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Preparing for college requires the same amount of work as taking an extra class, or picking up a second job. Students must save money, organize paperwork and transcripts, continue to excel in academics and extracurriculars, and prepare for standardized tests. When the application process begins, the work load increases with filling out the Common Application, writing essays, and filing for financial aid packages. Fortunately, these organization skills will simplify your next round of decisions, like choosing a major and maintaining academic excellence throughout your career.

Start Planning Early

We cannot stress enough the importance of scholarships and grants. College-based awards are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Still, most students need to supplement their financial aid package. If possible, apply for early admission so you can compare awards and determine if you need to apply for other scholarships.

Major Decisions

Some students already know their intended major, and others wait to make that decision. Regardless of when you choose your major, and what major you choose, consider taking classes outside your field of study. Having experience outside your major will make you a more marketable job applicant. Being versatile will also make changing career paths an easy task.

Latest College & Financial Aid News

StudentAid.gov Debuts New Online Tools

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by Susan Dutca-Lovell

The U.S. Department of Education's StudentAid.gov website debuted a variety of new tools, including a personalized loan simulator, new alert and notification system, and aid summary tool. These enhancements are some of the first of several upgrades to the website that will roll out in 2020, delivering on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' promise to modernize and personalize the customer experience with federal student aid, according to the news release. Here are the latest tools released and what they mean: [...]

Calls to End Legacy Preferences for College Admissions

February 21, 2020

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

In an effort to "make college fair," Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is calling for an end to giving college alumni's children preference when it comes to getting into college. [...]

The Future of Standardized Testing in College Admissions

February 18, 2020

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is all on its own in requiring all applicants to take SAT Subject Tests. Last week, Harvey Mudd announced that it was dropping the SAT Subject Test requirement and the California Institute of Technology made a similar announcement weeks ago, along with other prominent schools such as the University of Chicago and the University of Rochester. Test-optional admission policies have become more popular lately, for a variety of reasons. Here are some changes you may see in the near future when it comes to SAT scores in the college admissions process. [...]

Last Reviewed: February 2020