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1. Get Your Essential Timeline and Checklist for the College Search so you know what steps to tackle next!

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3. Get help right now with the College Visit Toolkit to help you navigate college visits this spring!

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Colleges are great at saying, “We have hundreds of scholarships available!” But that just provokes more questions: What is need-based financial aid? How do scholarships work?

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Ask the Admission Office

The college search process is so exciting! But it can give you a little tummy trouble, too.  Here’s everything you need to know about college visits from a parent’s perspective.

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Build Lasting Relationships

Building lasting relationships is the key to a successful college experience. And it starts the minute your child sets foot on campus. Did you know that building relationships can also impact your college money outcomes?

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Hi! I’m Melissa.

My goal is to help you along the college journey with one goal in mind: To simplify it.

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I’m a longtime admission professional, personal finance writer, editor, wife and parent of two (very!) busy kiddos. 

I hatched my site after listening to hundreds of families’ needs and wants, trekking to dozens of college fairs. I know I have the solution to your head-scratching questions.

I know the college visit process can get simpler.

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Do You Have to Decline Admission to Colleges? 

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