A College Counselor Chronicles Her Own Family’s Journey

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People often ask independent college counselor Lisa Mader what she would do if it were her son applying to college. Now that she’s actually going through the college search process as a parent herself, she is chronicling her experience to provide tips (and laughs) for other parents on the same journey.  Read More…

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Diagnose Yourself: Involved Parent or Hovering Helicopter?

As a parent, you want to be involved in your child’s academics and career-planning. But how much is too much? Find out where you fall on the line between being supportive or being overbearing.  Read More…

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Involving Your Parents in the College Search: Four Ways They Can Help without Hovering

Your parents really do just want to help with the college search process, and they really can! But it’s also important that you take the lead–in fact colleges don’t like when they hear from just the parents instead of you! Read these tips on how you can involve your parents without them taking over.  Read More…

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Behind the Admissions Curtain: Three Most Common Questions on How Colleges Process Applications–Answered!

Ever wonder how college admissions staff make their decisions on who is accepted and why? Who reviews your application, exactly? What do they look for? How can you increase your chances of being accepted? Get the answers to these and more info in this behind the scenes look at the college admission process.  Read More…

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Adjusting to College: Four Tips for Parents

Your child is leaving for college soon…and you’re dreading it. Check out these tips for a smooth transition.  Read More…

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Five Tips to Jump-Start Paying for College

Five Tips to Jump-Start Paying for College

Concerned about how you’ll pay for college? Check out these simple steps on finding and obtaining funding.  Read More…

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Scholarships and Grants: Kick Off Your Financial Aid Search Right

Obtaining funding for your college education is a big deal. Start the process off right by reading these helpful tips.  Read More…

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Ten Common FAFSA Errors Parents Make

An inaccurately completed FAFSA will likely result in a decrease in the amount of financial aid you will qualify for. Review this list of the top ten most common FAFSA errors to avoid so you can get the most funding possible.  Read More…

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College Adjustment Tips for Parents

College Adjustment Tips for Parents

Sending your child off to college is a big adjustment for any parent. Here are some tips to ease the transition for both them and you.  Read More…

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Introduction: Step-by-Step College Search

Walking around campus on your own is as important as taking a guided tour

The college search and admission process can be overwhelming. Follow the steps here to help your students transition to college smoothly.  Read More…

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