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Deciphering Financial Aid Award Letters

by Kevin Krebs on March 14, 2018 in College Admissions Counseling


One of the most important undertakings this time of year at Partners For Achievement is helping families get a handle on all the financial aid award letters they’re receiving from colleges. Since each school lays out its letter differently, families often have difficulty figuring out what’s what.   The first order of business is to […]

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Scholarships Cut the Cost of College

by Kevin Krebs on February 22, 2018 in Scholarships


There are thousands of private college scholarships out there, but researching and then applying for the ones that are a good fit for you requires commitment. I always tell our students at Partners For Achievement that no one will walk around giving you money—you have to put in the effort to get the return.   […]

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6 Timely Tips to Help Pay for College

by Kevin Krebs on February 14, 2018 in College Planning


The escalating price of paying for college has hit everyone, regardless of income. Many colleges cost triple or even quadruple what they did in the 1980s.   Further complicating matters is that many families have no idea how schools set their pricing. Consider that two-thirds of students don’t actually pay the sticker, or full price. […]

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Standing Out is a Factor on College Applications

by Jennifer Taylor on February 8, 2018 in College Admissions Counseling


When a 17-year-old Partners For Achievement student recently considered what topic she might write about for her Common Application essay, she instantly thought of her seventh-grade year when her family took time out from their traditional suburban lives and spent the school year living on a sailboat while traveling throughout the Bahamas island chain. The […]

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Need a High School Resume? Here are 8 Reasons Why

by Georgia Boepple on January 23, 2018 in College Planning


Don’t underestimate the power of a well-crafted high school resume. Not only is your high school resume a key part of the college application process, but it also serves as one of the first building blocks of your career. Although putting together your first resume takes time and effort, the payoff is worthwhile. Here are […]

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Summer Programs Benefit College-Bound Students

by Georgia Boepple on January 10, 2018 in College Planning


Whether you’re a freshman or senior in high school, you’ll benefit from summer programs or other life experiences that enrich your interests. It’s an ideal way to home in on a potential college major or simply to further develop a particular skill set.   The options are seemingly limitless.   Many universities in the Midwest […]

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You’ve Been Deferred—Now What?

by Kendall Hayes on December 29, 2017 in College Admissions Counseling


If you’ve been deferred from a university, don’t panic. The world isn’t coming to an end. For some reason, students often get really down following a deferral—they’re so disappointed that it paralyzes them. To that I say: A deferral is infinitely better than a denial. You’re still in the game, and the key is to […]

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Congratulations on Your Early Decision Acceptance! Now, Notify Your Other Schools

by Jennifer Taylor on December 26, 2017 in College Planning Etiquette


An Early Decision acceptance is exciting. But, even before the euphoria wears off, students who plan on attending their Early Decision school (barring any financial aid shortfalls) need to promptly let the other schools applied to know you’re withdrawing your application. Doing so is courteous and helps other schools fill seats for other deserving applicants.  […]

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Acing Scholarship and Honors College Interviews: Part 2 of a 2-Part Series

by Georgia Boepple on December 19, 2017 in College Admissions Counseling


  In this second part of a two-part series discussing college interviews, we take a closer look at how scholarship and honors college interviews differentiate from college admissions interviews.   Just like college admissions interviews, scholarship and honors college interviews give applicants the opportunity to put a face and a voice behind the application while […]

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