Understanding Financial Aid Award Letters – Part 3

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This is the third and final of a multi-part article that provides clear steps to determining your families out of pocket expenses for a college once you have viewed that school’s financial aid award offer. Now that you understand how a college awards your financial aid, as well as the different types of aid offered, [...]

Understanding Financial Aid Award Letters – Part 2

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*This is the second of a multi-part article that provides clear steps to determining your families out of pocket expenses for a college once you have viewed that school’s financial aid award offer. There is no standard format to a financial aid award letter. Schools may or may not include the Cost of Attendance. They [...]

Understanding Financial Aid Award Letters – Part 1

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*This is a multi-part article that provides clear steps to determining your families out of pocket expenses to a college once you have viewed your school’s financial aid award offer. At this time, most students should have completed their FAFSA and any other financial aid forms required from the colleges they applied to or are [...]

College Bound: Understanding the Importance of AP Classes, Exams

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As students begin planning their course selections for next year, families need to understand the full importance of taking AP classes. AP classes are college-level courses, normally taught at high school. They offer a challenging curriculum, which gives students a taste of college level coursework. Courses are offered in a variety of areas – English, [...]

Are AP Courses Worth the Effort?

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As students begin planning their course selections for next year, families need to understand the full importance of taking AP classes. AP classes are college-level courses, normally taught at the high school, that offer a challenging curriculum which gives students a taste of college level coursework. Courses are offered in a several areas of English, [...]

College Bound: High School Kids Need to Make Summer Plans

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Though it’s still technically the middle of winter, it’s actually the perfect time to start planning for summer. For high school students, it would help if that plan included some type of academic focus. Colleges look for students that take the initiative to further pursue their academic interests. Students should find ways to enhance their [...]

College Bound: Public School Juniors Need to Prepare for ACT Test

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All N.C. public school juniors will take the ACT test at their home school on March 5. This is one of the two admissions exams required to gain entrance to college. The other is the SAT. The ACT is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States. Last year, the number of [...]

Start Planning for Summer Now!

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Though it’s still technically the middle of winter, it’s actually the perfect time to start planning for summer. For high school students, it would help if that plan included some type of academic focus. Colleges look for students that take the initiative to further pursue their academic interests. Students should find ways to enhance their [...]

Don’t Forget to Complete the CSS Profile!

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While most parents and students are aware of the need to complete a FAFSA form in order to receive financial aid, many often overlook the additional CSS/Profile that is required by many private, and some public universities. Unlike the FAFSA, the CSS/Profile is a way to provide non-federal funds to students by way of grants [...]

Should you be Filing a FAFSA?

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It’s the new year and for parents of high school seniors and college-aged kids, it signifies the arrival of this year’s FAFSA. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is the tool that helps determine a family’s eligibility for federal grants, loans and work [...]