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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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The New Sat: How It’s Changed, and How You Can Prepare for It

The New Sat: How It’s Changed, and How You Can Prepare for It

In March of 2016, the CollegeBoard (which administers the SAT and PSAT), kicked off the new SAT, which is a major change from the old one which had been in...

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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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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. Find Your Best-Fit College and Get In Schedule Your Free...

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Standardized Testing: What You Need to Know

Standardized Testing: What You Need to Know

The prospect of standardized testing is immensely stressful, and parents and students have many questions about standardized testing. Find Your Best-Fit College and Get In Schedule Your Free 30-Minute Consultation...

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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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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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How a College Admissions Coach Can Help You Achieve Better Results

How a College Admissions Coach Can Help You Achieve Better Results

An experienced college admissions coach can be critical to help students and families navigate the process, set priorities, and achieve better outcomes. Find Your Best-Fit College and Get In Schedule...

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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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Questions You Should Ask on a Campus Tour

Questions You Should Ask on a Campus Tour

Most campus tours will focus on amenities and prestige factors But as a parent helping your child, here are questions you should be asking at a campus tour. Find Your...

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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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Questions You Should Ask on a Campus Tour

Questions You Should Ask on a Campus Tour

Most campus tours will focus on amenities and prestige factors But as a parent helping your child, here are questions you should be asking at a campus tour.

Summer Internships for High School Students

Summer Internships for High School Students

Summer internships or other immersive study opportunities can help in picking your major and applying to college. Here are some well-regarded programs.

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.

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