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    7 FAFSA Musts from the Department of Education

    by Dan Farnesi on September 29, 2017 in FAFSA


    There are several important things to know before filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for the 2018-19 school year. The filing period runs from Oct. 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019, and here’s what students (and in some cases, parents) will need in order to complete the process, courtesy of […]

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    Chicago Area Fall College Fairs

    by Will Wagner on September 14, 2017 in Dates and Deadlines


    ’Tis the season to try to make sense out of the heavily populated college landscape. Fortunately, there’s plenty of help out there. Here’s a list of upcoming fall 2017 college fairs in the Chicago area for you to mark on your calendar:   CHICAGO PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS COLLEGE FAIR When: Oct. 3, 6:30–9 p.m. […]

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    11 Essential Tips for Hitting the College Fairs

    by Will Wagner on September 14, 2017 in College Planning


      College fairs can be a great resource to help evaluate your school options. Here are 11 Essential College Fair Tips from Partners For Achievement.   Find out which colleges will be at the college fair and make a list of the schools you are interested in. Make a list of questions beforehand. Fill out […]

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    1,001 (and then some) Backpacks for Haiti

    by Will Wagner on September 7, 2017 in PFA News


      Wow! Thank you donors and PFA students so much for what we accomplished. On August 6, PFA and the Haiti student committee prepared backpacks and school supplies to go to Haiti. Here are the results: 1,487 Total backpacks and drawstring bags    582 Pounds of school supplies Thank you all for making a powerful […]

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    How to decipher college application deadlines

    by Kevin Krebs on August 27, 2017 in College Admissions Counseling


    The many types of college application deadlines can be terribly confusing for students and their parents. But once you figure out what all these deadlines mean, you can use them to your advantage by formulating a plan. Application strategy is a huge part of the process. As soon as students finalize their list of schools, […]

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    How to answer “Why this college?” supplemental essays

    by Kevin Krebs on August 12, 2017 in College Essays


    “Why this college?” seems like a simple question, but it usually proves to be the most difficult of supplemental essays for students.   Everyone’s natural inclination is to regurgitate facts about the school. Students tend to write sentences that have little insight, such as, “You have a gorgeous campus” or “I love that you are […]

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    Upcoming SAT/ACT Registration Deadlines

    by Will Wagner on July 26, 2017 in Standardized Tests


      SAT Reminder: The next SAT registration deadline is July 28, 2017, for the Aug. 26, 2017, testing day. The late registration deadline for online registration is Aug. 15.  Registration is available online at the College Board website. Click here for more information on registering for the SAT.   SAT Subject Tests Students may also […]

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    How to Narrow Your College List

    by Kevin Krebs on July 26, 2017 in Building a College List


    As you enter your junior year in high school, your college list likely will be unfocused and way too large. Most students wind up applying to six to eight schools, and narrowing your list to that range takes self-reflection. You have to be honest in assessing the type of person you are and what you […]

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    1,001 Backpacks for Haiti

    by Dan Farnesi on July 14, 2017 in PFA News


    In March of 2017, my wife, Janet, and I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti on a mission trip to learn about the people of Haiti and how we may help them overcome extreme poverty. Wow! What an experience. We learned a number of great things, including Haitians are resilient; the opposite of poverty […]

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    Brainstorming College Application Essays

    by Kevin Krebs on July 13, 2017 in College Essays


    Dread it or love it, college application essays are a crucial aspect in applying to colleges.   Your essay provides an important opportunity for you in the college admissions process, bringing a one-dimensional application to life and differentiating you from other applicants. Particularly for the more selective schools, your college application essays carry as much […]

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