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Acing the SAT and ACT: What You Need to Know

Acing the SAT and ACT: What You Need to Know

Standardized testing is stressful for many students and parents because it has such high stakes. At many U.S. and international universities, test scores are a major factor in admissions decisions. But taking a standardized test like the SAT or ACT doesn't have to be stressful and scary.

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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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How to Ask For a Letter of Recommendation for College Admissions

How to Ask For a Letter of Recommendation for College Admissions

For most high-school students, college applications are the first time they'll ask for a letter of recommendation. But it likely won't be the last time, since many job applications require letters of recommendation as well. So the process you follow for college is a good learning experience, and teaches a skill that can be very valuable later in life. Here are some tips.

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Using Summer Wisely to Get Started on College Admissions

Using Summer Wisely to Get Started on College Admissions

For high school students all over the country, summer vacation can be a moment to take a break after all the AP exams, standardized tests, and an intense school year. But it's also a time to really focus on college admissions and college planning. Why? Because once fall semester starts, the calendar moves really fast!

Here's a great list of things parents and students can do over the summer!

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13 Insider Tips From College Admissions Counselors

13 Insider Tips From College Admissions Counselors

College is a consequential decision, and the admissions process can be complex and stressful. To give families a head start, we at LifeLaunchr compiled this selection of insider tips from college admissions counselors in the country – people who have helped thousands of students find and get into great-fit schools.

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Five Things Every Family Should Know About Paying For College

Five Things Every Family Should Know About Paying For College

Saving for college is one of the most-avoided topics in college planning. That's understandable, since the costs can feel overwhelming, and for many of us the response to feeling overwhelmed is paralysis. But with a little planning, the challenge of paying for college is manageable. Here are five important tips for being in a position to afford college and minimize debt.

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Start the Year Right! Fall Tips for College Planning

Start the Year Right! Fall Tips for College Planning

Welcome to a new year of high school! As you get started on the new year, here are some tips to help you start it right. Whichever year of high school you're in, make sure you're paying attention to the things that will help you with college planning. Here, by year, is a list of fall tips for college planning.

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Five Things Teens and Parents Should Know about College Admissions: Part 5

Five Things Teens and Parents Should Know about College Admissions: Part 5

At many high schools, counselors don't start engaging with students about planning for college until spring of junior year.
But if you're a parent or student, waiting till spring of junior year makes college planning harder for many reasons. In fact the best advice for parents is to start early: as early as possible, in freshman year if you can. College planning really starts the first day of high school, since its when all the work your teen will do starts making a difference.

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Five Things Teens and Parents Should Know about College Admissions: Part 4

Five Things Teens and Parents Should Know about College Admissions: Part 4

Parents I speak to often ask "What's the best university to study engineering?" or "Where is the best place for my daughter to study biomedicine?" There are many ways to answer this question. The answer I always give is: "It depends on your child." I tell them to focus on fit, not rank.

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Five Things Teens and Parents Should Know about College Admissions: Part 3

Five Things Teens and Parents Should Know about College Admissions: Part 3

For teens starting out in life after high school, or parents helping them, remember: your first gig after college doesn't have to be your final "true passion," but it does have to pay the bills so you can keep searching. So find a way to balance pragmatism and passion in your choice of college and major.

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

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

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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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.

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 choose wisely.

Five Tips on Building a Realistic College Financial Plan

Five Tips on Building a Realistic College Financial Plan

If you've got a student in middle or high school, here are five tips to help you get started on your college financial plan today!

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 to matter, in the sense that someone at a university will see them and might use them to make a decision about their admissions. For parents, it's when you've got to start helping your child make good decisions about how to use their time. It's also when saving money for college becomes critically important.

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 by tens of thousands of dollars.

The Importance of the Career Center in Choosing Colleges

The Importance of the Career Center in Choosing Colleges

Career centers on campus are an under-utilized resource. They can make the difference between an education that pays off vs. one that doesn't.

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