Why 95% of Families Fail at College Planning

Lotta Class of 2019 Seniors on edge this week, waiting (by checking 28x per day) for Early Decision notices to come out. It’s a big deal to find out where you’e headed to college. I certainly don’t begrudge anyone for setting a goal and going after it, you-know-whats-to-the-wall. I was one of those kids too, back…

Applying for Financial Aid: Does it Hurt Chances of Admission?

Today:  One college financial aid and admissions question, two separate clients. One hailed from Queens County, NY, the other: Serbia. (I know, we have the most random business 🙂 The issue on the table:  does applying for financial aid hurt chances of admission? Specifically, should I check the “yes” box on the Common Application? I discussed this on…

Thoughts On the Harvard Admissions Lawsuit

ACT/SAT Prep Small Group Classes | Inner Circle Have you heard about the lawsuit against Harvard, brought by an Asian-American who didn’t get in (and other interested parties, of course)? I admit that I’ve sorta been paying attention to it, some days more than others.  I also admit that I did find it interesting when part of…

Princeton, We Have a Problem

Apparently, something that I quipped in public last week was really funny to a client, even days later.  Princeton. This past Sunday, I met with a client, Tom, and his daughter and wife.  Princeton. Tom had attended a live workshop earlier in the week, Princeton, where I fielded 20-25 questions from parents. Six or seven of…

The College Lesson From Fred & Donald Trump’s Tax Avoidance

This morning, in the “Upstairs Office,” I made it through about three-quarters of the New York Times piece about how Trump screwed the IRS, was propped up financially by his father and so on and so forth. As I read it, I was struck by several thoughts, which I wanted to share (even if the mention of…