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Pencils Down! SAT kills off subject tests, writing section

In a long overdue move, the College Board announced today that it has killed off subject tests and the writing section.  I’m actually surprised it took this long. Tomorrow at 12pm EST, I’ll be joined live by Lockwood Test Prep head tutor Marissa Uneberg as we try to make sense of it all and what…

The October Surprise

This may seem like a Captain Obvious point but I’m going say it here and now, because it needs to be said. I’ve gotten four-five questions from high school seniors about their current (12 grade) grades, as in whether they “count,” is it OK to take it easy, can I drop an AP, etc. The…

The 529: College Savior or Dark Lord?

I received at least 5-6 questions about the 529 on last week’s webinar I did with the Syosset (NY) library.  Questions about switching children “beneficiaries” of the 529 plan, questions about 529 accounts held by grandparents, whether the 529 hurt your chances of aid and by how much, etc. etc. etc. You might find this ironic…

Sordid, Awful Financial Aid Mistake

Sordid, Distasteful Financial Aid Mistake #11   (11th in my series of 13 “College Independence Day” emails to help easily pay for college without cutting back on your lifestyle or saddling your kids with crushing, high rate, high fee student loans..   Can you believe that there’s only three mistakes left in this series of…

The Fix for Online Learning Problems

I’m hearing it from practically ALL parents, and even experiencing a little myself: My kids: Have no idea what’s going on in class Turn in their assignments late Forget their assignments, so they’re not turned in at all Leave things until the last minute Are not accountable to anyone Today on College Coffee and Covid…