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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Ten Steps to Get Started with Financial Aid

(Written by John Raftrey) This blog inspired by a comment from a Palo Verde "Parent" posted last week! The blog post is to get you started. I recommend...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 14, 2014
Last comment by bryan rolly, on Feb 4, 2016 at 5:03 pm | 4 comments | 8518 Views

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Changes are coming to the SAT in 2016!

(written by guest blogger Patrick Hennes of AJ Tutoring, www. AJTutoring.com) The redesigned SAT will debut in March 2016 and will affect the class of 2017 and...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 22, 2015
Last comment by abisekbhavan, on Feb 2, 2016 at 2:23 am | 3 comments | 3433 Views

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SHOW AND TELL: Tips for Writing the College Application Essay

(Guest blog written by Sally Doane) Of all the components of the college application, the essay is perhaps the one that causes the most dread – more...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 5, 2014
Last comment by Irene Schultz, on Jan 18, 2016 at 5:20 am | 5 comments | 9777 Views

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July 27th: Colleges That Change Lives are Coming

(Written by John Raftrey) The Colleges That Change Lives, ctcl.org, schools will be hosting a college fair Monday July 27th at the Santa Clara Convention Center,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jul. 21, 2015
Last comment by JamesKyne, on Jan 8, 2016 at 9:32 pm | 5 comments | 3608 Views

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Applying for FAFSA

(Written by Lori McCormick) January 1st marks the opening of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as FAFSA. If you reside in California,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jan. 1, 2016
Last comment by CAmom, on Jan 4, 2016 at 2:24 pm | 2 comments | 2885 Views

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Early Decision and Buyer’s Remorse

(Written by John Raftrey) Today is the day most Early Decision decisions are announced. While there will be a very large group of unhappy students who didn’t...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Dec. 15, 2015
Last comment by From Fifty Years Later, on Dec 18, 2015 at 12:31 pm | 2 comments | 4740 Views

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Never Give Up

(written by Lori McCormick) Many students are celebrating their early application acceptances or are deeply saddened by their first rejection. Some even are in...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Dec. 23, 2014
Last comment by David Weese, on Dec 15, 2015 at 10:40 pm | 5 comments | 7720 Views

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Visiting Bucknell, Dickinson, Franklin and Marshall, Gettysburg, and Ursinus

(Written by John Raftrey) Recently I visited colleges in Central Pennsylvania and Philadelphia with members of the Higher Education Consultants Association, the...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 8, 2015
Last comment by Bertis Downs, on Dec 10, 2015 at 12:11 am | 10 comments | 7138 Views

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10 Tips For This Year?s Common App

(written by John Raftrey) Early decision and early action applications start becoming due at the end of the month. To make sure your Common App is in good shape,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Oct. 7, 2014
Last comment by Jack Redford, on Dec 4, 2015 at 10:10 am | 1 comment | 22027 Views

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New York College Tours - Part One

(written by Lori McCormick) I recently toured four colleges in New York City. Here are my first two college tour reviews. Check back soon to read part two. ==B...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Nov. 24, 2015
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Fee Waivers

(Written by Lori McCormick) If you qualified for fee waivers to take the SAT or ACT, or are a participant in the free or reduced lunch program, then you should...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Oct. 1, 2015
Last comment by Where is testosterone produced, on Nov 17, 2015 at 3:05 am | 14 comments | 5145 Views

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College Touring Tips

(Written by Lori McCormick) Spring and summer breaks are wonderful times to visit college campuses. If you are planning college tours with your future college...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 22, 2015
Last comment by JohnWilliams, on Oct 7, 2015 at 11:35 pm | 8 comments | 9749 Views

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508 Dreams Dashed at UC Santa Cruz

(Written by John Raftrey) UC Santa Cruz has withdrawn their offer of admission to 508 students who were planning to attend the university this fall. The university...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 11, 2015
Last comment by James, on Sep 19, 2015 at 4:24 pm | 23 comments | 6078 Views

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On Tour - The Highly Selective Liberal Arts Colleges: Occidental, Pitzer, and Scripps

Today we visit the highly selective small liberal arts colleges (SLACS) Occidental, Pitzer and Scripps. Pitzer and Scripps complete the Claremont Colleges Consortium...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 21, 2014
Last comment by Gillisn, on Sep 19, 2015 at 3:51 am | 3 comments | 13632 Views

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Building a college list

(written by Lori McCormick) Students thoughtfully research colleges, attend college representative visits on their high school campuses, and gather information...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 9, 2015
Last comment by Parent, on Sep 9, 2015 at 5:50 pm | 7 comments | 3519 Views

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Understanding Financial Aid packages

(Written by Lori McCormick) College acceptances are in! Which college will you choose? The national deadline to commit to your campus of choice is May 1st....

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Apr. 6, 2015
Last comment by Lynn sarto, on Sep 4, 2015 at 8:40 am | 2 comments | 5315 Views

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Transitions

(written by Lori McCormick) Transitioning to college, while certainly exciting, can also feel a bit overwhelming. Here are some tips to help make your transition...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 26, 2015
Last comment by Anneke, on Sep 1, 2015 at 7:58 am | 2 comments | 3583 Views

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College Visit: Lehigh and Lafayette

The following blog was written by my friend and colleague Christine Lee who is an independent college counselor in Kenwood, CA.- JR My recent tours of Lehigh...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 17, 2015
Last comment by Kaci Libby, on Aug 28, 2015 at 6:42 am | 2 comments | 8267 Views

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Standardized testing may become a thing of the past

(Written by Lori McCormick) The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) maintains a list of colleges and universities that do not use the SAT or...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 4, 2015
Last comment by Anonymous, on Aug 7, 2015 at 5:39 pm | 2 comments | 3878 Views

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My College Mindset is Intrinsically Motivated

(written by John Raftrey) This post comes after seeing the word "mindset" in seemingly just about every essay rough draft I've seen over the last...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jul. 27, 2015
Last comment by Growth mindset, on Aug 3, 2015 at 2:12 pm | 6 comments | 4053 Views
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