CSS Profile Colleges 2016 -2017

September 25, 2015
Participating Institutions and Programs The following colleges, universities, and scholarship programs use PROFILE, Noncustodial PROFILE, and/or IDOC as part of their financial aid process for some or all of their financial aid applicants. Please contact the institution for more information. If you  or your child is applying to any of these colleges, then the CSS […]

Participating Institutions and Programs

The following colleges, universities, and scholarship programs use PROFILE, Noncustodial PROFILE, and/or IDOC as part of their financial aid process for some or all of their financial aid applicants. Please contact the institution for more information.

If you  or your child is applying to any of these colleges, then the CSS Profile must be submitted.

CSS Code Name State PROFILE PROFILE for International Students Noncustodial IDOC
PROFILE
1003 Alabama A&M University AL No No No Yes
1064 Birmingham-Southern College AL No Yes No No
690 10,000 Degrees CA Yes Yes No No
4034 California Institute of Tech CA Yes Yes Yes Yes
4049 California Institute of the Arts CA Yes Yes No No
4054 Claremont McKenna College CA Yes Yes Yes Yes
4341 Harvey Mudd College CA Yes Yes Yes Yes
4392 Marshall B. Ketchum University CA Yes No No No
4581 Occidental College CA Yes No Yes No
4619 Pitzer College CA Yes Yes Yes Yes
4607 Pomona College CA Yes Yes Yes Yes
439 SF Mainliner Scholarship Prg CA Yes No No No
4744 San Francisco Conservatory of Music CA Yes Yes Yes No
4851 Santa Clara University CA Yes No No No
4693 Scripps College CA Yes Yes Yes Yes
265 Stanford U: Grad Sch of Bus CA Yes Yes No No
4704 Stanford University CA Yes Yes Yes Yes
6033 The Minerva Schools at KGI CA Yes Yes Yes No
7152 U of California: San Francisco CA Yes No Yes Yes
4850 Univ of San Francisco CA Yes No Yes No
4852 Univ of Southern California CA Yes No Yes No
4950 Westmont College CA Yes Yes No No
4955 Woodbury University CA Yes No Yes No
4072 Colorado College CO Yes Yes Yes Yes
4842 Univ of Denver CO Yes No Yes Yes
3284 Connecticut College CT Yes Yes Yes Yes
3390 Fairfield University CT Yes Yes Yes No
277 Guilford HS Schol Committee CT Yes No No No
60 Guilford Scholarship Assoc CT Yes No No No
3528 Mitchell College CT Yes No No No
7929 New Canaan HS Schol Foundation CT Yes Yes No No
3712 Quinnipiac University CT Yes No Yes No
3780 Sacred Heart University CT Yes Yes Yes No
3899 Trinity College (CT) CT Yes Yes Yes Yes
3663 Univ of New Haven CT Yes No No No
3959 Wesleyan University CT Yes Yes Yes Yes
3987 Yale University CT Yes Yes Yes Yes
2707 American Councils for Intl Edu DC Yes No No No
540 American Foreign Srvc Assoc SF DC Yes No Yes No
5007 American University DC Yes No Yes No
5104 Catholic University of America DC Yes No Yes No
5587 George Washington U: Law S DC Yes No No No
5246 George Washington University DC Yes Yes Yes No
7306 Georgetown U: Law Ctr DC Yes No Yes No
5244 Georgetown University DC Yes Yes Yes Yes
6202 Reformation Bible College FL Yes No No No
5630 Stetson University FL Yes Yes No No
5815 Univ of Miami FL Yes Yes Yes No
5002 Agnes Scott College GA Yes Yes No No
5059 Berry College GA Yes No No No
140 Emory U: Sch of Medicine GA Yes No Yes Yes
5187 Emory University GA Yes No Yes Yes
5248 Georgia Institute of Technology GA Yes No No No
274 Kamehameha Schools HI Yes No No Yes
6252 Grinnell College IA Yes Yes Yes Yes
1320 Illinois Wesleyan University IL Yes Yes No No
1392 Lake Forest College IL Yes Yes No No
85 National Merit Schol Corp IL Yes No No No
1565 Northwestern University IL Yes Yes Yes Yes
1630 Principia College IL Yes No Yes No
1832 Univ of Chicago IL Yes Yes Yes No
1905 Wheaton College (IL) IL Yes No No No
1166 DePauw University IN Yes Yes No No
1309 Holy Cross College IN Yes No No No
1702 Saint Mary's College IN Yes No Yes No
619 Schol Found of St Joseph Cnty IN Yes No No No
192 Sylvester/Tessie Kaminski Found IN Yes No No No
1841 Univ of Notre Dame IN Yes Yes Yes Yes
1895 Wabash College IN Yes No No Yes
9785 Boyce College KY Yes Yes No No
9856 Southern Baptist Theo Sem KY Yes Yes No No
6832 Tulane University LA Yes Yes Yes No
3003 Amherst College MA Yes Yes Yes Yes
613 Attleboro Scholarship Found MA Yes No No No
3075 Babson College MA Yes Yes Yes Yes
3795 Bard College at Simon's Rock MA Yes No Yes No
3098 Bentley U: Mccallum Graduate MA Yes No No No
3096 Bentley University MA Yes No No No
3107 Berklee College of Music MA Yes No Yes No
3083 Boston College MA Yes No Yes No
3087 Boston University MA Yes No Yes Yes
3092 Brandeis University MA Yes Yes Yes Yes
520 Caroline E. Hill Scholar Fund MA Yes Yes No No
3279 Clark University MA Yes Yes Yes No
3282 College of the Holy Cross MA Yes Yes Yes Yes
3367 Emerson College MA Yes No No No
467 Francis Ouimet Schol Fund MA Yes No No No
3417 Gordon College (MA) MA No Yes No No
3447 Hampshire College MA Yes Yes Yes No
3434 Harvard College MA Yes Yes Yes Yes
3441 Harvard U: Dental Sch MA Yes No No No
672 Marblehead HS Scholarship Fd MA Yes No No No
3514 Massachusetts Inst of Tech MA Yes Yes Yes Yes
3529 Mount Holyoke College MA Yes Yes Yes Yes
3667 Northeastern University MA Yes No Yes Yes
3713 Quincy College MA No No No Yes
3762 Smith College MA Yes Yes Yes Yes
3770 Stonehill College MA Yes Yes Yes No
8865 Tufts U: Sch of Dental Med MA Yes No No No
3901 Tufts University MA Yes Yes Yes Yes
3936 U Mass: Medical School MA Yes No Yes No
3957 Wellesley College MA Yes Yes Yes Yes
3963 Wheaton College (MA) MA Yes No Yes No
3965 Williams College MA Yes Yes Yes Yes
3969 Worcester Polytechnic Inst MA Yes No Yes No
5257 Goucher College MD Yes Yes Yes No
5332 Johns Hopkins University MD Yes Yes Yes Yes
5346 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine MD Yes Yes Yes No
5370 Loyola University Maryland MD Yes No Yes Yes
5598 St. John's College (MD) MD Yes Yes No No
3076 Bates College ME Yes Yes Yes No
3089 Bowdoin College ME Yes Yes Yes Yes
3269 Bridgton Academy ME Yes No No No
3280 Colby College ME Yes No Yes Yes
1001 Adrian College MI Yes No No No
1010 Alma College MI No Yes No No
1295 Hillsdale College MI Yes No No No
1452 Marygrove College MI Yes No No No
1595 Olivet College MI Yes No No No
1839 Univ of Michigan MI Yes No Yes No
6081 Carleton College MN Yes Yes Yes Yes
6253 Gustavus Adolphus College MN Yes Yes No No
6390 Macalester College MN Yes Yes Yes Yes
6638 St. Olaf College MN Yes Yes Yes No
6629 Saint Louis University MO No Yes No No
6929 Washington Univ St. Louis MO Yes Yes Yes No
5150 Davidson College NC Yes Yes Yes Yes
5156 Duke University NC Yes Yes Yes Yes
5183 Elon University NC Yes Yes No No
5816 Univ of North Carolina Chapel NC Yes No No No
5885 Wake Forest University NC Yes No Yes Yes
3351 Dartmouth College NH Yes Yes Yes Yes
3355 Dartmouth College: Thayer Sch NH Yes Yes No No
3748 St. Anselm College NH Yes Yes Yes Yes
517 NARM Scholarship Foundation NJ Yes No No No
9863 Peter G Fagone Mem Schlrshp NJ Yes No No No
696 Ridgewood HS Scholarship Prg NJ Yes No No No
2819 Stevens Institute Technology NJ Yes Yes No No
2519 The College of New Jersey NJ Yes Yes No No
4737 St. John's College (NM) NM Yes Yes No No
2013 Albany College of Pharmacy NY Yes No Yes No
2037 Bard College NY Yes No Yes No
2038 Barnard College NY Yes Yes Yes No
2086 Colgate University NY Yes Yes Yes Yes
2174 Columbia U: Business School NY Yes Yes No No
2116 Columbia University NY Yes Yes Yes Yes
2097 Cooper Union Science and Art NY Yes No No No
2822 Cornell U: C of Vet Med NY Yes No No No
2098 Cornell University NY Yes Yes Yes Yes
2224 Eastman School of Music U of R NY Yes Yes No No
2226 Elmira College NY Yes No No No
2259 Fordham University NY Yes No Yes No
2286 Hamilton College (NY) NY Yes Yes Yes No
1344 Hebrew Union College - CA NY Yes No No No
2290 Hebrew Union College - NY NY Yes No No No
1305 Hebrew Union College - OH NY Yes No No No
2294 Hobart and William Smith Coll NY Yes Yes Yes Yes
206 Horace Greeley Scholarship Fd NY Yes Yes No No
2325 Ithaca College NY Yes Yes No No
149 Joseph Tauber SP - NBF NY Yes Yes No No
2340 Juilliard School, The NY Yes Yes No No
2396 Manhattan School of Music NY Yes Yes No No
2400 Marist College NY Yes Yes No No
2504 New York C of Podiatric Med NY Yes No No No
2785 New York University NY Yes Yes Yes No
2757 Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst NY Yes No No No
2810 Sarah Lawrence College NY Yes Yes Yes No
2815 Skidmore College NY Yes Yes Yes No
2805 St. Lawrence University NY Yes No Yes No
2823 Syracuse University NY Yes No Yes Yes
2920 Union College (NY) NY Yes Yes Yes No
2928 Univ of Rochester NY Yes Yes Yes Yes
2956 Vassar College NY Yes Yes Yes Yes
1105 Case Western Reserve University OH Yes Yes Yes No
1124 Cleveland Institute of Music OH Yes Yes No No
1134 College of Wooster OH Yes No No No
1370 Kenyon College OH Yes No Yes No
1587 Oberlin College OH Yes Yes No No
1906 Wilberforce University OH Yes No No Yes
949 Queen's University at Kingston ON Yes Yes No No
4384 Lewis & Clark College OR Yes Yes No No
4654 Reed College OR Yes Yes Yes Yes
2004 Albright College PA Yes No No No
2049 Bryn Mawr College PA Yes Yes Yes Yes
2050 Bucknell University PA Yes No No No
2074 Carnegie Mellon University PA Yes No Yes Yes
2186 Dickinson College PA Yes Yes Yes Yes
2194 Drexel University PA Yes Yes Yes No
2261 Franklin & Marshall College PA Yes No Yes Yes
2275 Gettysburg College PA Yes No No No
2289 Haverford College PA Yes Yes Yes Yes
2361 Lafayette College PA Yes Yes Yes Yes
2365 Lehigh University PA Yes Yes Yes No
2424 Muhlenberg College PA Yes Yes Yes No
2763 Rosemont College PA No Yes No No
2820 Susquehanna University PA Yes No No No
2821 Swarthmore College PA Yes Yes Yes Yes
2933 Univ of Pennsylvania PA Yes Yes Yes No
2931 Ursinus College PA Yes No No Yes
2959 Villanova University PA Yes Yes Yes Yes
935 McGill University QC Yes Yes Yes No
193 Armenian Student Assoc of Amer RI Yes Yes No No
3189 Brown University RI Yes Yes Yes Yes
3693 Providence College RI Yes No No No
3726 Rhode Island School of Design RI Yes No No No
3729 Roger Williams University RI Yes No No No
5222 Furman University SC Yes Yes No No
4546 New College Franklin TN Yes Yes No No
1730 Rhodes College TN Yes Yes Yes No
1842 Sewanee: The University of the South TN Yes Yes Yes No
1871 Vanderbilt University TN Yes Yes No Yes
670 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine TN Yes Yes No No
6609 Rice University TX Yes Yes Yes Yes
6660 Southern Methodist University TX Yes No Yes No
6619 St. Edward's University TX No Yes No No
6820 Texas Christian University TX Yes Yes Yes No
6831 Trinity University TX Yes Yes No No
6868 Univ of Dallas TX No Yes No No
5115 College of William and Mary VA Yes No No No
186 MES Financial Aid Fund Inc VA Yes Yes No No
2804 Patrick Henry College VA Yes No No No
5569 Univ of Richmond VA Yes Yes Yes Yes
5820 Univ of Virginia VA Yes No No No
5887 Washington and Lee University VA Yes Yes Yes No
3080 Bennington College VT Yes Yes Yes No
3526 Middlebury College VT Yes Yes Yes Yes
4067 Univ of Puget Sound WA Yes Yes No No
4951 Whitman College WA Yes Yes Yes No
1202 Edgewood College WI Yes No No No
1398 Lawrence University WI Yes Yes Yes No
1561 Northland College WI No Yes No No
5272 George E Stifel Schol Fund WV Yes No No No
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Obama Announces FAFSA Change To Make College Aid Decision Earlier And Easier

September 17, 2015
Obama Announces FAFSA Change To Make College Aid Decision Earlier And Easier http://www.forbes.com/sites/troyonink/2015/09/14/obama-announces-fafsa-change-to-make-college-aid-decision-earlier-and-easier/  http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/09/14/440283994/obama-makes-college-aid-application-earlier-and-easier The Obama Administration today announced changes to the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the college aid form that millions of Americans complete each year to be eligible for federal and (sometimes) state or college based aid. The changes become […]

Obama Announces FAFSA Change To Make College Aid Decision Earlier And Easier

The Obama Administration today announced changes to the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the college aid form that millions of Americans complete each year to be eligible for federal and (sometimes) state or college based aid. The changes become effective in October of 2016, which means it will have a big impact on families with high school juniors today, as well as those with younger children.

Under the changes, students who are high school seniors next October (2016) will be able to apply for financial aid for their freshman (academic) year of college in 2017-2018 by submitting the FAFSA in October 2016 using income tax information from their parents’ 2015 tax returns.

This new method is referred to as prior, prior, because students’ college financial aid eligibility will now be based off of income from two years prior to when a student enrolls in college, not one year prior the way the rule has been until today.

Today students complete the FAFSA with the prior year’s income as their so-called base year–meaning the year on which  the first year of college aid is based.  While aid can change through college with a family’s finances, that first year of aid is crucial to the decision of where a student will go to college.  With financial aid deadlines between January and March, high school seniors often must complete FAFSA using estimated income numbers because their parents don’t have their tax returns completed for the prior year. When those tax returns are filed, applicants must then go back and update their FAFSA information. This holds up and complicates the financial aid system for students, parents and colleges, so this change is not only long overdue, but welcome—unless, that is, you have a high school junior and you just sold stocks in 2015 while markets were at all-time highs.

 

You might have sold those stocks in 2015, in part so the capital gains wouldn’t appear as 2016 income and affect your child’s aid eligibility when he or she first filed a FAFSA in January or February of 2017—that is, in the middle of your child’s senior year.  Now, it turns out, those gains will show up on the FAFSA form filed in October of 2016 and could make your expected family contribution toward the cost of college soar, decreasing aid eligibility dramatically. (On the bright side, maybe you sold before the recent stock market correction.)

On a White House conference call this morning,  Secretary of Education Arne Duncan did say that college financial aid administrators have been told to make sure that when this change goes into effect next October it does not negatively impact a student’s eligibility for aid if his or her parents’ income was unusually high in 2015 for some reason. We shall see how that plays out.

The FAFSA is used to determine federal aid: the Pell Grant for low income students, and eligibility for subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford Loans, as well as small state grants.

The bigger question for many Forbes readers is whether or not the College Board will follow suit and use the prior prior year for its CSS Profile form.   This form is used by over 200 private colleges and a handful of flagship public schools–the elite colleges that make up the Forbes Top Colleges list and that of US News—to determine a student’s eligibility for the schools’ own need-based grants and scholarships.  These are more valuable than loans, which must be paid back with interest. A handful of these elite colleges are even committed to covering all need without loans.

As of this writing, the College Board had not responded to a request for comment on whether it too will be switching to the prior, prior year, so stay tuned.  (Note that the CSS does already ask for very basic information on prior prior year income. Colleges don’t use prior prior tax information submitted on the CSS in actual calculation of expected family contribution (EFC), but rather for professional judgment purposes to see if there was a big drop in income form the previous year. It is not intended to negatively impact a student’s eligibility for aid.)

My guess is that the College Board will fall in line with FAFSA to streamline the overall process, making applying for college aid earlier and easier. This should also make decisions about paying for college easier and earlier as well.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a good time to emphasize why 529 college savings plans are the ideal way to save for college for most families, because gains inside 529 accounts are tax-free if the money is used to pay for qualified higher education expenses when the beneficiary of the 529 account goes to college.

So to recap, which income tax year will your child use when he/she goes to college?

If your child enters college in 2016 you will use 2015 income tax information.

If your child enters college in 2017 you will use 2015 income as well.

If your child enters college in 2018 you will use 2016 income tax information, and the process rolls forward each year for future years – 2019 will use 2017 return information.

Let’s not forget, however, that paying for college ultimately is up to the family, with or without financial aid. So families need to be planning many years in advance to pay their share of the cost of college when the time comes, regardless of when they complete college aid forms or what tax year’s income they are based upon.

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Phoenix College Fair 2015

September 11, 2015
Phoenix College Fair 2015 the BIG ONE! Go, meet recruiters, schmooze, gather information on the colleges and Demonstrate Interest! The Phoenix College Fair for 2015 is September 27 Sunday 11AM-3PM. Imagine filling out 100 plus+ forms. I’ve got writers cramps just thinking about it. At the upcoming Phoenix College Fair, almost 200 schools will be represented. […]

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the BIG ONE! Go, meet recruiters, schmooze, gather information on the colleges and Demonstrate Interest!

The Phoenix College Fair for 2015 is September 27 Sunday 11AM-3PM.

Imagine filling out 100 plus+ forms. I’ve got writers cramps just thinking about it. At the upcoming Phoenix College Fair, almost 200 schools will be represented.

Working on your “College Touch Points” is now easier than ever. It used to be that when a student went to a college fair they would take 5 minutes or more filling out contact forms for each college they were interested in. Now a quick scan from a prefilled out form handles all of it electronically.

No need to fill out all the registration cards for dozens of colleges by hand!

Watch this 3 minute video.

Pre-registration is available online at the  following link:

https://www.gotomyncf.com/ <-- Click here to register

Phoenix Convention Center
100 N Third Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Fair Hours: Sunday, Sept 27, 11-3PM

The following colleges will be represented.

College State Country
University of Alaska Southeast AK United States
Samford University AL United States
The University of Alabama AL United States
United States Air Force ROTC AL United States
Hendrix College AR United States
Arizona State University AZ United States
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University AZ United States
Empire Beauty School-NW Phoenix AZ
Northern Arizona University AZ United States
Prescott College AZ United States
The University of Arizona AZ United States
Universal Technical Institute AZ United States
University of Advancing Technology AZ United States
American Jewish University CA United States
California Baptist University CA United States
California Baptist University CA United States
California Lutheran University CA United States
California Polytechnic State University CA United States
California State Polytechnic University Pomona CA United States
California State University-East Bay CA United States
California State University-Fresno CA United States
California State University-San Marcos CA United States
FIDM-The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising CA United States
Marymount California University CA United States
Mills College CA United States
Mount Saint Mary’s University CA United States
Saint Mary's College of California CA United States
San Jose State University CA United States
Santa Clara University CA United States
Santa Monica College CA United States
Soka University of America CA United States
University of California Santa Barbara CA United States
University of California-Davis CA United States
University of California-Irvine CA United States
University of California-Merced CA United States
University of California-Riverside CA United States
University of California-San Diego CA United States
University of California-Santa Cruz CA United States
University of La Verne CA United States
University of Redlands CA United States
University of San Diego CA United States
University of San Francisco CA United States
Vanguard University of Southern California CA United States
Whittier College CA United States
Woodbury University CA United States
Adams State University CO United States
Colorado Christian University CO United States
Colorado Mesa University CO United States
Colorado School of Mines CO United States
Colorado State University CO United States
Colorado State University-Pueblo CO United States
Fort Lewis College CO United States
Regis University CO United States
University of Colorado Boulder CO United States
University of Colorado Colorado Springs CO United States
University of Northern Colorado CO United States
United States Coast Guard Academy CT United States
University of New Haven CT United States
American University DC United States
The Catholic University of America DC United States
University of St. Andrews Fife United Kingdom
Eckerd College FL United States
Florida Institute of Technology FL United States
Nova Southeastern University FL United States
Schiller International University FL United States
Southeastern University FL United States
The University of Tampa FL United States
University of Central Florida FL United States
University of Miami FL United States
Morehouse College GA United States
Savannah College of Art and Design GA United States
Spelman College GA United States
Hawaii Pacific University HI United States
University of Hawaii at Manoa HI United States
Central College IA United States
Coe College IA United States
Cornell College IA United States
Simpson College IA United States
Wartburg College IA United States
Boise State University ID United States
Augustana College IL United States
Augustana College IL United States
Columbia College Chicago IL United States
Concordia University Chicago IL United States
Illinois Wesleyan University IL United States
Loyola University Chicago IL United States
Earlham College IN United States
Purdue University IN United States
Saint Mary's College IN United States
Louisiana State University LA United States
Tulane University LA United States
Assumption College MA United States
Berklee College of Music MA United States
Brandeis University MA United States
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences MA United States
Northeastern University MA United States
Stonehill College MA United States
Albion College MI United States
Michigan State University MI United States
Carleton College MN United States
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota MN United States
St. Olaf College MN United States
Missouri University of Science and Technology MO United States
Saint Louis University MO United States
Stephens College MO United States
Webster University MO United States
Wentworth Military Academy & College MO United States
William Woods University MO United States
Montana State University-Billings MT United States
Montana Tech of The University of Montana MT United States
Rocky Mountain College MT United States
The University of Montana Western MT United States
University of Great Falls MT United States
High Point University NC United States
University of North Dakota ND United States
Creighton University NE United States
Hastings College NE United States
Seton Hall University NJ United States
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology NM United States
New Mexico State University NM United States
Santa Fe University of Art and Design NM United States
The University of New Mexico NM United States
University of Nevada-Las Vegas NV United States
Fordham University NY United States
Hofstra University NY United States
New York Film Academy NY United States
New York Institute of Technology NY United States
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute NY United States
Rochester Institute of Technology NY United States
Sarah Lawrence College NY United States
United States Merchant Marine Academy NY United States
University of Rochester NY United States
University of Rochester NY United States
Miami University OH United States
Oklahoma City University OK United States
Lewis & Clark College OR United States
Oregon Institute of Technology OR United States
Oregon State University OR United States
Pacific University OR United States
Portland State University OR United States
University of Oregon OR United States
University of Portland OR United States
Willamette University OR United States
Arcadia University PA United States
Drexel University PA United States
Lehigh University PA United States
Penn State PA United States
The Art Institutes PA
Villanova University PA United States
Johnson & Wales University RI United States
Salve Regina University RI United States
Mount Marty College SD United States
Presentation College SD United States
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology SD United States
University of Saskatchewan SK Canada
Vanderbilt University TN United States
Southern Methodist University TX United States
St. Edward's University TX United States
St. Mary's University TX United States
Texas Christian University TX United States
Texas State University-San Marcos TX United States
Texas Tech University TX United States
Trinity University TX United States
Snow College UT United States
Southern Utah University UT United States
University of Utah UT United States
Utah State University UT United States
Utah Valley University UT United States
Westminster College UT United States
George Mason University VA United States
Radford University VA United States
Norwich University VT United States
Central Washington University WA United States
Cornish College of the Arts WA United States
DigiPen Institute of Technology WA United States
Eastern Washington University WA United States
Gonzaga University WA United States
Seattle Pacific University WA United States
Seattle University WA United States
Washington State University WA United States
Western Washington University WA United States
Whitworth University WA United States
Marquette University WI United States
University of Wyoming WY United States
Hult International Business School in London United Kingdom
St. Mary's University Twickenham London United Kingdom
University of Glasgow United Kingdom
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Flinn Scholarship Essay Prompts

September 9, 2015
The 2016 Flinn Scholarship application is now available. The deadline to apply is Sunday, October 18, 2015 https://flinnscholarship.communityforce.com/Login.aspx Flinn Scholarship is a competitive undergraduate scholarship awarded to approximately 20 of Arizona’s highest-achieving high school students. Full Ride Scholarships are awarded that can be used at any of the in state Arizona colleges. Students who win […]

The 2016 Flinn Scholarship application is now available. The deadline to apply is Sunday, October 18, 2015

Flinn Scholarship is a competitive undergraduate scholarship awarded to approximately 20 of Arizona’s highest-achieving high school students. Full Ride Scholarships are awarded that can be used at any of the in state Arizona colleges.

Students who win this scholarship typically have high GPAs, high SAT and or high ACT scores, leadership and community service. A well thought out and excellent essay is also required. If the student makes it past the first round, successful interviews secure the scholarship.

Please contact us with assistance with the essay and with the interviews.

 

Flinn essay prompts posted September 2015

Please observe the character and word limits for the short-answer and essay prompts below. Responses are required for all prompts. No outside research or references/bibliographies will be necessary for responses.

Short-Answer Questions

*What is the book--and its author--that has most changed how and what you think? (80 characters)

*Which American woman belongs on Mt. Rushmore? (60 characters)

*What do you wish you were better at being or doing? (60 characters)

*What two adjectives would your friends use to describe you--that you wish weren't true? (60 characters)

*At age 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? (60 characters)

 

Essays

For your response to each essay prompt below, paste the text into the dialog box.

Imagine Arizona 10 years from now. Which significant challenge that you recognize in your state today will have changed for the better? How will that change have taken place? (200 words)

What habit do you have in life that has made the greatest difference in your success? (300 words)

What sets Arizona apart as a state where you can pursue your personal and professional goals? (500 words)

 

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PSAT National Merit Qualifing Frequently Asked Questions

August 28, 2015
So you want to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship competition. The sure fire way to qualify is  to score in the top percentage. While that sounds simple enough it is a good challenge and can be accomplished with preparation and study. Review the test prep material on this website. PSAT National Merit Qualifing Frequently […]

So you want to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship competition. The sure fire way to qualify is  to score in the top percentage. While that sounds simple enough it is a good challenge and can be accomplished with preparation and study. Review the test prep material on this website.

PSAT National Merit Qualifing Frequently Asked Questions

How does a high school student enter the National Merit Scholarship Program?

To enter the competition, a high school student must take the PSAT/NMSQT® at their high school or approved location in the specified year of high school and meet NMSC's published program participation requirements. See "Entering the Competition" for further information.

If a student took the PSAT/NMSQT® as a sophomore, does he/she need to take it again?

Yes, if the student is spending the usual four years in grades 9 through 12. See "Entering the Competition" for further information.

Can a homeschooled student take the PSAT/NMSQT®?

Yes, but the test must be administered at a local high school or approved location. Contact the principal or guidance counselor well in advance of the test day to make arrangements to take the PSAT/NMSQT at that school.

What if a student misses the PSAT/NMSQT®?

A student who misses the PSAT/NMSQT test due to illness, an emergency, or other extenuating circumstance, but meets all other requirements for NMSC program participation, may still be able to enter the competition. See "Entering the Competition"for further information.

What should a student do if his/her PSAT/NMSQT® Score Report Plus has an asterisk next to the Selection Index score, indicating that entry requirements for the National Merit Scholarship Program were not met?

Compare responses to the entry items on the student's score report to the requirements listed on the National Merit® Scholarship Program page. Entry requirements are also listed in the PSAT/NMSQT Official Student Guide. If the student made an error or plans have changed, write immediately to NMSC about it and NMSC will review the student's record.

If the student's PSAT/NMSQT® Score Report Plus does not have an asterisk next to the Selection Index score, indicating that entry requirements for the National Merit Scholarship Program were met, does that mean the student will be recognized in the program?

About 1.5 million students meet entry requirements, but only approximately 50,000 of the highest scoring students receive program recognition. If a student's score qualifies him or her for recognition in the National Merit Program, the student will be notified through his or her high school in September following the PSAT/NMSQT® administration.

How many program participants are honored annually?

A total of about 50,000 participants receive recognition in the National Merit® Program. Approximately 5,000 students were honored in the 2015 National Achievement® Program.

When and how are students notified they are Semifinalists?

Semifinalists are notified through their schools in early September. Semifinalists who are homeschooled are notified at their home addresses. See the National Merit® Scholarship Program page for additional information about the program.

How does a Semifinalist become a Finalist?

Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements, which are provided in the information they receive with their scholarship applications and are also listed in the PSAT/NMSQT® Official Student Guide. These include completing an application, having a consistently very high academic record, writing an essay, being endorsed and recommended by a school official, and taking the SAT® and earning a score that confirms the PSAT/NMSQT performance. Click here to view the Requirements and Instructions for Semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit® Scholarship Program. Click here to view the Requirements and Instructions for Semifinalists in the 2015 National Achievement® Scholarship Program. (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required.) For more information regarding the SAT test, please visit the website of the College Board, which cosponsors the PSAT/NMSQT.

When and how are Semifinalists notified if they have advanced to Finalist standing?

Finalists are notified in early February by mail at their home addresses. See the National Merit® Scholarship Program and National Achievement® Scholarship Program pages for additional details.

How does a Semifinalist/Finalist report a college choice or change?

To report a college choice or change, students must log in to their Online Scholarship Application accounts and click on the “Change College Choice” link. This link is located under Main Menu Item 3, “Maintain Your Personal Information After Your Application is Transmitted to NMSC.” Key dates for college-sponsored award consideration in the National Merit® Program are provided to Semifinalists on page 3 of the Requirements and Instructions for Semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit®Scholarship Program.

 

http://www.nationalmerit.org/prn_faq_competition.php

 

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Redesigned SAT Sample Tests

August 17, 2015
College Board has issued new sample SAT tests for the newly Redesigned SAT test. The new test starts March 2016. Review the SAT question of the day along with practice with sample tests can increase your scores. Also review Module 2. This video shows you how to Beat the Test using specific strategies to arrive […]

College Board has issued new sample SAT tests for the newly Redesigned SAT test. The new test starts March 2016.

Review the SAT question of the day along with practice with sample tests can increase your scores. Also review Module 2. This video shows you how to Beat the Test using specific strategies to arrive at the correct answer faster.

Links to the Redesigned SAT Sample Tests with Answers

  1. http://azcollegeplanning.com/files/redesigned-sat-practice-test-1.pdf
  2. http://azcollegeplanning.com/files/redesigned-sat-practice-test-1-answers.pdf
  3. http://azcollegeplanning.com/files/redesigned-sat-practice-test-1-essay.pdf
  4. http://azcollegeplanning.com/files/redesigned-sat-practice-test-2.pdf
  5. http://azcollegeplanning.com/files/redesigned-sat-practice-test-2-answers.pdf
  6. http://azcollegeplanning.com/files/redesigned-sat-practice-test-2-essay.pdf
  7. http://azcollegeplanning.com/files/redesigned-sat-practice-test-3.pdf
  8. http://azcollegeplanning.com/files/redesigned-sat-practice-test-3-answers.pdf
  9. http://azcollegeplanning.com/files/redesigned-sat-practice-test-3-essay.pdf
  10. http://azcollegeplanning.com/files/redesigned-sat-practice-test-4.pdf
  11. http://azcollegeplanning.com/files/redesigned-sat-practice-test-4-answers.pdf
  12. http://azcollegeplanning.com/files/redesigned-sat-practice-test-4-essay.pdf

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Redesigned PSAT Sample Tests

August 17, 2015
Links to the Redesigned PSAT Sample Tests with Answers http://azcollegeplanning.com/files/redesigned-psat-nmsqt-practice-test-1.pdf http://azcollegeplanning.com/files/redesigned-psat-nmsqt-practice-test-1-answers.pdf Review the SAT question of the day along with practice with sample tests can increase your scores. Also review Module 2. This video shows you how to Beat the Test using specific strategies to arrive at the correct answer faster. Let us know how […]

Links to the Redesigned PSAT Sample Tests with Answers

  1. http://azcollegeplanning.com/files/redesigned-psat-nmsqt-practice-test-1.pdf
  2. http://azcollegeplanning.com/files/redesigned-psat-nmsqt-practice-test-1-answers.pdf

Review the SAT question of the day along with practice with sample tests can increase your scores. Also review Module 2. This video shows you how to Beat the Test using specific strategies to arrive at the correct answer faster.

Let us know how you did.

 

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Words to avoid in your college essay

July 8, 2015
Students tend to use vague word when they are writing their essay as well as in the descriptions of the activities. Don’t use vague words. Word to avoid are: Many Numerous Frequently Various Countless or any other vague ambiguous word Be specific. Don’t say “I helped at many carwash fundraising events.” If you helped fund-raise […]

Students tend to use vague word when they are writing their essay as well as in the descriptions of the activities.

Don’t use vague words.

Word to avoid are:

  • Many
  • Numerous
  • Frequently
  • Various
  • Countless
  • or any other vague ambiguous word

Be specific. Don’t say “I helped at many carwash fundraising events.” If you helped fund-raise at five different carwashes, then say that.

 

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how to apply for student loans

July 6, 2015
How to apply for student loans Create a FSA ID and password (double check your password) Use this link to create an account https://fsaid.ed.gov Your username will not expire. Your password must be changed every 18 months. If you log in and your password has expired, you will be required to change your password. Once […]

How to apply for student loans

  1. Create a FSA ID and password (double check your password)
    • Use this link to create an account https://fsaid.ed.gov
    • Your username will not expire. Your password must be changed every 18 months. If you log in and your password has expired, you will be required to change your password. Once you change your password, you will need to log in with your new password.
    • It takes one to three days to confirm your FSA ID information with SSA. You will receive an e-mail when this is complete. Once SSA confirms your information, you will be able to use your FSA ID for all FAFSA tasks, such as starting a FAFSA or making a correction, as well as with other Federal Student Aid Web sites such as StudentLoans.gov, NSLDS.ed.gov, StudentAid.gov and teach-ats.ed.gov.
  2. Go to StudentLoans.gov, click on My Account
  3. Log in with your FSA ID and Password
  4. Click on “Complete Counseling” and follow the prompts.. *note there are several tab that must be filled out to move on to the next section.
  5. On the next page click "Entrance Counseling” then follow the prompts
  6. Add the college you are/will be attending
  7. Click on “Financial Awareness Counseling” and follow the prompt
  8. On the main page click on “Complete a Master Promissory Note” and follow the prompts. (click the “My Account” button to return to the main page, if necessary.
  9. Click “Complete” button and follow prompts
  10. Click the Submit button
  11. Reach out to the college recruiter contact and let them know you have finished Loan counseling and signed the MPN.
  12. Repeat this process for the Parent PLUS Loan

Please note: This is the first step. You will need to accept the loan on the college’s website and specify the dollar amount you need.

 

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Federal Government Reduces Educational Loan Interest Rates

June 29, 2015
Bad News and Good News First the good news: Recently while the media went into a frenzy with their best Chicken Little impersonation selling their doom and gloom claiming that educational loan interest rates would double. The Federal Government just announced that federally backed educational loan interest rates would go down. Over the board all […]

Bad News and Good News

First the good news:

Recently while the media went into a frenzy with their best Chicken Little impersonation selling their doom and gloom claiming that educational loan interest rates would double. The Federal Government just announced that federally backed educational loan interest rates would go down. Over the board all of these loans dropped .37%.

This means parents that use the PLUS loan to borrow for their children will pay 6.84%, instead of 7.21%. Parents that borrow $20,000 loan during the 2015-2016 school year will save around $558 in interest on a 10-year repayment plan.

Loan Type Borrower Type Loans first disbursed on or after 7/1/14 & before 7/1/15 Loans first disbursed on or after 7/1/15 & before 7/1/16
Direct Subsidized Loans Undergraduate 4.66% 4.29%
Direct Unsubsidized Loans Undergraduate 4.66% 4.29%
Direct Unsubsidized Loans Graduate or Professional 6.21% 5.84%
Direct PLUS Loans Parent PLUS Loan Parents and Graduate or Professional Students 7.21% 6.84%

*Perkins Loans (regardless of the first disbursement date) have a fixed interest rate of 5%.

So that is the good news, educational loan interest rates are reduced. Maybe they are anticipating another crash. Time will tell.

On to the Bad News:

While the Feds announced the lower interest rate they have also reduced the Income Asset Protection Allowance by a bewildering 85%. Headlines read: Feds reduced the Financial Aid Asset Protection Allowance by 85%!

Some basics on financial aid, the income protection allowance (IPA) is a modest allowance for basic living expenses( or your emergency funds). The IPA or Asset Protection is a dollar amount of money that is not counted in the financial aid formula. The federal government says that a family of 4 is allowed to have $XXXX. in savings, checking and other exposed assets. Every dollar above this number is calculated into the Expected Family Contribution number thus reducing the aid given.

If a family of 4 has $20,000 above the asset protection allowance, then that $20,000 of exposed money will reduce the amount of aid the student is eligible to receive.

With the age of the older parent at 45 and married; the protection allowance is $6,300. At age 46 the allowance is $6,400, at 50 it is $7,100 at 55 it is $8,100 etc.

Last year the Protection Allowance for a married family with the older parent age 45, it was $30,700. Last year a family that had $30,699 in their checking/saving account was below the protection allowance threshold. This year this same family now has $24,399 of exposed money that will reduce their aid package by 10% to as much as 20%. This family will receive 10% less financial aid and will be forced to take out more educational loans.

It is more important than ever to reduce your exposed assets and move the money into sheltered products just so that you can get what you should have received.

This makes me angry! While diligent families do their best to save for college it only backfires because the money they saved was exposed and counts against them. You must learn how the financial aid system works so that you can legally and ethically take advantage of the system while you stack the deck in your favor. Yes, save money for college but it must be done in such a way that it does not hinder your chances or reduce your overall aid package.

Ask me in person or off line why the federal government is doing this. Without stirring up a hornets’ nest, you’ll be shocked to find out the real reason.

Get your [financial] house in order so that your student qualifies for everything they are entitled and graduate debt free or near debt free. Contact me now.

 

 

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