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Category: College Prep

What to Expect When Preparing for College

Over the past 20 years, secondary education has garnered the perception of being a necessary next step, as opposed to an option for furthering one’s education. As more graduated from universities, more employers began requiring college degrees from applicants (whether the job required a degree or not). The current reality is, unless you have a specific trade or specialized vocation in mind, you’ll need a college degree to be competitive in the workforce. So, how do you make that happen? Getting into the school of your choice is likely a process that will begin years before you finish high...

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Decorate Your Dorm Room on a Budget: 7 Tips to Help You Save Money as You Enter College

We’re closing in on that time of year again:  back to school! As the fall semester approaches and you’re getting your belongings together to move into a dorm room or a new apartment, you probably stop and ask yourself at some point, “How am I going to decorate my room?” You’ll probably come up with an elaborate plan and then realize you don’t have both the time, money and space to do everything you want to do, but you still want your decorating to look great and up to your standards! Have no fear, there are plenty of ways...

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File Your FAFSA to Receive These Impactful Grants for Your College Education

One of the toughest things about college isn’t studying for exams or having to participate in group projects; the toughest thing is being able to afford to go to school. If you want to have the best chance at safely affording your higher education, you need to file your FAFSA. The Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is what qualifies you for government financial assistance for college. Without it, you wouldn’t have a chance of receiving federal grants and loans. While loans can be helpful, grants are even better. With grants, you don’t have to pay back what you’ve...

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5 Common FAFSA Mistakes to Avoid to Put You On The Right Path for College

As schools start to ramp up, imminent college students are picking out classes, picking up supplies and most importantly, filling out their FAFSA. This government document qualifies you for different loans, grants and government aid. Here are the five most common mistakes made when filling it out. Forgetting to Submit There’s a lot going on at the beginning of the school year, which is why it’s easy to forget about filling out and submitting your FAFSA. Though a common mistake, it can throw off the rest of your school year in a detrimental way. No one goes around handing...

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College Prep For High School Juniors

Don’t be fooled into thinking you can wait until your last year in school to start planning for college. As a junior, you have some important things to get started on as your high school career enters its twilight stages. Testing As you start your junior year, you’ll find you need to take the PSAT or the NMSQT. These scores can even help you with the SAT process. In the spring of your junior year, you’ll take your ACT, your SAT and your SAT subject tests. Score requirements vary from school to school, so make sure you know what...

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