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5 Dos & Don'ts of Negotiating College Financial Aid Offers

With college acceptance letters flooding seniors’ inboxes and mailboxes–and the May 1st deadline to commit to a college on the horizon–families want to know if the financial aid offers they’ve received are truly colleges’ best offers. Every year, we walk many families through the negotiation process to appeal below-average offers from schools. As part of our financial services, we analyze your financial aid offers … Read More 5 Dos & Don'ts of Negotiating College Financial Aid Offers

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Home Equity: Will It Hurt My Student’s Chances for Financial Aid?

“What impact does home equity have on my student’s chances of receiving financial aid?” That’s a question most families don’t think about until they’re filing financial aid forms for the first time. Many of the families we meet tell us they’ve always assumed you should pay off your mortgage as quickly as possible. But will your home equity affect the way colleges calculate your … Read More Home Equity: Will It Hurt My Student’s Chances for Financial Aid?

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Should My Student Apply Only to In-State Colleges?

“We can only afford in-state schools.” “My son is applying only to in-state schools because he wants to stay close to home.” We hear statements like these all the time. With an overwhelming number of college options available to families, it can feel good to have a clear-cut way of instantly narrowing down your college list. But how smart is this approach? Let’s take … Read More Should My Student Apply Only to In-State Colleges?

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3 College Interview Questions You MUST Be Prepared to Answer

Every year around this time, we get questions about college admissions interviews. Interviews can feel like a mysterious, anxiety-inducing step in the admissions process. For many students, it’s the first time they’ve had to talk about themselves in an interview setting. On top of that, there’s the added pressure of knowing that a positive interview can certainly help your chances of getting accepted. The … Read More 3 College Interview Questions You MUST Be Prepared to Answer

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Is Your Student On Track?

Now that the first month of the school year is out of the way, here’s where your student should be in their college prep journey! SENIORS: Congratulations! College acceptances have begun! Already, some of our seniors have been accepted at: – Robert Morris University – Saint Vincent College – Slippery Rock University – University of Pittsburgh – West Virginia University … with many more … Read More Is Your Student On Track?

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Get Ahead This Summer in 6 Simple Steps

We always talk about how families must juggle many, many moving parts along the college prep journey. Fortunately, summer is the best time to get yourself back on track–or even better, to get ahead! Using this time to your advantage can really make a difference. STEP 1: Set goals. Summer break is a great opportunity for students to make progress toward reaching their goals. … Read More Get Ahead This Summer in 6 Simple Steps

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College Essays: Everything You Need to Know About Getting Started

The college essay is one of the most important factors in colleges’ admissions decisions. The admissions essay is your opportunity to show admissions committees who you really are beyond your grades and SAT/ACT scores. It’s also a factor you have 100% control over—which is why it’s one of my favorite parts of the application process! Now is the best time to devote yourself to … Read More College Essays: Everything You Need to Know About Getting Started

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2017-18 SAT & ACT Registration Deadlines

Thinking about taking–or retaking–the SAT and ACT in the fall? It’s time to start planning ahead! Ensphere students score 220+ points higher than the national average on the SAT and 7 points higher than the national average on the ACT. How do we do that? By taking both tests early! Students should sit for both the SAT and the ACT in the fall of … Read More 2017-18 SAT & ACT Registration Deadlines

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Financial Aid Alert: Student Loan Interest Rates

The cost of college continues to rise. Federal Student Loan interest rates for the 2017-2018 school year have been determined, and we’re seeing a marked increase in interest rates for both undergraduate and graduate student loans. Undergraduate Student Loans: Starting July 1st, interest rates for the Undergraduate Direct Loan program will rise from 3.76% to 4.45%, an increase of 0.69 percentage points, or 18.4%. … Read More Financial Aid Alert: Student Loan Interest Rates

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SAT & ACT: Earlier Is Better!

We’ve looked at the numbers from our classes of 2017 and 2018, and we’ve noticed some exciting trends.
Higher Scores:
Our students’ SAT scores have jumped over 90 points to an average score of 1249 (woo hoo!) and ACT scores have risen to an average of 28.

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10 Best & Worst Paying College Majors

Choosing the right college major is one of the most critical steps in the college prep process. There are many factors that students should consider when determining which career path is the best fit … including which career path will lead to their financial well-being. It can be helpful for college-bound students to think about how much they might expect to earn after graduating. While a potential salary shouldn’t be the only thing students consider, it’s a factor they certainly shouldn’t ignore, either.

Debunking the 3 Biggest College Loan Myths

With the cost of college on the rise, misinformation about college loans is on the rise as well. Understanding the truth about college loans is becoming more important than ever. These common myths should get you thinking …