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  • U.S. News and World Report

    The Real Cost of For-Profit Colleges

    FOR-PROFIT, FOUR-YEAR colleges advertise sticker prices that are, on average, somewhere between those of public and private nonprofit colleges. But experts encourage students considering for-profit colleges to look critically at other factors that contribute to cost, too, like the amount of institutional aid available, how long it takes to earn a degree and the value of that degree.

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  • Parentology

    Price Over Prestige: Why Some Students are Nixing Esteemed Universities for Community Colleges

    Venkates Swaminathan, founder and CEO of LifeLaunchr, a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, perfectly sums up the reasoning behind the increasing preference for students to attend community, state, and online colleges over prestigious universities.

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  • GreatSchools

    Just How Important is a College Admissions Essay?

    It’s a question any person involved in college applications gets asked a lot. Whether you’re applying to a selective private university or a state school, how much difference does a great college admission essay make? And what really makes for a great essay?

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  • Centsai

    How to Get Scholarships for College: 6 Secrets to Success

    “There is a common misconception that scholarships are awarded only based on academic or athletic merit,” says Venkates Swaminathan, founder and CEO of college admissions coaching site Lifelaunchr. “All it takes is a simple web search to find hundreds of unique and interesting scholarships, available to all types of students and just waiting for applicants.”

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  • Mommy Bites

    Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Grandson Does Not Want To Attend Religious College

    To assist you in finding such a resource, I suggest you seek out an educational consultant who can meet your basic criteria.

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  • CEO Blog Nation

    25 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names

    We are not just about helping students with college, but about helping them figure out where they are going with their lives. It’s a much more profound idea, and teens and parents both love it.

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  • The Thoughtful Entrepreneur

    The Best Resource to Prep Your Kids for College

    Many parents have a hard time when their kids are about to go to college. LifeLaunchr was created to help students and families find their best-choice college and get in, and to navigate the confusing, opaque college admission process with less stress.

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  • The Washington Post

    College Board Retreats on Plan for ‘Adversity’ Rating for SAT

    “This is a significant improvement that eases concerns about the transparency of the process,” said Venkates Swaminathan, who is based in San Francisco.

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  • The Harvard Crimson

    10 Successful Harvard Application Essays

    With the top applicants from every high school applying to the best schools in the country, it's important to have an edge in your college application. In our 2019 edition, check out ten of our newest Harvard application essays and profiles from students who made it in.

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  • Savings Angel

    Things You Need to Know About College

    The idea for LifeLaunchr was born out of the experience Swami had as his daughter went through the college admissions process. Finding the right colleges to apply to, working through the requirements, and getting everything in order to apply to college was time-consuming and confusing.

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