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Why Finding a Great Fit College Matters

Why Finding a Great Fit College Matters

College admissions isn't just about getting in, it's about finishing and thriving in life. That's why it matters that you find a great fit college.

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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.

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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.

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Take a College Virtual Tour and Save Money and Time

Take a College Virtual Tour and Save Money and Time

Visiting colleges can be expensive. Between airfare or gas, hotel rooms, rental cars, parking and food, you could end up spending thousands of dollars. So before you fly, travel in the virtual world. College virtual tours can be a great way to screen colleges and find your fit.

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Building a Compelling College Application Portfolio: Four Keys

Building a Compelling College Application Portfolio: Four Keys

Here's how to focus students' attention on a few areas of interest and aptitude and build an outstanding college application portfolio.

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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.

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How to Make Sense of College Rankings

How to Make Sense of College Rankings

Each September, the week the vaunted U.S. News and World Report college rankings come out, you'll find parents looking over them anxiously. For many universities as well, these rankings are critical, since universities vie for top spots on this widely-publicized evaluation of their quality. For parents and students, the report adds to the complexity of decision-making about college. Here are tips on how to think about college rankings.

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Is College The Best Choice for Everyone?

Is College The Best Choice for Everyone?

The number and percentage of high school students who go on to four-year college have been rising steadily for years. But as the costs of college increase and many college graduates see only middling job prospects, more and more families are asking the question: is college the best choice for everyone?

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Creating An Authentic Balance in Your College List

Creating An Authentic Balance in Your College List

The key to making a good college list is to focus on finding colleges that are good fits, rather than chasing after the highest ranked one. Most rankings are arbitrary and don’t reflect an institution's true educational quality. Focus on finding an authentic balance: of likelihood, cost, earnings, educational program, culture, and other factors.

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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. It's critical for parents and students to understand how college financial aid really works.

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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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How Many College Admissions Essays Will I Have to Write?

How Many College Admissions Essays Will I Have to Write?

As the number of colleges students apply to continues to grow, the number of college admissions essays students have to write goes up as well. If you're a sophomore or junior (or the parent of one) starting to think about college applications, you might be wondering: "How many college admissions essays will I have to write?"

Secrets of Writing a Winning College Essay: The LifeLaunchr Webinar

Secrets of Writing a Winning College Essay: The LifeLaunchr Webinar

A great admissions essay can help you stand out. This webinar by LifeLaunchr coach Jane Hirschhorn tells you how to write a great college essay.

Building Your Brand for College Admissions

Building Your Brand for College Admissions

Brand-building for college is about understanding your strengths and weaknesses and finding a way to express that authentic self in your application.

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.

Gap Years: Here’s What You Need to Know

Gap Years: Here’s What You Need to Know

February is Gap Year Exploration Month. Gap years have become increasingly common. Here's what you need to know before getting started.

Financial Aid Award Letters: What You Need to Know

Financial Aid Award Letters: What You Need to Know

Financial Aid Award letters from universities are misleading and difficult to understand. Here's what you need to know about them.

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