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Financial Aid & College Timeline

The financial aid process is often considered overwhelming. And while that may be the case, starting early and staying on top of the process of planning for college is essential to your future success. We can’t remind students enough, when preparing for college, the importance of applying early and applying often for financial aid opportunities. Much of that funding is already distributed by the end of your senior year, and college-based awards are often given on a first-come, first-served basis. You don’t want to find out too late in the process that you won’t be able to attend your top school because you missed a financial aid deadline and as a result won’t be able to afford that long-anticipated freshman year. So, whether you’re a student or a parent, the following timelines will keep you on track and in the know throughout high school.

Latest College & Financial Aid News

Mom Agreed to Pay $1.5M to Elite College Consulting Firm

February 14, 2018

by Susan Dutca

A mom who agreed to pay $1.5 million to a college-admissions consultant to help her child get into a prestigious prep school and Ivy League College is now being sued for allegedly paying only half the fee. The Manhattan-based firm, The Ivy Coach, says the family is part of the "international aristocracy who have enlisted Ivy Coach's premium services." [...]

Student Group Cancels Controversial Debate at University of Chicago

February 6, 2018

by Susan Dutca

A controversial immigration debate was canceled this week by a student group at The University of Chicago - a university which "prides itself on protecting free speech, even offensive speech." The Edmund Burke Society, a conservative parliamentary debating society, canceled the debate, claiming it "could not assure an orderly event," particularly following the uproar over how the group had described the event. [...]

University Professor Arrested for Restroom Recording

January 30, 2018

by Susan Dutca

Photo credit: Erin Hooley / The Chicago Tribune

A University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Professor has been accused of following members of a pro-chief Illiniwek group into a restroom and videotaping. He was arrested for unauthorized videotaping but was released from the county jail since the state's attorney's office did not charge him with a crime. [...]