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Discounts or Scholarships? 50% off a College Education?

It may sound strange, but if your family received a “scholarship” to buy a car would it lead you to buy it?  We encourage college parents to consider the implications for your own college admissions experience and be careful to understand the difference between a true scholarship from what would otherwise be viewed as a […]
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College Waitlist: Should Your Student Just Wait?

The college application process is a stressful time for both students and their parents: college visits, narrowing down the choices, SAT or ACT exams, applications, essays, recommendations, and then – finally – your child finds that she has been put on the waiting list for her first choice college.  Yes, it may be discouraging, but all may not be lost.  There are some things that your “almost” college student should – an
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2018 College Admissions: Finding True North as a College Parent

We define True North in the college admissions process as something that enables your student to stay focused. CollegeParents.org contains many resources on college admissions.  All of the tips and insights often get lost, however, and sometimes it just helps to have a simple list of how families can play an important role in the college admissions process.  
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2018 – Five Decision Day Tips For College Families

Just mention the words “college admissions,” and the anxiety level for some future college parent households rises as quickly as the spring pollen count outside their front doors.Part of that anxiety, no doubt, is being driven by a recent spate of high-profile newspaper articles, followed inevitably by their cribbing on television or radio news programs, all of which are collectively making the point that college admission is harder than ever.
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Can We Stop Asking: What Are Your Kid’s College Plans?

Early this year, a wonderful article appeared in the New York Times authored by Elisabeth Egan, the books editor at Glamour and the author of the novel “A Window Opens” and this wonderful essay Stop Asking About My Kids College Plans. She shares the experience of a college-bound parent particularly well. “Want to know a funny […]
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Quick Thoughts on Early Admission Decisions & Final Applications

December is a hectic month for college-bound parents and their students. For students who have applied for an early admission decision, they will likely hear the results this month while also working to complete their applications to other colleges or universities.
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Tips & Insights for Hacking College Admissions

This is the time of year when college families are looking for tips and insights into the college admissions process.  Over the year's we have published lists of suggestions but one of the best sources to gain some quick tips and insights to the admissions process is from the founder of Princeton Review and Tutor.com -  John Katzman.
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5 Questions Every Parent, Student Should Ask About Campus Safety

College families and their students are wise to consider some practical questions about campus safety.
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Understanding Award Letters

Many times — maybe too many — high school seniors are just so happy to be accepted to their dream school that they don’t give a second thought to the financial implications of their college choice. Then reality sinks in when they start digging into the details of college award letters. At College Parents of America, […]
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2017 College Admissions – Decision Time

May 1st is the deadline for college decisions and therefore the stress is growing across the nation as students determine with some helpful guidance of their parents the right college for them to choose.