ACT Miracles Last Week

Marissa the Miracle Worker   ACT scores came out last week and, the way it happens every cycle, I heard about amazing, unpredictable score increases by Marissa’s clients.   Nothing makes us smile more than when stressed out, hard working kids achieve results that exceed even our expectations!   Student one’s story was a bona…

The Inconvenient Truth About “Test-Optional”

Earlier this week, I did a college planning “secrets” workshop at College 101 in historical East Setauket, where I attempted to edu-ma-cate a nice group of parents about the ins and outs of college admissions, financial aid and scholarships. The topic turned to what admissions officers are looking for in a candidate, so I threw…

When “Final” Doesn’t Mean “Final”

Test Prep Classes | Inner Circle Close your eyes and pretend that it’s April, only a few months way, and you’re waiting for your financial aid and scholarship awards for your high school Senior. (OK, open them to read the rest of this message. 🙂 I won’t sugar coat it, lots o’ parents aren’t exactly…

Fatal Financial Aid Mistakes

Test Prep Classes | Inner Circle We’re less than a month away from “F-Day”  – the day that the FAFSA, CSS Profile and other financial aid forms come out!  Yay. Although the FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Aid) is  relatively harmless looking on its face, it’s easy as pie to make a teeny-weeny little error that will have long lasting,…

How to Screw Yourself Out of Financial Aid

Pearl and I have catalogued dozens of ways families self-sabotage in the area of financial aid aid and scholarships over the years.  Last time I counted, we had 60 or 70. But isn’t the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA” is what we in the biz call it), simple and straightforward?  That’s what the…