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January 2, 2024

New Year, New Goals. Creating 2024 College Planning Goals

It’s a New Year! We often associate the New Year with making resolutions and goals to make ourselves better in some way for the coming year. It can be fun, and challenging, to commit to a goal and follow through. This year, we thought it would be helpful to encourage setting goals around college planning. […]

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New Year, New Goals.  Creating 2024 College Planning Goals

January 2, 2024

New Year, New Goals. Creating 2024 College Planning Goals

It’s a New Year! We often associate the New Year with making resolutions and goals to make ourselves better in some way for the coming year. It can be fun, and challenging, to commit to a goal and follow through. This year, we thought it would be helpful to encourage setting goals around college planning. […]

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Best Kept Secret in College Admissions: Developing a Strong Resume

February 22, 2024

Best Kept Secret in College Admissions: Developing a Strong Resume

A college resume is similar to the professional resume adults use. Although most high school students have yet to hold professional jobs before graduating, if they have followed our advice, they have accrued service hours, extracurricular achievements, and maybe an internship or two. The college resume is the perfect place to highlight those experiences. The […]

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You’ve Been Accepted to College! Now What?

February 13, 2024

You’ve Been Accepted to College! Now What?

After months of college research, campus visits, writing essays, and completing applications, admission decisions have started rolling in.  Seniors should feel a sense of relief knowing they have several options for the Fall. However, when students receive acceptance letters from multiple schools, they might begin to feel overwhelmed and scared the decision they make will […]

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New Graduation Requirement for NJ High School Students

January 28, 2024

New Graduation Requirement for NJ High School Students

On January 16, 2024, Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill (A1181/S2054) to make completion of a financial aid application form a prerequisite to graduation for public high school and charter school students. What You Need to Know This new requirement will commence with the Class of 2025 (current high school juniors) and remain in effect […]

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Does Class Selection Matter? Of Course It Does.

December 1, 2023

Does Class Selection Matter? Of Course It Does.

Every student knows the dread that comes with enrolling for new classes. There’s the hassle of trying to figure out which classes match graduation requirements and which classes a person’s friends are in. Then there’s the baggage that comes with preparing for college. Which classes are going to look best on an application? Is it […]

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What the New FAFSA Means For You

November 3, 2023

What the New FAFSA Means For You

The FAFSA  The FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This federal form is often intimidating to families who have never completed it because it is the sole form determining government financial aid eligibility for the 17 million or so students in colleges and universities in the United States. The results of the […]

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It’s All About the Money: Understanding College Scholarships

October 4, 2023

It’s All About the Money: Understanding College Scholarships

College is expensive—that much is obvious. According to the Education Data Initiative, the average cost for a student to go to a four-year college out of state can range from $44,000 to $55,000 per year. And each year the cost of tuition for public and private colleges goes up. Faced with these mounting costs, scholarships […]

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Three Reasons To Start Your College Resume… Now!

September 20, 2023

Three Reasons To Start Your College Resume… Now!

Everyone is familiar with the resume. It’s a short overview of a person’s job history, accomplishments, and skills meant to help them apply for a job opening, scholarship, or program. What many don’t realize is that the resume is just as important in applying to college as it is applying to a full-time job. While […]

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Junior Year Through the eyes of a Class 101 Student!

September 6, 2023

Junior Year Through the eyes of a Class 101 Student!

If you would have asked me two years ago, what my plan was for college application season, I would have probably replied with a shrug. Like many freshmen students, going into high school, I had absolutely no clue what to do when it came to college applications. Being an only child, I did not have […]

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