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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Informing Low-Income Students About Their College Options

Many high performing students from lower income backgrounds are failing to recognize the huge advantage they have in gaining admissions into highly selective colleges and universities. In the article, Elite Colleges Struggle To Recruit Smart, Low-Income Kids, Shankar Vedantam notes … Continue reading

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Simon Scholars Program

  Simon Scholars Program The Simon Scholars Program, funded by the Simon Family Foundation is currently operating in California, New Mexico, Georgia, and Washington D.C. It is a 6-year scholarship program that begins during a student’s junior year in high … Continue reading

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Merit-Based Financial Aid

Chapter 7: Merit-based and Need-based Aid, in the book, “Show Me the Money: Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Making the Right College Choice,” assists students in identifying how to research sources of merit- and need-based financial aid. Merit-based aid is awarded … Continue reading

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How Much “Guidance” Can You Expect From Your “Guidance Counselor?”

In the research study by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, “2012 National Survey of School Counselors: True North: Charting the Course to College and Career Readiness” middle school and high school guidance counselors acknowledged that they simply do … Continue reading

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Colleges That Do Not Require SAT or ACT Scores

The National Center for Fair and Open Testing identified over 800 colleges and universities that deemphasize the use of standardized tests in their admissions decisions for applicants who graduated from U.S. high schools. Some of the schools totally exempt students … Continue reading

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Academic “Undermatch” and What it Means to You

Academic Undermatch With only 57 percent of students attending 4-year colleges and universities receiving their bachelor’s degree in six years, it is important for students to choose the right college. But what is the “Right College?” Is it one where … Continue reading

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Choosing a College for Students with Learning Challenges

Choosing a College for Students with Learning Challenges College is accessible to students with learning challenges, however, students and parents must carefully research colleges and universities as the level of support widely varies among institutions. In the article, “Stepping Up … Continue reading

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Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships

The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall of 2013. The … Continue reading

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Young, black and buried in debt!

The Importance of Research In my work, I frequently speak to parents and students about the importance of developing both a college admissions and financial aid plan if students are to choose the right college and identify the necessary sources … Continue reading

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Ford Foundation Fellowships

Predoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior … Continue reading

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