Colleges That Change Lives College Fair Scottsdale

August 1, 2017
Go to the College Fair 8/15 http://ctcl.org/scottsdale-az-august-15-2017/ Scottsdale, AZ August 15, 2017 Tuesday, August 15, 2017 7:00 PM Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort Mohave I-Kiva III, Hacienda I-Paloma III Meeting Rooms 5001 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ  85250 The program begins promptly at 7:00 PM with a 30-minute information session. A college fair follows […]

Go to the College Fair 8/15 http://ctcl.org/scottsdale-az-august-15-2017/

Scottsdale, AZ August 15, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 7:00 PM

Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort
Mohave I-Kiva III, Hacienda I-Paloma III Meeting Rooms
5001 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ  85250

The program begins promptly at 7:00 PM with a 30-minute information session. A college fair follows immediately afterwards, lasting approximately 1.5 hours. This program is offered to the public free of charge. No pre-registration is required.

 

Colleges anticipated to be in attendance include:

  1. Agnes Scott College
  2. Allegheny College
  3. Antioch College
  4. Austin College
  5. Beloit College
  6. Birmingham-Southern College
  7. Centre College Cornell College
  8. Denison University
  9. Earlham College
  10. Eckerd College
  11. Emory & Henry College
  12. Goucher College Guilford College
  13. Hampshire College
  14. Hendrix College
  15. Hillsdale College
  16. Hiram College
  17. Hope College
  18. Juniata College
  19. Kalamazoo College
  20. Knox College
  21. Lawrence University
  22. Lynchburg College
  23. Marlboro College
  24. McDaniel College
  25. Millsaps College
  26. Ohio Wesleyan University
  27. Reed College
  28. Rhodes College
  29. Saint Mary’s College of California
  30. Southwestern University
  31. John’s College
  32. Olaf College
  33. The Evergreen State College
  34. University of Puget Sound
  35. Ursinus College
  36. Wabash College
  37. Whitman College
  38. Willamette University
  39. College of Wooster

Go to the fair, ask questions, meet the recruiters, take notes, get their business cards, follow up with a thank you note.

 

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Top 12 Dorm Mistakes

June 30, 2017
Top 12 Dorm Shopping Mistakes Top 12 Dorm Shopping Mistakes With high school graduation behind us, we are turning our focus to the day we will drop our youngest kids off at their freshmen dorms. Though we prefer to stick our heads in the sand and ignore the inevitable, it is time to get them […]

Top 12 Dorm Shopping Mistakes

Top 12 Dorm Shopping Mistakes

With high school graduation behind us, we are turning our focus to the day we will drop our youngest kids off at their freshmen dorms. Though we prefer to stick our heads in the sand and ignore the inevitable, it is time to get them ready for the tiny living spaces that will be their homes away from home. Five years ago, we were rookie moms and made our share of rookie mistakes. Frankly, we bought a lot of crap. This time, with experience on our side, we hope to give you some thoughts on how to approach what might be your last back-to-school shopping trip....in life.

1. NOT a School Supply List

My daughter’s college mailed a “What to Bring” list with seven categories and 82 separate items. Do not treat this like the school supply lists from your child’s elementary school where, scavenger hunt-style, we dutifully checked off each item while wheeling a cart through Staples. Instead, concentrate on basic needs. Anything and everything else can be ordered later online.

2. Dorms are Miniscule

Keep this mantra in mind... Less is More, Less is More. Dorm rooms are tiny, and spaces, shared. There is minimal room for the necessities and no room for extras. Forget oversize.

3. Kids are Pigs

Ever seen a photo of a lived-in college room? Appalled? We are, too. The dorm room you help your kid set up will begin to deteriorate the moment you wave your tearful goodbye. In the next nine months, your son or daughter will welcome friends into that room where every surface will be treated as a chair. Some of the “dorm room essentials” you eagerly purchased in July will be stuffed in corners, unopened, and collecting dust until they are rediscovered in May.

4. The Container Store Savings

Everything about college is expensive, and that includes dorm shopping, so look for some great shopping deals. If you live near one of 50 Container Stores staging a College Savings Event, July 13-27, your son or daughter can attend with a 20 percent off coupon in hand. Look on the Container Store Facebook events page for more info about each location and a downloadable coupon. Some stores will be having special evenings exclusively for collegiate shoppers with tote bags for early arrivers, prizes, music and water and snacks from Whole Foods. There will be a set up for “selfies” and in-store specialists waiting to help.

5. Underbed Space? You Have No Clue

This is the single biggest question mark that your kid may not know the answer to until move in day. So those bed risers you were convinced would be perfect? They don’t work with bunk beds and are unnecessary with many elevated beds. Resist the urge to plan for this space until you know the dimensions.

6. Be Careful with Meds

This is one area where over buying is dangerous. Whenever our teenagers were sick, we knew which analgesic, decongestant, or antihistamine to dole out. We have decades of experience in understanding how over-the-counter medicines should be taken. Our kids do not, and, if we send them off to college with all the meds and none of the wisdom, it is very easy for them to over medicate as they battle their first cold while trying to finish a paper and study for a test. So prescription meds, Band-aids, a thermometer, and Neosporin - yes. But leave out multiple meds that have the same active ingredients. This is on the advice of none other than Dr. Travis Stork of the The Doctors so take it from him if not from us! (BTW, Target will give send you a free first aid kit bag if you purchase three items like Band-aids or headache remedies.)

7. Don’t Buy Crap

Even the most careful kid will be hard pressed to keep their college possessions in good shape as they move in and out of dorm rooms and college apartments for the next four years. Fragile and dainty will become ripped up and broken. Whatever goes in your shopping cart must be judged for durability. Put it back on the shelf if it doesn’t pass muster.

8. Flying or Driving?

There is a fork in the road here and you already know which path you will take with your freshman kid. If you are flying, it will be impossible to bring much more than your child’s clothes, electronics, x-long sheets/comforter, and prescription meds. Seek out the “click and pick up” services from The Container Store, Bed, Bath and Beyond and Target. If you are driving your kid, you may still want to use this service and have a far more comfortable ride.

9. No Room for Luggage

As adults, we are accustomed to traveling with luggage, but we also have closets wherever we land. College kids have minimal storage space, so consider the collapsible duffel bag that is hanging around in your basement as the perfect piece of luggage. When our son began to drive himself back and forth to school, he used garbage bags for luggage which meant he had a starter pack for the trash can when he arrived.

10. One Pillow is Not Enough

Your kid’s dorm bed will function as bedroom/living room/study, and the pillow he sleeps on will not be enough to lean back onto as he studies. Bring a second bed pillow, a large square pillow in a sham, or a backrest pillow to cushion the hard wood or wall.

11. Power Struggle

Your kid will travel to college with a phone, maybe an iPod, a computer, possibly a printer or a lamp, and, if the dorm is not air-conditioned, a fan. Girls will also throw into their bags a blow dryer and hair straightener. All of this translates into a serious need for extra plugs. Do not forget a power strip with surge protection on a long cord. Some of these come with built-in USB port chargers, which can be very handy.

12. Eating not Cooking

A mini-fridge is a real necessity and the single piece of equipment that roommates need to discuss before move-in day. There is space for only one, so rent or buy, decide to share the cost or someone can own outright. Plan on helping your son or daughter get this in-house before you turn off on the highway back home. The summer before my eldest went to college, I had a powerful nesting urge, much like I did 18 years before when I prepared for his nursery. I pored over every dorm room essential, checklist, and must haves at every store with a dorm display. This time my approach is completely different.I will buy two sets of x-long sheets and my daughter will pick out a comforter in a color that she loves. We have an egg crate mattress topper to add to the slim pad that is supplied by the school. She will pack her clothes, shoes, and electronics. Fortunately, she knows the dimensions of the under bed space in her dorm room so we will buy heavy plastic storage drawers to fit. They will double as luggage for our drive. She will bring a poster for the wall with photos of friends, family, and her dog. We know where the closest CVS is for stocking up on the generic supplies. The stores all have college lists, but view them with a discriminating eye. Step stools? Paper towel holders? Lots of extra plastic boxes? Think twice.

Here is what will NOT make the cut:• Alarm clock - there is an app for that.• Furniture - there is no space for a futon or side table or anything decorative.• Kitchen - no toasters or blenders, no dishes, cups, or silverware that must be washed after use.• Media storage - no need for CDs or DVDs, all media comes through her laptop.• Pictures in frames - ditto, just flip open the laptop.• Plants - guaranteed to die.• Cleaning supplies - in our dreams, sadly, college kids don’t clean, so no vacuum, no mop.• Desk Lamp - worth checking first if it is needed.Many rooms have adequate overhead light and computers are backlit.• Composition books, binders, dividers - some of these have gone the way of the dinosaur. Let your kid start class and figure out his own study methods. Many kids prefer to take notes online and have far fewer paper needs than they did in high school. Don’t rush to waste money on a bunch of dead trees.• Desk chair - be very careful here, most colleges provide a chair and you will just end up driving it back home.• Printer - might also be an enormous waste of money. Many schools have networked printers available to students and assignment are often turned in online. Desks do not have much room and the floor is a filthy place for an expensive piece of electronic equipment.

Well worth considering:• Shoe racks for the closet floor or hanging over the closet door. Shoe space is very limited and this creates a bit more.• Closet storage maximizers that hang from the closet bar provide a great place to put sweaters, sweatshirts, or any bulky items.• Fan if the weather/air conditioning suggest the need for it. Compact fans can do a big job in steamy dorm rooms. No need to buy a big one.• Hooks that tape to the wall are handy for jackets, towels, or jewelry to keep things (wishful) off the floor.• Small rugs are worth considering but be wary this may not get vacuumed all year. Small throw rugs that can go into the washing machine might work best.• Shower caddy - first check what the bathroom situation is. If your child is using a large communal bathroom at the end of the hall, this might be a necessity. If the bathroom is close at hand and shared by few, a waste of money.• Mattress pad and bed bug protector - money well spent!• Trash can? Some rooms come equipped, others do not, worth checking first.• Is your child a coffee/tea drinker? A small electric kettle or the mini Keurig might be a big moneysaver if they are used to a couple of daily cups of caffeine.• Towels - consider monogramming or a distinctive color. Basic whites are too easy to mistake for another’s towels.

One final thought about move in day: It will be crowded, it will be hot, and there will be lousy parking. You child will come face to face with her new roommate for the first time and you will also shake hands with your counterparts. Help her make up her bed and pull the sheets snug. Drive her to the nearest store for shampoo and her favorite body wash. Help her stock the mini fridge.Finally, slip her a letter  telling her how proud you are of her and how this day is one you  know she worked hard to achieve. Tell her you love her. Hug her tight and know that it is time for her to take it from here.

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7 Things to Do Before Your Kid Goes to College

June 30, 2017
7 Things to Do Before Your Kid Goes to College Randye Hoder - Jun 12, 2014   For the millions of parents wh   o will send a son or daughter off to college in the fall, this is the summer of lists: making travel arrangements, picking meal plans and ordering linens and other items […]

7 Things to Do Before Your Kid Goes to College

Randye Hoder - Jun 12, 2014

 

For the millions of parents wh

 

o will send a son or daughter off to college in the fall, this is the summer of lists: making travel arrangements, picking meal plans and ordering linens and other items for the dorm.

But two lists, in particular, are of the utmost importance: One will help kids with the realities of being on their own for the first time. The other will prepare them—and you—for the emotional toll of this major milestone.

The first list is practical. As parents, we pride ourselves on getting our kids ready to leave the nest and soar on their own. But then reality sets in—and the kids land with a thump.

I remember feeling like a terrible parent when my oldest, Emma, called home at the beginning of freshman year to ask me how many stamps she needed to mail an envelope and where to buy them.

My good friend, Mindy, says she felt like a failure when her daughter called to ask, “Do you separate laundry by weight?”

Another friend, Ruth, who has seen three children through college, recalled a litany of first-year cluelessness: “How do you know what light bulbs to buy?” “How do I send a box by mail?” “How do I find a dentist?” “I think I broke my foot. Did I?”

Whether such ineptitude is a byproduct of us having overindulged our kids is beside the point. No need to beat yourself up now. Just use this summer to teach a few of life’s basic skills—and save yourself some panicky late-night calls, not to mention feelings of parental inadequacy.

1. Teach them to do laundry and then insist that they do their own—clothing, sheets and towels—for the entire summer. By the time they get to college with a roll of quarters in hand, they’ll have the hang of it.
2. Teach them the basics of banking—how to use an ATM card, how to write a check (or make a payment online), how to deposit money and how to balance their account. As an added bonus, then ask them to teach you how to use Vimeo.
3. Teach them how to navigate public transportation. Most kids go off to college without access to a car, and obviously they won’t have you to schlep them places. If they don’t already know, teach them how to get around on buses, subways and trains, and then take away the car keys for a while so that they gain confidence.
4. Teach them how to cook a few things. While most freshmen are on some kind of meal plan, knowing how to cook at college can come in handy. Many dorms have communal kitchens, and it can be fun to occasionally make a meal and eat with friends. And just in case your kid ends up living off campus at some point, knowing his or her way around the kitchen will be useful. Plus, making a point of cooking and eating together a few times a week over the summer is a nice way of spending time together as a family.

That said, don’t be surprised if the last thing your teen wants to do is hang out with you. As I wrote at the time, the summer before my daughter left for college, she went AWOL. As far as I was concerned, Emma went out with her friends too much, spent too much time at her boyfriend’s house and stayed out way too late.

Over time, I came to understand that Emma’s uncharacteristic rebellion and moodiness were her ways of “soiling the nest.” In order to make it easier for her to leave in the fall, she was going to make my husband and I so miserable that we couldn’t wait for her to go. In other words, she was doing exactly what she was supposed to do—getting ready to grow up and out.

Given all this, emotions can run high, so as promised, here are a few more tips to make it easier to let your son or daughter go:

5. Make sure your grad sets aside some one-on-one time with you, your spouse and any sisters or brothers, and does so regularly through the summer. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it’s fun. (This does not include going to Bed Bath & Beyond to buy stuff for college.) Head on a hike, take a walk on the beach, go out for lunch or coffee, watch a movie—whatever makes sense for your family.
6. If you can manage it, take a family vacation. It doesn’t have to be anywhere fancy (and can even be a long weekend away). My friend Ellie and her husband, David, took their kids on a road trip up the California coast before their eldest went off to college. “All the kids have said it was their favorite trip we ever did,” Ellie says.
7. Buy them one beautiful thing. This advice comes from Lisa Heffernan, cofounder of Grown and Flown, a parenting blog for teens and older children. “This moment, these last days, are worthy of commemorating,” she says. “Do not let them slip by unmarked. Jewelry and watches are traditional choices for senior year, but beauty and meaning, not expense, are the salient factors in this purchase.”

On that front, I indulged Emma—something I don’t usually do. I bought her a somewhat extravagant comforter for her bed at school to make her feel cozy, comfortable and at home. It was my way of tucking her in from afar.

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SAT test tries to one up ACT test and vice verse

April 28, 2017
SAT test tries to one up ACT test and vice verse In 2016, Two Million (2,090,342) took the ACT test with an average composite score of 21 (20.8) out of 36. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/08/24/average-act-scores-drop-more-people-take-test 1,681,134 students in the class of 2016 took the SAT—either the new or old—at least once through June 2016 with an average score of […]

SAT test tries to one up ACT test and vice verse

In 2016, Two Million (2,090,342) took the ACT test with an average composite score of 21 (20.8) out of 36.

1,681,134 students in the class of 2016 took the SAT—either the new or old—at least once through June 2016 with an average score of 1002 out of 1600

An ACT score of 21 is the equivalent SAT score of 1000. So these students are scoring about the same for either test. I always encourage students to take both tests, decide which one you feel stronger about, and then focus on that one test as every college will take either score.

When College Board announced they were “Redesigning” the SAT Test, they also made a critical move to one up ACT as College Board was losing market share to its competitor. College Board dropped the January test date and added an August test date.

In previous years the first test students could take during the school year was the September ACT test. Now College Board offers a new August date to beat or be first taking it from ACT.

As the hilarity of these two competitive companies tries to gain footing to be King of the (Test) Hill, American College Testing just announced a July ACT test date starting July 2018. The test date will be July 14, 2018.

This is great news for students. Prep and study in June over your sophomore-junior summer then take the July 14, 2018 test. These students who are moving into their junior year of high school can potentially be finished with the test by getting the score they want and need. When a student achieves the score they want and need they do not need to take the tests any more.

Now that ACT has this new test date let’s see what College Board does…

Next test dates for the tests.

Next SAT Dates Next ACT Dates
June 3, 2017

August 26, 2017 ⇐ New Test Date

October 7, 2017

November 4, 2017

December 2, 2017

March 10, 2018

May 5, 2018

June 2, 2018

June 10, 2017

September 9, 2017

October 28, 2017

December 9, 2017

February 10, 2018

April 14, 2018

June 9, 2018

July 14, 2018 ⇐ New Test Date

 

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Common App Essay Prompts for 2017-2018

April 27, 2017
2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts <Common App Essay Prompts> 1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change] 2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to […]

2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts

<Common App Essay Prompts>

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]

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You Made Your College Choice: What’s Next?

April 4, 2017
Seniors & High School Graduates! Congratulations!   You have selected the college you will attend: What’s Next? The next few months are going to be busy and exciting as you prepare to go to college. Before you arrive on campus, use the following checklist to make sure you stay on track: Students, check your email […]

Seniors & High School Graduates! Congratulations!  

You have selected the college you will attend: What’s Next?

The next few months are going to be busy and exciting as you prepare to go to college. Before you arrive on campus, use the following checklist to make sure you stay on track:

Students, check your email on  a regular basis!

  • Read and respond promptly to all the information and forms you receive from your college. You’ll need to set up orientation activities, financial aid, housing, meal plans and more, so be careful not to miss any deadlines. Check your email for important information from your college.
  • Send in your tuition deposit to save your place in your college’s freshman class. Sending in your deposit late could cause a serious problem. If the deposit deadline is not clearly listed, contact your college’s admission office to find out the due date.
  • Notify the other colleges that you will NOT be attending. Sample Decline Letter PDF
  • Accept your financial aid offer. This is separate from your college’s acceptance offer. You don’t have to accept the entire financial aid package; you might want to take out a smaller loan, for example. Decide what to accept and then complete and return the form(s) by the deadline.
  • Take care of loan paperwork. If you’re accepting a loan as part of your financial aid package, you’ll probably need to fill out the loan application before the start of the semester. Check your college student portal for information on student loans. General information on loans https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans
  • Choose housing if you won’t be living at home. If you’re going to live in a dorm, your college will send you housing information as well as a contract that you must return. If off-campus housing is an option you’re interested in, contact your college’s housing office for help.
  • Select a meal planif you’re living on campus. (Enrolling in one may be mandatory for on-campus students.) Off-campus students may also have the option of signing up for a meal plan.
  • Send your final transcript to your college. Normally, you’ll just need to confirm that your counselor has mailed it to your college's admission office. Verify that the college recieved it. Very Important!
  • Check computer requirements to see if incoming students need to have a computer. Some colleges may help students buy a computer. Most colleges use the Microsoft Office Suitof programs. Computers can be Apple or Windows based.
  • Start shopping and packing. Think about what you’ll need to bring, where to get it and how to transport it. Making a shopping list is a good starting point. If you need help moving, check out my friends at Dorm Room Movers https://www.dormroommovers.com
  • Contact your roommate if you’ll have one and if your college makes contact information available. This will allow you to get to know your roommate in advance and coordinate with him or her about what to bring to college.
  • Get a physical before college starts. Most incoming college students have to submit the results of a recent physical exam and their vaccination history before they can register for classes.
  • Attend pre-orientation programs, if they’re offered. These programs let first-year students meet one another and can be a great way to ease into campus life.
  • Find out if you have to take placement exams to determine your level in reading, writing, math or other subjects. Your standardized-test scores may enable you to skip some placement exams, but look into testing requirements and exam schedules.
  • Thank your supporters. Your counselors, teachers, coaches, scholarship sponsors and family all probably helped you get to college. Let them know how much you appreciate their efforts.
  • Send me an email every now and then and let me know how you are doing in college. I really do like to hear what's going on in your college life.

If you have any questions, please call or send an email.

 

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Why isn’t the IRS Data Retrieval Tool working?

April 4, 2017
Why isn’t the IRS Data Retrieval Tool working?   IRS Data Retrieval Tool Offline Until the Start of the Next FAFSA Season October 2017. To protect sensitive taxpayer data, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov will be unavailable until the start of the next FAFSA® season, in fall […]
Why isn’t the IRS Data Retrieval Tool working?

 

IRS Data Retrieval Tool Offline Until the Start of the Next FAFSA Season October 2017.

To protect sensitive taxpayer data, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov will be unavailable until the start of the next FAFSA® season, in fall 2017, while extra security protections are added. The IRS DRT provides tax data that automatically fills in information for part of the FAFSA as well as the income-driven repayment (IDR) plan application for federal student loan borrowers.

The IRS DRT was turned off following concerns that data from the tool could be used by identity thieves to file fraudulent tax returns. Once enhancements are made to encrypt or mask the sensitive data, the IRS DRT will be reactivated.

Update: Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Federal Student Aid (FSA) Statement on IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

Privacy Concerns Force Tool to Remain Offline; Students, Parents and Borrowers Should Use Other Options to Provide Financial Data on Applications
MARCH 30, 2017

To protect sensitive taxpayer data, the IRS and FSA announced today the Data Retrieval Tool on FAFSA.gov and StudentLoans.gov will be unavailable until extra security protections can be added. While we are working to resolve these issues as quickly as possible, students and families should plan for the tool to be offline until the start of the next FAFSA season.

Since the tool was disabled in early March due to security concerns, the IRS has been working closely with FSA to safely return the tool to service. "We know this tool is an easy way for students and families working on applications to access their financial data," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "While this tool provides an important convenience for applicants, we cannot risk the safety of taxpayer data. Protecting taxpayer data has to be the highest priority, and we will continue working with FSA to bring this tool back in a safe and secure manner.

"We have heard from students, parents, and the financial aid community that applying for aid is harder without the DRT," said James W. Runcie, Federal Student Aid chief operating officer. "We will do all we can to help students and families successfully submit applications while the tool is unavailable and remain committed to protecting applicants' personal information."

Options Remain Available for Students, Parents and Borrowers

While the Data Retrieval Tool is unavailable, FSA and the IRS remind applicants that online applications are still available and are operable.

The income information needed to complete the FAFSA and apply for an income-driven repayment (IDR) plan can be found on a previously filed tax return.

Students and parents completing a 2016–17 and 2017–18 FAFSA should manually enter 2015 tax information (not 2016). Borrowers applying for an IDR plan should submit alternative documentation of income to their federal loan servicers after they complete and submit the online IDR application. The process for submitting the alternative documentation of income is explained to borrowers as part of the online IDR application. While the Data Retrieval Tool is unavailable, a borrower may submit a paper copy of his or her tax return, copies of pay stubs or other acceptable forms of documentation explained online during the application process

If a copy of the tax return is not readily available, the applicant may be able to access the tax software used to prepare the return or contact their tax preparer to obtain a copy.

If necessary, a summary of a previously filed tax return, called a tax transcript, may be viewed and downloaded from www.irs.gov/transcript at Get Transcript Online, with the proper identity verification. Additionally, Get Transcript by Mail can be accessed online, or the taxpayer can call 1-800-908-9946, and a transcript will be delivered to the address of record within five to 10 days.

IRS Takes Additional Steps to Protect Taxpayers

The IRS is working to identify the number of taxpayers affected by questionable use of the Data Retrieval Tool. Identity thieves may have used personal information obtained outside the tax system to access the FAFSA form in an attempt to secure tax information through the DRT. The IRS continues to review the extent to which this contributed to fraudulently filed tax returns. The IRS has identified instances where our strengthened fraud reviews stopped questionable tax returns by filers who also accessed the DRT.

As the IRS identifies taxpayers with personal information at risk through misuse of the data tool, it is marking and locking down those taxpayer accounts to provide additional protection against an identity thief filing a fraudulent tax return. As an internal review continues, the IRS also is finalizing plans to notify affected taxpayers by mail about possible identity theft concerns. The scope of affected taxpayers is still being determined.

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Popcorn, Penguins and Pop Client Appreciation April 29, 2017

April 4, 2017
Popcorn, Penguins and Pop Client Appreciation April 29   On Saturday April 29, 2017 is AZCollegePlanning.com's client Appreciation Fun Event. I’ve been to several Improv shows presented by The Penguin Players. Every time it was a fun show with tons of hilarity. http://penguinplayers.com So as an appreciation to you, I’m inviting you to come out […]

Popcorn, Penguins and Pop Client Appreciation April 29

 

On Saturday April 29, 2017 is AZCollegePlanning.com's client Appreciation Fun Event.

I’ve been to several Improv shows presented by The Penguin Players. Every time it was a fun show with tons of hilarity. http://penguinplayers.com

So as an appreciation to you, I’m inviting you to come out and see them.

Use the secret pass code to gain free entrance to the show “Penguins are great college roommates!”

Bring a friend who has high school students who are college bound.

This show is for my clients both parents and students and their friends as this will be a family friendly show.

RSVP is required (so I know how much popcorn to pop and how much soda pop to bring!)

Click this link <Penguins!> and let me know if you will be there and how many in your party.

What: Penguin Improv Client Appreciation Fun  Event
When: April 29 Saturday 7:00-8:30 PM (show up a little early to get a good seat)
Where: Dorothy’s Hall at Christ Anglican Church 35500 N Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85377 Google Map https://goo.gl/s60iBB
Who: Clients, parents and  students and bring a friend of clients
Cost: Free with secret pass code.

Be There or Be Penguin2

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College Fair Phoenix Arizona April 30th

April 2, 2017
College Fair Phoenix Arizona April 30th   Please plan on attending the college fair April 30, 2017 Seventy-seven plus colleges will be in attendance. Go to the fair, meet the recruiter, ask questions and follow up. For more info click http://rmacac.org/college-fairs/springphoenix/ Remember to logon to AZCollegePlanning.com and click on Downloads and Resource Center then print […]

College Fair Phoenix Arizona April 30th

 

Please plan on attending the college fair April 30, 2017

Seventy-seven plus colleges will be in attendance. Go to the fair, meet the recruiter, ask questions and follow up.

For more info click http://rmacac.org/college-fairs/springphoenix/

Remember to logon to AZCollegePlanning.com and click on Downloads and Resource Center then print off the top 62 Questions to ask. Highlight or circle the questions that are important to you and ask those questions.

Remember to ask the BIG QUESTION...

the following colleges will be there

  1. Adams State University
  2. American University
  3. Arizona State University
  4. Bradley University
  5. Butte College
  6. Colorado Christian University
  7. Colorado Mesa University
  8. Colorado Mountain College
  9. Colorado State University
  10. Creighton University
  11. Dickinson College
  12. Drake University
  13. FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
  14. Fort Lewis College
  15. Franklin & Marshall College
  16. Gonzaga University
  17. Hamilton College
  18. Lawrence University
  19. Les Roches – Glion
  20. Life University
  21. Lycoming College
  22. Miami University
  23. Missouri University of Science and Technology
  24. Montana State University
  25. Montana State University Billings
  26. Montana Tech
  27. New College of the Humanities
  28. New Mexico Highlands University
  29. New Mexico Military Institute
  30. New Mexico Tech
  31. Northern Arizona University
  32. Northland College
  33. Nova Southeastern University
  34. Oregon State University
  35. Pacific Lutheran University
  36. Pennsylvania State University
  37. Portland State University
  38. Prescott College
  39. Providence College
  40. Purdue University
  41. Regis University
  42. Rocky Mountain College
  43. Saint Louis University
  44. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
  45. Santa Clara University
  46. Seattle University
  47. Sewanee: The University of the South
  48. Simpson College
  49. Edward’s University
  50. Swarthmore College
  51. Texas Christian University
  52. Texas Tech University
  53. The University of Alabama
  54. The University of Arizona
  55. Tulane University
  56. University of Calgary
  57. University of Colorado Boulder
  58. University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  59. University of Colorado Denver
  60. University of Missouri
  61. University of Nevada Las Vegas
  62. University of New Mexico
  63. University of Northern Colorado
  64. University of Puget Sound
  65. University of Richmond
  66. University of the Pacific
  67. University of Utah
  68. University of Wyoming
  69. Utah State University
  70. Utah Valley University
  71. Vanguard University of Southern California
  72. Wabash College
  73. Washington State University
  74. Weber State University
  75. Western Michigan University
  76. Western Washington University
  77. Willamette University

 

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ACT study guide

March 28, 2017
Better ACT scores can increase your scholarships. One of the best ways to increase your scores is pick up a study guide. the OFFICIAL Study Guides are the best. Studies show students who prep using the official study guides 30 to 60 minutes a day, 4 or 5 times a week for a short duration […]

Better ACT scores can increase your scholarships.

One of the best ways to increase your scores is pick up a study guide.

the OFFICIAL Study Guides are the best.

Studies show students who prep using the official study guides 30 to 60 minutes a day, 4 or 5 times a week for a short duration of 2 to 3 months tend to dramatically increase their scores.

Official ACT Prep book http://amzn.to/2nJTpxd

In addition to the study guide also take a practice test. Free ACT Practice Test

and review the online prep videos found under the Test Prep tab. 

Good Luck and let us know how you did.

 

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