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What Families Need to Know About College Financial Aid

What Families Need to Know About College Financial Aid

College costs continue to soar, and student loan debt in the U.S. now exceeds $1.5 trillion dollars. The average student graduating from college in 2016 had nearly $30,000 in debt....

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Five Tips on Choosing High School Courses Wisely for College Admissions

Five Tips on Choosing High School Courses Wisely for College Admissions

The high school courses you take, and the grades you get on them, are the most important part of your applications to colleges. Here are some tips to help you...

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Concerned About the Coalition Application? Five Things You Need to Know as a Parent or Student

Concerned About the Coalition Application? Five Things You Need to Know as a Parent or Student

The Coalition Application is one of the biggest changes in the college application process this year. Here’s what it means for you. Find Your Best-Fit College and Get In Schedule...

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Filling Out the FAFSA: Your Guide

Filling Out the FAFSA: Your Guide

The Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the basis on which colleges decide financial aid, so it is important students and parents fill them out. Find Your Best-Fit College and Get...

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Building a Four-Year Roadmap for College

Building a Four-Year Roadmap for College

College planning really starts in freshman year, so building a four-year roadmap for college is very important. For students, freshman year in high school is when grades and courses start...

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Filling out the CSS/Profile: Your Guide

Filling out the CSS/Profile: Your Guide

The CSS/Profile, like the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA), it is used to determine how much money a college will offer you. Find Your Best-Fit College and Get...

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Nine Tips to Make College Admissions Less Stressful

Nine Tips to Make College Admissions Less Stressful

College admissions doesn’t have to be extremely stressful. High school is when students learn about the adult they’ll be, and find a good-fit college. Find Your Best-Fit College and Get...

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Six Tips to Help You Cut the Cost of College by Tens of Thousands

Six Tips to Help You Cut the Cost of College by Tens of Thousands

While the benefits of a college education outweigh the costs by a lot, the cost is daunting. Here are six tips on how you can cut the cost of college...

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Five Things Teens and Parents Should Know About College Admissions: Part 1

Five Things Teens and Parents Should Know About College Admissions: Part 1

Fewer than 50% of college-bound students graduate within six years, according to the U.S. Department of Educations’ College Scorecard. A mentor can help students develop a deeper sense of their...

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Five Things Every Family Should Know About Paying For College

Five Things Every Family Should Know About Paying For College

Many families don’t think early enough about how to pay for college. But with a little planning, the challenge of paying for college is manageable. Find Your Best-Fit College and...

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<a href="https://www.lifelaunchr.com/author/swamusyahoo-com/" target="_self">Venkates Swaminathan</a>

Venkates Swaminathan

Venkates Swaminathan (Swami) is the founder and CEO of LifeLaunchr, the world's first virtual college admissions coaching platform, and a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Swami has been an executive in the education and technology industries for over 25 years. He has an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He is the father of a child in college, and in his spare time, he is a jazz and Indian classical singer and pianist.

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Nailing the University of California Personal Insight Questions

Nailing the University of California Personal Insight Questions

The Universities of California require you to answer four of eight personal insight questions. Here's what you need to know to answer these questions.

Filling out the CSS/Profile: Your Guide

Filling out the CSS/Profile: Your Guide

The CSS/Profile, like the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA), it is used to determine how much money a college will offer you.

Filling Out the FAFSA: Your Guide

Filling Out the FAFSA: Your Guide

The Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the basis on which colleges decide financial aid, so it is important students and parents fill them out.

Creating An Authentic Balance in Your College List

Creating An Authentic Balance in Your College List

To make a good college list, focus on finding good fits, rather than chasing after the highest-ranked colleges. Rankings are arbitrary.

How You Can Thrive During Remote Learning

How You Can Thrive During Remote Learning

Last spring taught us some lessons about thriving with remote learning. Here are keys to success with online education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Writing About COVID-19 in Your College Admission Essay

Writing About COVID-19 in Your College Admission Essay

For students applying to college using the CommonApp, there are several different places where students and counselors can address the pandemic’s impact, and those different sections have differing goals.

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