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How Long Do Admissions Officers Read Applications?
How long do admissions officers read applications? More specifically, how much time do admissions officers spend on each application? You may wonder who sees your child's application, how long they look at it and how they make a final decision. The short answer...
What Does Room and Board Include in College and What Will it Cost?
When you're taking a look at the full costs of college, room and board happens to be part of the cost of attendance. But what is room and board, exactly? What does room and board include in college? How does it fit into the overall costs? These are great questions....
Automating College Savings: The Secret Key to Education Financial Planning
I can count on two hands and all of my toes (and beyond) the number of people who sat in my office and said, "I wish I'd saved more for college." I spent 12 years in college admission, and during this time, I heard hundreds of situations — families who had regularly...
37 Best Side Hustle Ideas for Moms of College-Bound Kids in 2022
College tuition costs continue to rise. Parents often struggle to manage the costs even with substantial financial aid, and students are (justifiably) fearful of the debt they’ll amass trying to pay their own way. The hope of...
Private vs. Federal Student Loans for College: What’s the Difference?
Many students require financial support through a third party to fund their education. The financial help might come from a scholarship, from you (thanks, Mom!) or student loans. Confused between private vs federal student loans for college? Worried you'll make...