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What About that Free Community College Tuition Plan?

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President Barack Obama’s free community college plan would help students who have the greatest difficulty repaying their student loans, despite the already-low price of a two-year degree, Fortune.com reports.
The student loan default rate for community college students is more than twice that of four-year college students, even though their average annual tuition is $3,347, compared to more than $9,000 for public four-year schools, in state, and more than $31,000 for private schools.
For community college students who take out student loans, the average debt load is $10,000.

Also check out the Fortune article here

Alzheimer’s Scholarship deadline 2/15/15

 

Afateens.org is offering a $5000 scholarship to college students who write an essay on how Alzheimer’s has changed their lives.

The application is available here.  Hurray as the deadline is 2/15/15.

 

Check out video tours of colleges!

Definitely take a look at youniversitytv.com to check out college tours of schools that you may be interested in.  Here’s a way to check out some schools in advance of visiting them.

 

Top 10 Minority Scholarships for College in 2015

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Here’s the information about 10 great minority scholarships for 2015.  Now go apply!

#1 – Tom Joyner Foundation “Full Ride” Scholarship: Awards a full scholarship to one student to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors with high academic records. The deadline to apply is in January 2015.

#2 – The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (The Bill Gates Scholarship): Awards scholarships each year to African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American students who plan to enroll full-time in a two-year or four-year college or university program. The deadline to apply is in January 2015.

#3 – Burger King Scholars Program: Designed to help high-school seniors who are looking to start college next year. Annually, the program awards more than $1.4 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students. Applicants must be residents of the United States or Canada, and must be graduating high school seniors. The deadline to apply is in December 2014.

#4 – Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund For Women: Aims to ease the financial burden to students and increase the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine. Also, champions greater inclusion of multicultural women in the nursing and medical industries. The deadline to apply is in December 2014.

#5 – Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program: Gives high school students who are active it sports and in their communities, as well as outstanding students, an opportunity to win a $20,000 college scholarship. Students must be planning to attend a four-year college. The deadline to apply is in December 2014.

#6 – Ron Brown Scholar Program: Provides scholarship awards to African-American high school seniors who are excelling in their academics, exhibiting exceptional leadership potential, and actively serving in community service activities. The deadline to apply is in January 2015.

#7 – Dell Scholars Program: Recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their educations, and are now serving as positive role models in their communities. Awards hundreds of scholarships each year annually, and since 2004, has given away more than $31 million in college funding. The deadline to apply is in January 2015.

#8 – Generation Google Scholarship For Minorities, Women and Disabled Students: Helps minority students who plan to attend college and study computer science and technology. Eligible students must be African American, Hispanic, American Indian, female, or one who has a disability. Deadline is in January 2015.

#9 – United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarships: Provides extraordinary amounts of scholarship opportunities for minority students with financial need. Scholarships include educational assistance for students attending participating Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCU) and other colleges as well. The deadlines to apply varies.

#10 – Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships For Minority Students: Gives financial aid awards to Black, Hispanic and Asian eligible high school students with high academic performance and community service as well as financial need. The deadline to apply is in January 2015.

These scholarships are available here.

When Should you take the ACT?

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What should I do?

My advice to students applying to competitive colleges is to take the ACT once in the spring of junior year and once in the fall of senior year.

However, the best time to take the ACT depends on a variety of factors: the schools to which you’re applying, your application deadlines, your cash flow and your personality.  Your score does not always improve by taking the test multiple times.

The ACT is offered six times in a year: September, October, December, February, April and May.

If you’re a senior applying early action or early decision, you’ll want the September exam. Scores from exams later in the fall may not reach colleges in time.

If you’re a junior you have several options. One is  to wait until senior year — there’s no requirement to take the exam junior year, and taking the exam more than once doesn’t always have a measurable benefit. If you’re applying to one of the country’s top universities or top colleges, it probably is a good idea to take the exam in the spring of junior year. Doing so allows you to get your scores, compare them to the score ranges in the college profiles, and see if taking the exam again in senior year makes sense. By testing junior year, you have the opportunity to use the summer to take practice exams, work with me through ACT preparation or take an ACT prep course either in person or online.

As a sophomore it is not necessary to take the ACT but you may want to work through a practice test just to see how you would do.  Remember to take sufficient math courses in order to answer the trigonometry questions in the math section.  Many students do not take trig but wish they would have later on.

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ACT Test Dates

Test Date                                Reg. Registration                                                 Late Registration

12/13/2014 11/7/2014 11/21/2014
2/7/2015 1/9/2015 1/16/2015
4/18/2015 3/13/2015 3/27/2015
6/13/2015 5/8/2015 5/22/2015

SAT Dates Coming Up in Late 2014 and 2015

Test Date Tests Offered Regular Registration Closes Late Registration Closes
Dec. 6, 2014 SAT & Subject Tests Nov. 6 Nov. 24
Jan. 24, 2015 SAT & Subject Tests Dec. 29 Jan. 13
March 14, 2015 SAT only Feb. 13 March 3
May 2, 2015 SAT & Subject Tests April 6 April 21
June 6, 2015 SAT & Subject Tests May 8 May 27

College Application Boot Camp

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I will be offering a college application boot camp during the winter break.  The location will be West Boynton Beach.

The boot camp will cover essay writing, resume writing and application strategies.   All students will receive follow-up materials to help them throughout their search.

Contact me for more information nancy at decision learn.com.

 

 

What can an College Consultant do for You?

via Higher Educaton Consultants

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How Can An Educational Consultant Help Your Family?

A professional educational consultant works one-on-one with each student, helping to identify colleges and universities that offer the best matches for the student’s unique needs, and keeping the student on track through every phase of the college application process.

A consultant can help your family with:
High School curriculum planning. A consultant can help students make smart choices about their high school courses so that they stay on track for college admissions.
College admissions profile assessment. Although no consultant can guarantee admission to any individual college, a consultant can help your child identify their strengths as an applicant.
College selection. A consultant can assist your child in finding the colleges and universities which best match their interests, personality, needs and admissions profile.
College entrance exams. A professional consultant can answer questions about which college entrance exams are most appropriate for your child and when to schedule testing. Some consultants also provide assistance with test preparation.
College applications and essays. A consultant works with each student to establish a realistic schedule for staying on top of application details and deadlines. Consultants may also review application elements, including essays.
Majors and Careers. Students often benefit from guidance in choosing majors and careers that are a good fit, as well as information about which colleges offer strong programs in areas of interest.
Financial Aid. Many families worry about how to pay for college expenses. A consultant can help your family navigate these concerns, while pointing your family in the direction of financial aid and merit scholarship opportunities.
Help from a non-biased third party so that you and your child can focus on enjoying this time together, rather than arguing about completing college applications

College Counseling Including Unlimited Essay Writing Critique

High School Juniors, Seniors and Parents,

I will walk you carefully through the entire college admissions process including essays, acceptances and scholarships!  I will only take a limited number of students so you receive personalized attention.  Don’t become a number in a class.  Stand up and stand OUT!

I can be reached by email through this site.  Assistance is available in person (South Florida),  by Skype or Ichat.

Make this school year GREAT!

 

Nancy

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