may save you thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars on your child's education. Most families take a completely "backwards" approach when searching for financial aid money.

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8 Questions Parents Must Ask Before Applying For Financial Aid

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 5, 2017 4:44:00 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in College, Prepare for College, Planning for College, Financial Aid

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If your child is in his/her junior year of high school and hasn't started filling out their college applications, you must find out the financial aid deadlines at each college and make sure you get them in before the earliest deadline!

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The Pros and Cons of Getting AP College Credit

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 5, 2016 11:27:13 AM / by Robert Brinkman posted in AP College Credit, Prepare for College, Planning for College, College Funding

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Would saving $10,000, $20,000, or even $50,000 on your child's education interest you?

Here's a list that could potentially save you tens of thousands of dollars, and also improve your child's chances of getting into an elite college.

(Full disclosure: There are some negatives about using this strategy. This is no free ride by any means. So I want you and your family to be armed with all the facts before deciding if it's in your best interest.)

Obviously, by the title of this article it's clear the strategy I'm referring to is Advanced Placement Courses (AP Classes for short.) This is not something new.

AP classes were originally created in the 1950's in order to give motivated kids the chance to earn college credit while still in high school.

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