Building Trust Between Colleges and Parents

Presidents of colleges and universities love to talk. They love to talk about the schools they lead, and why they are great. They love to talk about problems facing America and the world, and how U.S. higher education is producing the next generation of leaders to...

Rights and Responsibilities in College Admissions

The bumper sticker slogan, “Freedom is not free,” applies to college admissions just as it does to democracy. Students have the freedom to apply to college wherever they want, and colleges are free to accept their application, or not. And just as in...

PURSUING A PASSION BEATS CHECKING ANOTHER BOX

Parents often ask me about the importance of extracurricular activities when it comes to supporting a college, graduate school or job application for their son or daughter. Here’s how I answer that question. First, I make clear that four other components of the...

MAKING TIME FOR STUDY CAN BE A CHALLENGE

If your child is still in secondary school, you’ve probably remarked to each other how difficult it is, with today’s busy lifestyles, for him or her to actually find time to study. But study time is critical, and it gets even more important when the young...

Is the SAT Obsolete?

Until recently, it would have been heresy, and just plain bad practical advice, to tell a high school junior or senior with college aspirations not to take the SAT, especially if he or she lived on either coast of the United States. This ritual college admissions...

Other Savings Options

Other Savings Options While 529 plans may be the hottest and most flexible way to save for college, there are other, non-traditional methods which make sense in certain cases. Recent laws make saving for college via Roth IRAs a lot more favorable than in the past. All...