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DOING COLLEGE

Should Your Sophomore Take The October PSAT? And More on Standardized Testing...

In March, The College Board, the organization that administers the SAT (once known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test but now simply known as the SAT), announced plans...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 12, 2014
Last comment by Carole, on Oct 18, 2014 at 12:59 am | 2 comments | 3568 Views

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Three Time Tested Test Prep Recommendations

By now most families have heard that a new SAT exam will be administered for the first time in spring 2016. As test preparation providers respond to these changes...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 4, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1863 Views

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Student Loans That Make Sense

The wide availability of student loans in the US reflects the value our nation places on access to higher education. As a college admission counselor, I have worked...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 13, 2013
Last comment by Rebeca, on Sep 15, 2014 at 1:22 am | 10 comments | 8281 Views

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Understanding Early Decision in College Admissions

Early Decision is an application program offered by many colleges and universities that provides an early admission decision in exchange for the student's commitment...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 28, 2014
Last comment by Cato D. Younger, on Aug 29, 2014 at 7:09 am | 1 comment | 4771 Views

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When Adult Children Go Off to College: Keeping Your Eye on The Law

Did you know that once children turn 18, parents lose the legal authority to make decisions for them? An individual who has reached the age of 18 is considered...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 30, 2014
There are no comments yet. 4422 Views

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Budget Basics for New College Graduates

Here's a question I'm often asked by new or soon to be college graduates: "I am looking for a job. Can you help me figure out how much income I will need to pay...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 8, 2014
There are no comments yet. 8235 Views

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Congratulations on Getting In! Now How Long to Get Out?

This time of year many high school seniors have made or are about to make the final selection of where to go to college. I am reminded of a statement made by F....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 27, 2014
There are no comments yet. 5465 Views

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Take Full Advantage of Free Standardized Testing Opportunities

May and June are important months for constructing college success at earlier grade levels. Most students think about standardized testing in the junior year, but...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 21, 2014
There are no comments yet. 30214 Views

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Your Most Powerful Tool for Getting Into College--Use It Now!

As a college admission advisor I give college related advice all year round. One of the most common conversations I have with families is about high school coursework—what...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 1, 2014
There are no comments yet. 7334 Views

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The Big Mistake Students Make When Filling Out The FAFSA

As the flurry starts to die down around applying to colleges, there is a new issue for students and their families to consider. Students may have to be just as...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 21, 2014
Last comment by Robin Bennett, on Feb 24, 2014 at 10:22 am | 1 comment | 5126 Views

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Finishing Strong: Colleges Can Revoke Admission Offers

You worked too hard to get into college to mess with it now. Seniors should bear in mind that their remaining high school grades can affect their new relationship...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 12, 2014
There are no comments yet. 8200 Views

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What Extracurricular Activities Will Get Me into College?

As a college admission advisor, I hear this question often from parents and students alike. Sometimes students try to amass an array of activities to adorn their...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 2, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Jan 11, 2014 at 7:06 pm | 14 comments | 6401 Views

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Quick! Show Me the Money--the CSS Profile

Timing is critical. For high school seniors who plan to request financial aid, now is the time to determine the forms required at each college on your list. You...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 30, 2013
Last comment by Alec, on Oct 12, 2013 at 2:15 am | 1 comment | 2518 Views

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7 steps to success: the college transfer path

Each year I receive calls from high school seniors who want help with the transfer path. My heart skips a beat when I get this type of call, particularly when it...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 26, 2013
There are no comments yet. 1622 Views

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Some Unexpected College Costs

The cost of a college education these days is soaring and out of pocket expenses for families range from costly to obscenely expensive. After accounting for tuition...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 29, 2013
There are no comments yet. 1720 Views

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Jump Start The College Application

The Common Application is used by 488 member colleges to streamline the college application process. These colleges represent 46 US states...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 15, 2013
There are no comments yet. 1466 Views

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When Parents and Students Disagree About College

Waiting until college results are in to deal with differences of opinion between students and their parents about what college to attend is not wise. When the college...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 1, 2013
There are no comments yet. 2131 Views

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Is It Too Early to Prepare for College?

A San Ramon Reader asks Dr. LaScala: Are there advantages to starting college advising before beginning high school? My son is quite focused and driven; we aren't...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 17, 2013
There are no comments yet. 1319 Views

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The Little Word That Means A Lot in College Admissions

Many parents are surprised to discover that unless their child is failing and placed on academic probation they will not hear from the student's college or university....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 3, 2013
There are no comments yet. 4349 Views

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What DO I Bring to College Next Fall?

Most seniors and their parents by now know a great deal about the work and stress of college admissions: visiting schools, taking standardized tests, filling out...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 20, 2013
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