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If now is the time to send your student to college, and you realize how much things have changed since you went, don't worry.

This site will bring you up to speed immediately and give you tips on how to help your children get into the college of their choosing. You'll find a Quick Overview of College Admissions part one here and a Quick Overview of College Admissions part2 on this link.

If you're thinking ahead, as you should be, you can get An Early Start for Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors here. Take advantage of the time before your child is a senior by preparing now.

I know some people haven't thought about it and some people don't want to think about it, whichever the case, here's how to get started on saving for your child's education. You're Never to Late to Save for College will give you some helpful insights.

The essay is probably the most important paper in the college admissions package. In The Winning College Essay, discover how to start and what to write about.

Do you know what to look for in a winning college admissions essay? How to Edit Your Child's Admission Essay, gives you the tips that get their "best" foot forward.

As a parent, one of the most important things you can do is let your child choose where to go. Read this to find out why it's important to let your child choose their own school.
  Kaplan is well know for helping students score high on their SAT's.
This insightful guide takes you and your teen from freshman year to the college admissions process. Loaded with practical advice, High School 411 provides information and direction on the most common concerns facing high school teens and their parents. High School 411 is your all-in-one information source on how to get the most out of high school and successfully lay the groundwork for college.


Important Information On What Classes To Take;
An In-depth Explanation of High School Grades and What They Mean;
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High School Academic Planning Calendar & Study Plan;
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And we don't stop here. Have your child search this site, as we have some very useful information for them, too.

The links in this section, will help you on your tests. Look here to get an inside look before your test date.

The biggest mistake people make in life is NOT
making a living at doing what they most enjoy.

   - Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990)

MAPP™-(Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential) The fastest way to identify your career direction, learning style and motivation.
  • Understanding Passions
    • MAPP™ helps students understand their passions, recognize their gifts, and develop their talents for satisfying careers.
  • Effective Guidance
    • Our work with job seekers, recruiters and educators shows us that MAPP™ is an effective selection tool. Our Student Program provides the support educators need in schools for career guidance and class selection.
  • A Career Path for Success
    • The MAPP™ Student Career Appraisal pinpoints careers that match a student's motivations. The Learning Styles Analysis helps students recognize the educational path at which they can be most successful.
  • The Circle of Community Support
    • With your support, the MAPP™ Student Program can provide the schools of your community with new tools to guide students to satisfying careers. With clarified goals, students do better in school. Successful students, guided by MAPP™, go on to jobs that provide satisfaction and seem more like hobbies than work. These are the people who become strong contributors to your community.
  • How Businesses Can Help
    • If you would like to sponsor a school or district in your area please contact us. Your involvement in providing career tools will help students in your community learn about your business and job opportunities. We will work with you to create job profiles for students to match their MAPP™ results to, so they can conduct career exploration against your jobs. This is a great way to educate young people about careers in their community.
  • Hiring with MAPP™
    • Businesses often add MAPP™ to their hiring process to help them make informed hiring decisions. We can create job profiles and matching reports, along with the personalized appraisals of various candidates.

If you need a list of colleges in each state to help in your decisions, The List Of American Colleges site will be a great help to you. Here you will be able to search for colleges by the school name or see a list of schools in a particular state. A very helpful link.

Kid's, I know you've been talking to your parents, siblings and friends and I'm sure they are all giving you advice. One thing that I know most people don't think about is what happens when you choose the *wrong* college. Why I Wish I Had Chosen Better, will give some insight to not only making the right choice, but why it is so important to go to the school best suited to your education and background.

We offer a unique strategy for deciding *how many* and *which types* of colleges to apply to. The Neapolitan Approach to choosing Colleges will certainly help you narrow your searches. This area will also get you headed in the right direction and reduce second guessing.

Do you know what to look for when you visit a college? Most people don't! So, when you've read through How To Make The Most Out Of College Visits, I'm sure you'll be a pro. Yes, this is all going to take some time. Just remember, you only do this once. We're here trying to make it as memorable as possible and also show you how to have some fun. The last section deals with what to do while you're away at school. No skipping ahead, though!

Financial Aid is just that. A way to help pay for the education. It doesn't matter whether you have enough money or not, there is always help. The most basic is getting good grades and receiving a scholarship. And if that's not the case, don't worry. If you really want to get there, you will. All the following information will help you toward this end:

Here's Some Help On Understanding What Everything Means

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. . . Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.

J.W. von Goethe


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Before I start this section, I want to be aware of two government help sites. The first is Funding Education Beyond High School - The Guide to Federal Student Aid. The second is Students.gov and lists over seventy pages of education money and its availability.

Financial Aid and Scholarships: Finding The Money You Will Need

  • Why should I spend time looking for a scholarship when the college financial aid office will just take away that same amount of scholarships that they have awarded to me?
    • You are your own best champion. If you go with your advisor in the financial aid office at your college, quite often the college will substitute your institutional scholarship with a private scholarship. Inquire if the college can use your newly found scholarship with half scholarship and half student loan. By doing this, the college money will be able to go to someone else and part of your loan is lowered.
  • If I am a junior in high school, am I too early to start searching for private scholarships?
    • Now is the time to do some in-depth research! Start searching everywhere to find out where the most money is. If you're not sure what your college major will be, find out what field will be able to give you the most monetary help. If this field isn't your first choice, double major, so you will be able to qualify!
  • If my major is not offered at any state colleges where I live, does it mean that I have to go to a higher cost private college?
    • Write your state scholarship board and inquire if they participate in any programs that allow students to study out-of-state for in-state tuition. Even though these programs are not scholarships, they can save a student many dollars every year! WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) includes the states of AK, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT and WY. WICHE is located in Colorado at P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752 or call: 303/541-0210. The states that participate in the Academic Common Market are: AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV. You may request information at: Southern Regional Educational Board, 592 10th Street, Atlanta, GA 30218.
  • Are all the scholarships from the private sector for college freshmen only?
    • No. All levels of college, including postgraduate study, offer fellowships, scholarships, work study programs, and low interest education loans. A student must go through the process for every year of college, just like your Federal financial aid. There are some programs that renew automatically. Remember to do your research!
  • Is there a reason for doing all this research if it won't pay for all my college education, even if I get a scholarship?
    • You are right. In most cases, you will not get 100% free money. Your financial aid will be a total from all the self-help and gift aid programs. The private sector scholarship may bring you that extra $500 or $2,500 that you need. All this searching, though, will definitely help increase your financial aid award package.
  • Is there anything that I should be doing to get ready to research and hunt down financial aid for my college?
    • Number one, it is never too early to think about what you want to do and how you can apply that when looking at colleges, majors or scholarship programs. Many scholarship programs ask you to write about your goals and your major. It may be hard for you to articulate all this at the age of 14 to 17. If you think about what you like, you may be able to focus that into a college major or at least in the general area of a college major. You might want to look at the Career Personality Test on this site to match your personality to a career.
  • What are the key factors when applying for private sector funds?
    • First, start early and stay focused. Once you find sources to pursue, get organized. Check to see that you qualify for the initial criteria. Remember, do not apply for a scholarship for which you know you don't qualify.

Most scholarship programs look for students who have set their goals and are going to take college seriously. They want to know that their money is being well spent.

There is a great concern regarding the amount of student loan debt our new graduates are carrying today. Knowing this, a high school student should research the student loan forgiveness programs (loan assistance repayment programs) that are available for their major. Some colleges and state agencies offer programs. Corporations are beginning to consider student loan repayment as an employee benefit. It helps with your repayment planning to know that this assistance is available in your career.

Ask your school guidance counselors, friends and any previous employer to write letters of reference for you.

Get some help and write a resume. Be sure to include everything in your life that you have accomplished - school, work, community service, sports, clubs, etc. Anything that may be exceptional about yourself and your accomplishments, should surely be included. Check to see if your parents belong to any organizations that offer scholarships. If there are extenuating family financial circumstances, write an explanation. Some students have to work to help with family finances. This should be explained. Take time to be neat, accurate and creative.

Make sure that you sign and date everything!

After you've mailed your application packet, follow up with a phone call or short note to verify its arrival. Please, do not leave anything to chance.

Make a chart to track all of the applications that you submit, as well as all additional required documents. It's easier than trying to remember everything.

To help you in your search for college scholarship funds, I want to tell you about another extremely helpful site. . .


FastWeb.com, the Internet's leading scholarship search service, helps students make the decisions that shape their lives: choosing a college, paying for college and finding jobs during and after college.

Everyone who visits here should sign up. It's all free, extremely helpful, and they let you know about currently available scholarships by email.

Recommended by more than 16,000 guidance counselors and financial aid officers, FastWeb.com is the most trusted college resource on the Web. Last year, one of three college-bound high school seniors used the site, and more than 15 million students have used FastWeb.com since its launch in 1995.

For additional scholarship search pages, click these links:

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Are you worried about choosing the wrong career? Have you ever considered that your personality has a lot to do with whether or not you succeed in life? Do you want to know the best career choices for your particular personality traits? Then check out Match Your Personality to Your Career and discover what many people take a lifetime to realize, now, before you head off to college.

I want to thank you for taking the time to read through this information. Now for a little fun. You might want to find out how others really see you. Find out by taking The Ultimate Personality Test. Are you a good parent? Discover your parenting style with Tickle Model Parent Test. This sight has a bunch of fun, discovery type tests your whole family will enjoy. Try them all.

Take action right now. Tomorrow never comes.
What you don't do in this moment, most likely you'll never do at all.

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