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MOST RECENT: College Essay: Parent Do’s and Don’ts

Posted on 10/16/2017, by Dr. Ellen Fithian

College Essay: Parent Do’s and Don’ts

Without question, writing college essays is one of the most daunting of college application tasks. If your senior has put it off, or his best effort so far is a two paragraph treatise that begins with a dictionary definition and ends with a cliché, what can you do to help?

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Most teens have no idea what they're trying to accomplish in their essay, so get them started with…

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Step 3 for Seniors: Organize the Application Process

Posted on 10/16/2017, by Dr. Ellen Fithian

Step 3 for Seniors: Organize the Application Process

Before your teen tackles the first application, get a bird's eye view of the whole process.

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Step 2 for Seniors: Contemplating College Costs

Posted on 10/16/2017, by Dr. Ellen Fithian

Step 2 for Seniors: Contemplating College Costs

Get estimates of what your family will actually pay at each college to make informed choices about…

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Step 1 for Seniors: Compose the College List

Posted on 10/16/2017, by Dr. Ellen Fithian

Step 1 for Seniors: Compose the College List

A haphazard approach to college applications can turn a hard process into a hair-pulling one, so…

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College Applications: Why You Need to Start Now

Posted on 10/16/2017, by Dr. Ellen Fithian

College Applications: Why You Need to Start Now

When seniors try to shortcut the application process, it can end badly.

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