Christian College Fair

September 10, 2012
Scottsdale Christian Academy SCA 4400 N Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix, is hosting the National Christian College Fair from 6 PM to 8 PM see the website for more information (47 colleges will be in attendance, up from last year's 34!) And for those of you who live in the east valley, Valley Christian High School will […]

Scottsdale Christian Academy SCA 4400 N Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix, is hosting the National Christian College Fair from 6 PM to 8 PM see the website for more information (47 colleges will be in attendance, up from last year's 34!)

And for those of you who live in the east valley, Valley Christian High School will be hosting this year's Christian College Fair.

  1. October 22 2012 East Valley Phoenix at Valley Christian High School 6-8PM -VCHS 6900 W. Galveston Street, Chandler, Arizona
  2. October23 2012 Northeast Phoenix at Scottsdale Christian Academy 6-8PM SCA 4400 N Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix
  3. October 25 2012 Tucson at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy 6-8 PM - PRC 9500 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ

 The following schools will be represented:

  1. Abilene Christian University -Abilene, Texas
  2. Anderson University-IN -Anderson, Indiana
  3. Arizona Christian University -Phoenix, Arizona
  4. Azusa Pacific University -Azusa, California
  5. Bethel University -St. Paul, Minnesota
  6. Biola University -La Mirada, California
  7. California Baptist University -Riverside, California
  8. Calvin College -Grand Rapids, Michigan
  9. Cedarville University -Cedarville, Ohio
  10. Colorado Christian University -Lakewood, Colorado
  11. Concordia University-CA -Irvine, California
  12. Concordia University-NE -Seward, Nebraska
  13. Concordia University-OR -Portland, Oregon
  14. Dordt College -Sioux Center, Iowa
  15. Fresno Pacific University -Fresno, California
  16. George Fox University -Newberg, Oregon
  17. Goshen College -Goshen, Indiana
  18. Hope International University -Fullerton, California
  19. IMPACT 360 -Pine Mountain, Georgia
  20. John Brown University -Siloam Springs, Arkansas
  21. LeTourneau University -Longview, Texas
  22. Lipscomb University -Nashville, Tennessee
  23. Lubbock Christian University -Lubbock, Texas
  24. Moody Bible Institute -Chicago, Illinois
  25. North Park University -Chicago, Illinois
  26. Northwest University -Kirkland, Washington
  27. Northwestern College-IA -Orange City, Iowa
  28. Oklahoma Baptist University -Shawnee, Oklahoma
  29. Oklahoma Christian University -Edmond, Oklahoma
  30. Point Loma Nazarene University -San Diego, California
  31. Providence Christian College -Pasadena, California
  32. San Diego Christian College -El Cajon, California
  33. Seattle Pacific University -Seattle, Washington
  34. Simpson University -Redding, California
  35. Southeastern University -Lakeland, Florida
  36. The College at Southwestern -Fort Worth, Texas
  37. The King’s College -New York, New York
  38. The Master’s College -Santa Clarita, California
  39. Trinity Christian College -Palos Heights, Illinois
  40. Union University -Jackson, Tennessee
  41. Vanguard University -Costa Mesa, California
  42. Warner Pacific College -Portland, Oregon
  43. Westmont College -Santa Barbara, California
  44. Wheaton College -Wheaton, Illinois
  45. Whitworth College -Spokane, Washington
  46. William Jessup University -Rocklin, California

 

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Common Application Essay Prompts

September 6, 2012
The essay is your chance to stand out and shine. A great essay outlines your character, personality and personal traits. It should follow the word count requirements.

Common Application (Common App, CommonApp.org) Essay Prompt https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/Docs/DownloadForms/2013/2013AppFY_download.pdf 

Most colleges require an essay to be included in the application. The essay is your chance to stand out and shine. Your essay should be an extension of your application while supporting your extracurricular achievements and outline your intended major.

Regardless of the essay prompt the main factor is the underlining question, “tell us about you”, “who are you?”.

A great essay outlines your character, personality and personal traits. It should follow the word count requirements. The common application essay requirements are 250 – 500 words. Do not write an essay that is 249 words and do not write an essay that is 501 words.

An essay that is less than the minimum or more than the maximum shows that a student cannot follow directions. Your application and essay should show your best side. Part of that best side includes following directions.

The essay should point out specific characteristics that the college should know about you.

In essence, the essay should be the equivalent of a sales letter “selling” your best side, an “I’m awesome because of X”.

A great essay cannot be written in one sitting. It must be written, re-written and read to correct all punctuation, spelling and grammatical errors. The context of a great essay is something that should be pondered and considered before committing to a final draft.

Choose one of the essay prompts and start your draft.

A popular topic for the essay is: Who influenced you and how did it affect you. Many students choose this topic and typically write about a family member that they admire. Do not write an essay about how awesome your grandparent is because of this or that but write an essay that says my grandparent is awesome and then I did X. The essay should be about YOU not your grandparent. The college wants to admit you not your grandparent.

A well written essay can answer multiple prompts. While not every college uses the Common App, the essay prompts will most likely be similar. You may have to tweak your essay a little bit at the beginning or end of the essay to answer the prompt. (You can use the Common App's essay prompts and start early writing your essay. )

On that point, verify that your essay actually answers the prompt you selected.

One last point, read the essay out loud. If it sounds okay then it probably is. If the essay sounds funny, there are probably errors that need to be corrected.

From Common App website:

Please write an essay of 250 – 500 words on a topic of your choice or on one of the options listed below, and attach it to your application before submission. Please indicate your topic by checking the appropriate box. This personal essay helps us become acquainted with you as a person and student, apart from courses, grades, test scores, and other objective data. It will also demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself. NOTE: Your Common Application essay should be the same for all colleges. Do not customize it in any way for individual colleges. Colleges that want customized essay responses will ask for them on a supplement form.

  1. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
  2. Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
  3. Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
  4. Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
  5. A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
  6. Topic of your choice.

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University of Arizona Personal Statement Essay Prompt

September 6, 2012
University of Arizona - Personal Statement: A personal statement is our best means of getting to know you and your best means of putting your academic performance and activities in the context of your life.

University of Arizona Personal Statement Prompt

The University of Arizona's (Arizona.edu) application requirement includes an essay or commonly referred to as a Personal Statement.

The main factor with this Personal Statement is the underlining questions, “tell us about you”, “who are you?”.

A great Personal Statement outlines your character, personality and personal traits. It should not be very long. The statement should point out specific characteristics that the college should know about you.

In essence, the Personal Statement should be the equivalent of a sales letter “selling” your best side, an “I’m awesome because of X” statement.

A great Personal Statement final draft cannot be written in one sitting. It must be written, re-written and read to correct all punctuation, spelling and grammatical errors. The context of a great Personal Statement is something that should be pondered and considered before committing to a final draft.

One last point, read the Personal Statement out loud. If it sounds okay then it probably is. If the Personal Statement sounds funny, there are probably errors that need to be corrected.

 

From UA’s application:

Personal Statement - For All Freshman Applicants:

A personal statement is our best means of getting to know you and your best means of putting your academic performance and activities in the context of your life. There are no "wrong" answers. When you write your personal statement, tell us about those aspects of your life that are not evident from your academic record. Because personal statements are brief, they usually focus on one aspect of a student’s life. For example, you could focus on a character-defining moment, a cultural awareness, a challenge faced, family background or cultural heritage, individual talents, academic commitment, or extracurricular activities. Tell us what you would like us to know about you in considering you for admission and/or scholarships.

 

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Do your senior year grades matter?

August 27, 2012
Your senior year grades matter. A student of mine, whom we'll call James (name changed to protect the guilty) applied to the University of Arizona and was admitted based on his junior year transcripts. The abbreviated story is that he got senioritis really bad. His GPA dropped and UA removed all his scholarships. Worst case […]

Your senior year grades matter.

A student of mine, whom we'll call James (name changed to protect the guilty) applied to the University of Arizona and was admitted based on his junior year transcripts. The abbreviated story is that he got senioritis really bad. His GPA dropped and UA removed all his scholarships. Worst case scenario is that the student could have been denied admission even after receiving an acceptance letter.

About 100 students received the F.O.G. “Fear of God” letter from a prestigious university in Texas. This letter stated that they may or may not admit the student based on the poor performance their senior year.

It is not uncommon for colleges to rescind the admission decision or reduce the amount of scholarships because of poor performance in the senior year.

“It is one of the hardest things to send a letter asking for an explanation,” Lee Ann Afton, dean of admission and financial aid at Sewanee: The University of the South, wrote. “Fortunately we don’t have too many students who just stop studying completely, but if the drop is too extreme, we will rescind our offer of admission. I always remind students that every letter of acceptance has the sentence about the offer of admission is contingent on successful completion of high school work.”

Here is an article in the New York Times about this very subject.

The moral of the story is finishing the race strong. Don’t get senioritis of you may get F.O.G.’d.

 

 

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CEEB code for Home School

August 22, 2012
The CEEB Code for college applications for Home School Students is 970000.

The CEEB Code for college applications for Home School Students is 970000.

This code may be required will filling out College Applications, or for requesting information from the institution or for registering for events such as college fairs.

The Common Application, AKA Common App, www.CommonApp.org has a link to look up the CEEB code. In the pop up window is another link specifically for home school students. This will auto fill the Common App with 999999.

College Board's home school code is 970000. This is used for the SAT tests, SAT Subjects test, AP tests.

ACT's CEEB  Code for home school students is 969-999. This is for the ACT test and the Plan test.

 

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2012, 2013 Common Application Preview

June 18, 2012
The 2012/13 Common App Preview is currently available. There are a couple minor changes. The changes are negligible and noted via highlight. Here is the link. https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/Docs/DownloadForms/2012/2012-13FY-FinalHighlightedPreview.pdf The live version will most likely be ready August 1st. The Common Application (informally known as the Common App) is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of […]

The 2012/13 Common App Preview is currently available.

There are a couple minor changes. The changes are negligible and noted via highlight.

Here is the link.

https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/Docs/DownloadForms/2012/2012-13FY-FinalHighlightedPreview.pdf

The live version will most likely be ready August 1st.

The Common Application (informally known as the Common App) is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of 456 member colleges and universities in the United States.

Here is a link to a list of colleges that use the Common App. The advantage to this website is that students can fill out one application and have it go to several College App Member colleges. https://www.commonapp.org/commonapp/members.aspx.

 

 

 

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Student Loan Interest Rate to Double

June 8, 2012
Hidden inside the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), informally referred to as Obamacare are outlines on how to pay for this program through the acquisition of student loan interest payments and student loan fees. Currently the total student loan balance has superseded $1 Trillion dollars. And interest rates for student loans are about […]

Hidden inside the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), informally referred to as Obamacare are outlines on how to pay for this program through the acquisition of student loan interest payments and student loan fees.

Currently the total student loan balance has superseded $1 Trillion dollars.

And interest rates for student loans are about to reset.

Unless Congress works out a deal, interest rates on federal student loans will double for more than 7 million students this July. Tell Washington to stand up for students:

http://bit.ly/dontdoublemyrates <-- Click this link for more info.

While we need healthcare, we don’t need it at the expense of our children.

 

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Colleges with some seats still open as of May 2012

May 16, 2012
If you didn’t get in or you are a late start. There is still hope and some options. Here is a list of 436 Colleges that still have limited space. These colleges are looking to still fill their rosters. Just release May, 2012. Need help contact me! Institution Name State Contact Person Phone Number Agnes […]

If you didn’t get in or you are a late start. There is still hope and some options. Here is a list of 436 Colleges that still have limited space.

These colleges are looking to still fill their rosters.

Just release May, 2012. Need help contact me!

Institution Name State Contact Person Phone Number

  1. Agnes Scott College GA Alexa Gaeta 404.471.6423
  2. Albertus Magnus College CT Richard lolatte 203-773-8501
  3. Albion College MI Nicholas Clements 800-858-6770
  4. Albright College PA Chris Boehm 610-921-7700
  5. Alliant International University CA James Ellis 858-635-4694
  6. AMDA - The American Muiscal and Dramatic Academy NY and LA NY Charlotte Francovalle - NY, Karen Jackson - LA 800-367-7908
  7. American College Dublin Ireland Damien O' Farrell 35316768939
  8. American International College MA Linda Dagradi 413.205.3270
  9. American Jewish University CA Matt Spooner 310-440-1250
  10. Anderson University SC Pam Ross 864-328-1835
  11. Anoka Technical College MN LeAnn Brown 763-576-7484
  12. Aquinas College TN Connie Hansom 615-297-7545
  13. Arcadia University PA Collene Pernicello 215-572-2840
  14. Arizona State University AZ 785 965 7788
  15. Art Academy Of Cincinnati OH Gregory Stewart 5135628744
  16. Asbury University KY Lisa Harper 800-888-1818
  17. Augustana College SD Nancy Davidson 605-274-5502
  18. Augustana College IL Dane Rowley 309-794-7142
  19. Baker University KS Kevin Kropf 785.594.8327
  20. Baldwin-Wallace College OH Susan Dileno 440-826-2222
  21. Bangor University United Kingdom Sarah Jones-Morris 4.41248E+11
  22. Bard College at Simon's Rock MA Steve Coleman, Director of Admission 413-528-7499
  23. Belhaven University MS Suzanne Sullivan 601-968-5940
  24. Bellarmine University KY Tim Sturgeon 502.272.8085
  25. Belmont Abbey College NC Roger Jones 704-461-6665
  26. Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology MA Michael Bosco 617-588-1368
  27. Berry College GA Brett E. Kennedy 706 236 2215
  28. Birminghagm-Southern College AL Sheri S. Salmon 205-226-4692
  29. Bluefield College VA Mark Hipes 276.326.4340
  30. Bluffton University OH Chris Jebsen 419-358-3254
  31. Boston Architectural College MA Richard Moyer 617-585-0256
  32. Bradley University IL Nickie Roberson 800-447-6460
  33. Brenau University GA Molly Switzer 770-534-6100
  34. Brevard College NC David Volrath 828-884-8367
  35. Briar Cliff University IA Sharisue Wilcoxon 712.279.5200
  36. Brooklyn College - CUNY NY Penelope Terry 718-951-5001
  37. Bryant University RI Brenda Doran 401-232-6100
  38. Bryn Athyn College PA Allen Linnell 267-502-6000
  39. Buena Vista University IA Bridget Kurkowski 712-749-2235
  40. Buffalo State College NY Carmela Thompson 716.878.4017
  41. Cabrini College PA Gene Soltys 610-902-8293
  42. CalArts CA Molly Ryan 661-291-3071
  43. Caldwell College NJ Stephen Quinn 973-618-3500
  44. California Baptist University CA Office of Admissions 951-343-4212
  45. California College of the Arts CA Sheri McKenzie 415-703-9535
  46. Campbellsville University KY Dave Walters 270-789-2449
  47. Canisius College NY Bridget Licata 716-888-2505
  48. Capital University OH Amanda Sohl 614-236-6574
  49. Capitol College MD George Walls 301-369-2800
  50. Cardinal Stritch University WI Emmy Stoecklein 414-410-4040
  51. Carlow University PA Judy Bolsinger 412-578-6027
  52. Carroll College MT Nina Lococo 406-447-4316
  53. Carson-Newman College TN Melanie Redding 865-471-3223
  54. Castleton State College VT Maurice Ouimet 802-468-1352
  55. Cazenovia College NY Bob Croot 800-654-3210
  56. Cedar Crest College PA Andrea Stewart 610-740-3780
  57. Centenary College LA Gail Roberson 800-234-4448
  58. Centenary College NJ Glenna Warren 18002368679
  59. Central Methodist University MO Larry Anderson 660 248 6247
  60. Centre College KY Bob Nesmith 859.238.5350
  61. CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY CA Marcela Mejia Martinez 714-997-6711
  62. Charleston Southern University SC Jim Rhoton 843-863-7050
  63. Chatham University PA Marylyn Scott (800) 837-12
  64. Chestnut Hill College PA Dan Etherton 215-248-7072
  65. Christian Brothers University TN Anne Kenwrothy 901-321-3205
  66. Clackamas Community College OR Student Recruitment 503-594-6000
  67. Clarion University PA william D. Bailey 800-672-7171
  68. Clarke University IA Emily Kruse 563-588-6316
  69. Clayton State University GA Theodora Riley 678-466-4137
  70. College of Coastal Georgia GA Betsy Kane, Assistant Director of Admissions 912-279-5730
  71. College Of Mount St. Joseph OH Peggy Minnich 513-244-4531
  72. College of St. Joseph VT Mai Miller / Geoffrey DeMarsh 802-776-5205
  73. College of the Atlantic ME Sarah Baker 800-528-0025
  74. Colorado Mesa University CO Jared Meier 970-248-1613
  75. Colorado STate University-Pueblo CO Dana Trujillo 719-549-2418
  76. Columbia College MO Samantha White 573-875-7343
  77. Columbia College Chicago IL 312 369-7129
  78. Community College of Allegheny County PA Admissions@ccac.edu
  79. Community Colleges of Spokane WA Lori Hunt 509-434-5004
  80. Compass College of Cinematic Arts MI Nancee Vander Heide 616-988-1000
  81. Concordia College-New York NY Robert (Rob) Piurowski 800-937-2655
  82. Concordia University, St. Paul MN Kristin Schoon 651-641-8839
  83. Cornish College of the Arts WA Sharron Starling 206-726-5017
  84. Cottey College MO Rick Eber 888-526-8839
  85. Crown College MN
  86. CUNY Hunter College NY Gary Lupinacci 212-772-4289
  87. Curry College MA Jane Patricia Fidler 617-333-2210
  88. Dean College MA James Fowler 508-541-1547
  89. Defiance College OH Brad Harsha 419-439-0232
  90. Delaware College of Art and Design DE Elizabeth Gatti 302-622-8000
  91. Delaware Valley College PA Dwayne Walker 215-489-2211
  92. Dixie State Collge of Utah UT Joshua Sine 435-652-7591
  93. Dowling College NY
  94. Drew University NJ April Vidor 973.408.3703
  95. East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania PA Jeff Jones 570-422-3833
  96. East Texas Baptist University TX Jason Soles 903-923-2011
  97. Eastern Connecticut State University CT Christopher Dorsey 860-465-4398
  98. Eastern Illinois University IL Brenda Major 217-581-5933
  99. Eastern Oregon University OR Arlyn Love 541-962-3496
  100. Eckerd College FL Maria Furtado 727-864-8331
  101. Edgewood College WI Christine Benedict 608-663-2294
  102. Edinboro University PA Craig Grooms 814-732-2761
  103. Elizabeth City State University NC 252-335-3305
  104. Elizabethtown College PA Paul M. Cramer 717.316.1400
  105. Elmhurst College IL Gary Rold 630-617-3078
  106. Elmira CollegE NY Brett Moore 607-735-1724
  107. Elms College MA Joseph Wagner 413-592-3189
  108. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University AZ Bryan Dougherty 800-888-3728
  109. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University FL BJ Adams 386-226-6100
  110. Emory & Henry College VA David Hawsey 276-944-6803
  111. Eureka College IL Kurt Krile 309-467-6350
  112. Evergreen State College WA 360-867-6170
  113. Fairmont State University WV Lori Schoonmaker 304-367-4892
  114. Fayetteville State University NC Ulisa E. Bowles 910.672.1411
  115. Felician College NJ Alexander Scott 201-559-6131
  116. Ferris State University MI Angela Garrey 18004337747
  117. Ferrum College VA Gilda Woods 540-365-4298
  118. Fisher College MA Robert Melaragni 617-236-8818
  119. Flagler College FL Marc G. Williar 9048196302
  120. Florida Atlantic University FL Barbara Pletcher 561-297-3040
  121. Florida Institute of Technology FL Admission Reception 321-674-8030
  122. Florida Southern College FL John Grundig 800.274.4131
  123. Framingham State University MA Jeremy Spencer 508-626-4500
  124. Franklin College Switzerland Switzerland Karen Ballard 212 922-9650
  125. Fresno Pacific University CA Rina Campbell 559-453-2289
  126. Frostburg State University MD Patricia Gregory 301-687-4201
  127. Gardner-Webb University NC Kristen Setzer 800-253-6472
  128. George Fox University OR
  129. Georgetown College KY Julie Sams 800-788-9985
  130. Goldey-Beacom College DE Larry Eby 302-225-6248
  131. Gonzaga University WA Julie McCulloh 509-313-6572
  132. Gordon College MA June Bodoni 978-867-4218
  133. Goshen College IN Dan Koop Liechty 574-535-7535
  134. Grace College IN Mark Pohl, Director of Admissions 574.372.5100
  135. Graceland University IA Talia Brown 641-784-5117
  136. Grand View University IA Diane Johnson 515-263-2801
  137. Greensboro College NC Julianne Schatz 336-272-7102
  138. Guilford College NC Andy Strickler 336.316.2100
  139. Gwynedd-Mercy College PA Michele Diehl 1800DIALGMC
  140. Hampshire College MA Julie Richardson 413.559.5471
  141. Hawaii Pacific University HI Sara Sato 808-544-0238
  142. Heidelberg University OH Lindsay Sooy 4194482330
  143. Hibbing Community College MN Sarah Merhar 218-262-6713
  144. Hofstra University NY Sunil Samuel 1800-HOFSTRA
  145. Hollins University VA Nikki Williams 540-362-6217
  146. Holy Cross College IN Marie E. Bensman 5742398407
  147. Holy Family University PA Lauren A. Campbell 215-637-3050
  148. Hood College MD David J. Adams 301-696-3400
  149. Hope College MI Bill Vanderbilt 616/395-7850
  150. Houston Baptist University TX Eduardo Borges 281-649-3299
  151. Husson University ME Carlena Bean 207-941-7067
  152. Illinois College IL Rick Bystry 217-245-3030
  153. Indiana Tech IN Monica Chamberlain 260-422-5561
  154. Indiana University Southeast IN Anne Skuce 812-941-2212
  155. Inver Hills Community College MN Paula Brugge 651-450-3476
  156. Iona College NY
  157. Iowa Lakes Community College IA Anne Johnson 712-852-5254
  158. Iowa Wesleyan College IA Mark Petty 319-385-6231
  159. Itasca Community College MN Candace Perry 218-322-2340
  160. IUPUI IN Chris Foley 317-274-0838
  161. Jacksonville University FL Yvonne Martel 904-256-7000
  162. Jacobs University Bremen Germany Marie Vivas
  163. Jamestown College ND Tena Lawrence 701-252-3467
  164. John Cabot University Italy Ms. Danette Anderson 39066819121
  165. John Carroll University OH Steve Vitatoe 216.397.4277
  166. Johnson & Wales University RI 1800-DIALJWU
  167. Judson University IL Nancy Binger 847-628-2512
  168. Juniata College PA Michelle Bartol 814-641-3432
  169. Kalamazoo College MI Eric Staab 269 337 7172
  170. Keene State College NH Margaret A. Richmond 1-800-572-19
  171. Keiser University College of Golf FL Elizabeth Snyder 772-446-8361
  172. Keystone College PA Sarah Keating 570-945-8112
  173. Knox College IL Paul Steenis 800-678-KNOX
  174. La Sierra University CA Bobby A. Brown 951-785-2249
  175. LaGrange College GA Michael Thomas 706-880-8005
  176. Lake Superior State University MI Susan Camp 906-635-2231
  177. Lakeland College WI
  178. Lawrence University WI Ken Anselment 920-832-6506
  179. Le Moyne College NY Dennis J. Nicholson 3154454300
  180. Lebanon Valley College PA William J. Brown, Jr. 717-867-6181
  181. LeMoyne-Owen College TN Samuel L. King 901-435-1509
  182. Lenoir-Rhyne University NC Karen Feezor 828.328.7392
  183. Lesley College MA Debra A. Kocar 617.349.8800
  184. LeTourneau University TX Carl Arnold 903.233.4320
  185. Lewis University IL Ryan Cockerill 815-836-5250
  186. Lincoln College-Normal IL Sara Westendorf 800-569-0558
  187. Linfield College OR Lisa Knodle-Bragiel 503-883-2213
  188. Lock Haven University PA Robin Rockey 570-484-2027
  189. Long Island University Brooklyn NY Zaykeya Branic 718-780-4512
  190. Longwood University VA Sallie McMullin 434.395.2598
  191. Loras College IA Sharon Lyons 800-245-6727
  192. Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge LA
  193. Loyola Marymount University CA Matt Fissinger 310-338-2750
  194. Loyola University Maryland MD Undergraduate Admission Office 410-617-5012
  195. Loyola University New Orleans LA Keith Gramling 504.865.3240
  196. Lycoming College PA Jason Moran 800-345-3920
  197. Lynchburg College VA Sharon Walters-Bower 434-544-8439
  198. MacMurray College IL Alicia Zeone 217-479-7056
  199. Manhattanville College NY Kevin O'Sullivan 914-323-5464
  200. Marlboro College VT Nicole Curvin 800-343-0049
  201. Marshall University WV Beth Wolfe 304-696-6007
  202. Mary Baldwin College VA Roberta Palmer, Director of Admissions 540-887-7019
  203. Marymount College, Palos Verdes CA Paula Avery 310-303-7311
  204. Marymount Manhattan College NY Jim Rogers 212-517-0435
  205. Maryville University MO Shani Lenore-Jenkins 314-529-9359
  206. Marywood University PA Rachel Henneforth 570-348-6234
  207. Massachusetts College of Art and Design MA Karen Townsend 617.879.7221
  208. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts MA Annette Jeffes 800-969-6252
  209. McMurry University TX Jon Crook 325-793-4719
  210. Menlo College CA Bob Wilms 650-543-3812
  211. Mesabi Range Community & Technical College MN Brenda K. Kochevar 218-749-0314
  212. Methodist University NC Jamie Legg 1.800.488.71
  213. Michigan Technological University MI Undergraduate Admissions 888-688-1885
  214. Millikin University IL Joseph Havis 815 694-0792
  215. Mills College CA Joan Jaffe 510.430.2135
  216. Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design WI Office of Admissions 414-291-8070
  217. Milwaukee School of Engineering WI Dana Grennier 8003326763
  218. Minneapolis College of Art and Design MN Melissa Huybrecht 612-874-3762
  219. Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical MN Jackie Briggs, Director of Recruitment 877-853-8324
  220. Minnesota State University Moorhead MN Ann Buesgens 218-477-2425
  221. Missouri Baptist University MO Aaron Black 314-392-2290
  222. Mitchell College CT Susan Bibeau 800-443-2811
  223. Monmouth University NJ Lauren Vento Cifelli 732-571-3456
  224. Montana State University MT Ronda Russell 406 994 2452
  225. Montana Tech MT Stephanie Crowe 406-496-4568
  226. Moravian College PA
  227. Morehouse College GA Danny Bellinger, Associate Dean 404.215.2633
  228. Mount Mercy University IA Liz Metz 319-368-6460
  229. MOUNT OLIVE COLLEGE NC BARBARA KORNEGAY 919-658-7756
  230. Mount Saint Mary College NY Nancy Scaffidi Clarke 845-569-3488
  231. Mount St. Mary's University MD Michael A. Post 301-447-5214
  232. Mountwest Community and Technical College WV Krista Tooley 304-696-3005
  233. Multnomah University OR 503-251-6485
  234. National Louis University IL Romelia Mercado 312-261-3474
  235. National University of Ireland Maynooth Ireland Laura Elizabeth Coyle 6473383082
  236. New College of Florida FL Mitch Finer 941-487-4469
  237. New England College NH Diane Raymond 603.428.2230
  238. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) NM Mike Kloeppel 575-835-5424
  239. New York Institute of Technology NY Troy Miller 800.345.6948
  240. Newbury College MA Ken Sawada 617-730-7105
  241. Niagara University NY Harry Gong 716-286-8700
  242. Nichols College MA Paul Brower 5082132371
  243. North Carolina A&T State University NC Keyana Scales 336-334-7946
  244. North Carolina Wesleyan College NC Lori Melton 800-488-6292
  245. North Central College IL Martin Sauer 630-637-5800
  246. North Dakota State University ND Jobey Lichtblau 701-231-9581
  247. North Park University IL Mark Olson 773-244-5574
  248. Northern Michigan University MI Gerri Daniels 906-227-2650
  249. Northland College WI Rick J. Smith 800-753-1840
  250. Northwest University WA Jessica Velasco 425-889-5212
  251. Notre Dame de Namur University CA Jason Murray, Director of Admissions 650-508-3600
  252. Notre Dame of Maryland University MD Heidi Roller (410)5325330
  253. Oglethorpe University GA Lucy Leusch 404-364-8309
  254. Ohio Mid-Western College OH Jason Chambers 5132504305
  255. Ohio Northern University OH Deborah Miller 419-772-2260
  256. Oregon State University OR Noah Buckley 541-737-0583
  257. Otis College of Art and Design CA Yvette Sobky Shaffer 310-665-6820
  258. Otterbein University OH Ben Shoemaker 800-488-8144
  259. Our Lady of Holy Cross College LA Katharine Gonzales 504-398-2175
  260. Pace University NY Donna Grand Pre 212-346-1794
  261. Pacific Lutheran University WA Jennifer Olsen Krengel 253-535-7151
  262. Pacific University OR Karen Dunston 503-352-2218
  263. Pacific University OR Karen Dunston 503-352-2713
  264. Pfeiffer University NC 7044633060
  265. Philadelphia University PA Greg W. Potts 215-951-2630
  266. Polytechnic Institute of New York University NY Heather Fomin 718-637-5921
  267. Portland State university OR Melissa Trifiletti 503-725-5504
  268. Queen's University Canada Iveta Reinikovaite 16135336000
  269. Queens University of Charlotte NC Woody O'Cain 800.849.0202
  270. Radford University VA James A Pennix 540-831-5022
  271. Rainy River Community College MN Barb Fisher 218-285-2213
  272. Randolph College VA Margaret Blount 434-947-8100
  273. Randolph-Macon College VA Anthony Ambrogi 804-752-7305
  274. Regent University VA Denise Bartos 888-718-1222
  275. Regis College MA Wanda Suriel 781-768-7100
  276. Richmond, The American International University in London United Kingdom Nicholas Atkinson 617 450 5617
  277. Rider University NJ Susan C. Christian 609-895-5768
  278. Ringling College of Art and Design FL Amy Fischer 941-351-5100
  279. Ripon College WI 800-947-4766
  280. Robert Morris University PA Kellie Laurenzi 412-397-5200
  281. Rockford College IL Jennifer Nordstrom 815-226-4050
  282. Rockhurst University MO Lane Ramey 816-501-4633
  283. Rosemont College PA Kevin McIntyre 610-527-0200
  284. Rutgers-Camden Campus NJ Rodney Morrison 856-225-6104
  285. Sacred Heart University CT Emily Dauenhauer 203-365-4827
  286. Saint Joseph College CT Eileen Hocking 830-231-5308
  287. Saint Joseph's College IN Lisa Gastineau 219-866-6170
  288. Saint Joseph's University PA Brennan McDevitt 610.660.1300
  289. Saint Martin's University WA Scott Andrew Schulz 360-438-4490
  290. Saint Mary's College IN Mona Bowe 574-284-4587
  291. Saint Mary's University Canada Kristen Sutherland 902 420 5662
  292. Saint Michael's College VT Jacqueline Murphy 802 654 2806
  293. Saint Peter's College NJ Dave Griffey 201-761-7106
  294. Salve Regina University RI Laura Oliveira 401-341-2908
  295. Savannah College of Art and Design GA Anita Bentley 912-525-5100
  296. Seton Hall University NJ
  297. Shimer College IL Amanda Cadogan 312-235-3543
  298. Siena College NY Heather Renault 518-783-2426
  299. Siena Heights University MI Sara Johnson 517-264-7180
  300. Skagit Valley College WA Karen Marie Bade 360-416-7620
  301. Smith College MA Debra Shaver, Dean of Admission 413-585-2500
  302. Somerset Christian College NJ Keyla Pavia 973.803.5000
  303. Southeast Technical Institute SD Jim Rokusek 605-367-6040
  304. Southern Illinois University Carbondale IL Katharine Johnson Suski 618-453-2987
  305. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville IL Todd Burrell 618-650-3705
  306. Southern Vermont College VT Jeremy Gibbons 802-447-6308
  307. Southwest Baptist University MO Darren Crowder 417.328.1810
  308. Southwest Minnesota State University MN Matthew Suby 800-642-0684
  309. Southwestern University TX Christine Bowman 1800-252-3166
  310. Springfield College MA Richard Veres 800-343-1257
  311. St. Bonaventure University NY Monica Emery 800-462-5050
  312. St. Catherine University MN Marlene Mohs 651-690-6932
  313. St. Edward's University TX Tracy Manier 448-8602
  314. St. John's College MD Sarah G. Morse 410-626-2522
  315. St. John's College NM Larry Clendenin 505-984-6060
  316. St. John's University NY Karen Vahey, Director of Admission 718-990-2160
  317. St. Joseph's College New York - Suffolk Campus NY Gigi Lamens, Assoc. VP for Enrollment Management 631.687.4500
  318. St. Joseph's College New York - Suffolk Campus NY Gigi Lamens, Assoc. VP for Enrollment Management 631.687.4500
  319. St. Thomas Aquinas College NY Danielle Mac Kay 845-398-4100
  320. St. Thomas University Canada Ryan Sullivan 506-460-0343
  321. State University of New York at Fredonia NY Chris Dearth 716-673-3251
  322. State University of New York College of Technology NY Robert W. Mazzei 607-746-4550
  323. Sterling College VT Lynne Birdsall 802-586-7711
  324. Stetson University FL Robert Stewart 386-822-7100
  325. Stevenson University MD Kelly Farmer 410-486-7001
  326. SUNY - Alfred State College NY Deborah Goodrich 607-587-3945
  327. SUNY Canton NY Admissions Office 315-386-7123
  328. SUNY Institute of Technology NY Jennifer Phelan-Ninh 315-792-7500
  329. Susquehanna University PA Chris Markle 570-372-4425
  330. Sweet Briar College VA Gretchen Tucker 800-381-6142
  331. Tennessee Wesleyan College TN Kara Fox 423-746-5284
  332. Texas Lutheran University TX Thomas Oliver 830.372.8050
  333. Texas Wesleyan University TX Holly Kiser 817-531-4422
  334. The American University of Paris France Brad Walp, Director of Enrollment Management 303 993 4326
  335. THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF ROME Italy Melissa Abraham 877-592.1287
  336. The British Columbia Institute of Technology Canada Michael Galli 604-432-8721
  337. The College of Idaho ID Brian A. Bava 208-459-5319
  338. The College of New Rochelle NY Ellen C. Lockamy 914-654-5417
  339. The Culinary Institute of America NY Rachel Birchwood 800-285-4627
  340. The University of Arizona AZ Rafael Meza, Undergraduate Recruitment Director 520-62103807
  341. The University of Edinburgh United Kingdom Mr Robbie Willis 4.41317E+11
  342. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro NC Lise Keller 336.334.5243
  343. The University of Oklahoma OK J. Andy Roop 405-325-2151
  344. The University of Tampa FL Brent Benner 813-253-6211
  345. Thomas College ME Robert Callahan 207-859-1111
  346. Trine University IN Jon Walmer 260-665-4175
  347. Trinity Christian College IL Jeremy Klyn 708-239-4708
  348. Trinity Lutheran College WA Mia Kosinski 425.4741
  349. Trinity Washington University DC Kelly Gosnell 202-884-9400
  350. Trinity Western University Canada Brian Kerr 604-888-7511
  351. Triton College IL Amanda Turner 708-456-0300
  352. Truman State University MO Melody Chambers 660-785-4114
  353. UMBC - University of Maryland, Baltimore County MD Dale Bittinger 410-455-2292
  354. UNC Wilmington NC Marcio Moreno 910-962-2029
  355. Unity College ME Joe Saltalamachia 207-948-9205
  356. Universidad de Iberoamerica in Costa Rica Silvia Monzon 786-879-8460
  357. University College Dublin Ireland Molly Dineen, North America Representative 513-240-4946
  358. University of Alabama in Huntsville AL Matthew Little 256-824-2767
  359. University of Alaska Fairbanks AK Lael Oldmixon 907-474-7500
  360. University of Alberta Canada John Soltice 780-492-6447
  361. University of Arkansas at Little Rock AR Cleveland James 501-683-7260
  362. University of Detroit Mercy MI Tyra Rounds 313-993-1245
  363. University of Dundee United Kingdom Bronagh Crosse 1382384890
  364. University of Florida FL 352.392.1365
  365. University of Great Falls MT Charlene Brown 406.791.5271
  366. University of Hartford CT Richard Zeiser 860-768-4696
  367. University of Hawaii - West Oahu HI Office of Admissions 808-454-4700
  368. University of Idaho ID Michelle Henley 208-885-4118
  369. University of Iowa IA Michael Barron 319-335-1548
  370. University of Kansas KS Lisa Pinamonti Kress 785.864.5421
  371. University of King's College Canada Lia Milito 902-422-1271
  372. University of Maine ME Brian Manter, Senior Associate Director of Admission 1-207-581-15
  373. University of Maine at Farmington ME Jamie Marcus 207-778-7050
  374. University of Maine at Fort Kent ME Jill Cairns 207.834.7600
  375. University of Massachusetts Lowell MA Kerri Johnston 978-934-3948
  376. University of Minnesota, Crookston MN Amber Schultz 218-281-8569
  377. University of Missouri - Kansas City MO Sara Gillham Bedwell 816-235-1206
  378. University of Missouri-St. Louis MO Drew Griffin 888-GO2-UMSL
  379. University of Montana MT Juana Alcala 406.243.6266
  380. University of Mount Union OH Amy Tomko 330 823 2590
  381. University of Nevada, Reno NV Steve Maples 7756825918
  382. University of North Carolina at Pembroke NC Natalya Locklear 910-521-6262
  383. University of North Florida FL John Yancey 904-620-1610
  384. University of Northern Colorado CO Sean Broghammer 970-351-2806
  385. University of Northern Iowa IA Christie Kangas 319-273-2281
  386. University of Puget Sound WA Fumio Sugihara 253-879-3982
  387. University of San Diego CA Minh Ha Hoang 619-260-4506
  388. University of Saskatchewan Canada Dan Seneker 306-966-5788
  389. University of South Florida FL David Lee Henry 813-974-4150
  390. University of Texas at Dallas TX Greg Morris 972-883-6099
  391. University of the Arts PA 215-717-6049
  392. University of the Ozarks AR Chad Cox 479-979-1228
  393. University of Utah UT Mateo Remsburg 801-581-8761
  394. University of Vermont VT Office of Admissions 802-656-3370
  395. University of Victoria Canada Angela Colibaba 250 472-5278
  396. University of Washington Bothell WA Molly Ormsby 425-352-5244
  397. University of Washington Tacoma WA Lisa Garcia-Hanson 253-692-4377
  398. University of WI-Stout WI Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs 715-232-2639
  399. Upper Iowa University IA Matt Huber 563-425-5953
  400. Ursinus College PA 610.409.3200
  401. Ursuline College OH Matthew McCaffrey 4406468114
  402. Utica College NY Patrick Quinn 315-792-3006
  403. Valencia College FL Enrollment Services 407-582-1507
  404. Valley Forge Military College PA Kristen Rose 610-989-1300
  405. Valparaiso University IN David Fevig 219-464-5011
  406. Villanova University PA Stephen Merritt 610-519-7499
  407. Virginia Intermont College VA Terrie Oliver 276 466-7867
  408. Virginia State University VA Irene F. Logan 804-524-5688
  409. Viterbo University WI Robert Forget 608-796-3012
  410. Wagner College NY Jake Browne 718-390-3411
  411. Warren Wilson College NC Sharon Lytle 800-934-3536
  412. Wartburg College IA Todd Coleman 319-352-8454
  413. Washington & Jefferson College PA Bob Adkins 724-223-6025
  414. Watkins College of Art, Design & Film TN Linda Schwab 615-277-7458
  415. Waynesburg University PA Robin King 1800-225-7393
  416. Webster University MO Andrew Laue 314-246-7712
  417. Wentworth Military Academy and Collge MO Michael Bellis 660-259-2221
  418. Western New England University MA Charles Pollock 413-782-1233
  419. Western State College of Colorado CO Karen Ast 800-876-5309
  420. Westminster College UT Darlene Dilley 801.832.2200
  421. Wheaton College MA Office of Admission 508-286-8200
  422. Wheelock College MA Kristen Harrington 617-879-2206
  423. Widener University PA Edwin Wright 610-499-4126
  424. Wilkes University PA James L. Coker 570-408-4400
  425. William Carey University MS Brandon Dillon 601-318-6104
  426. William Paterson University NJ Colleen M. Fuller 973-720-3604
  427. William Peace University NC Amber L Stenbeck 919 508 2214
  428. Wilmington College OH Tina Garland 800-341-9318
  429. Wilson College PA Mary Ann Naso 717-262-2002
  430. Worcester State University MA Beth Axelson 508-929-8040
  431. Xavier University OH Lauren Cobble 877XUADMIT
  432. Xavier University of Louisiana LA Winston D. Brown 504-520-7388
  433. York College of Pennsylvania PA Nancy Spataro 800.455.8018
  434. York College, The City University of New York NY Laura Bruno, Associate Director of Admissions 718 262-2165
  435. York St John University United Kingdom Jessica Guiver 4.41905E+11
  436. Youngstown State university OH Sue Davis 330-941-2000
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what you don’t know will cost in scholarships

April 25, 2012
You would agree that people who are informed with correct information can take more advantage of the situation. College is a game and if you know the rules it is easier to compete and win (scholarships). Imagine for a moment that you are in a football game playing. And the organizer of this game is playing with […]

You would agree that people who are informed with correct information can take more advantage of the situation.

College is a game and if you know the rules it is easier to compete and win (scholarships).

Imagine for a moment that you are in a football game playing. And the organizer of this game is playing with different rules that you are unfamiliar with. You don’t know where the sidelines are, you don’t know where the end zone is and you don’t know if this is two hand touch or full tackle… How likely are you to score or even win the game if you don’t know the rules.

Rule number one of the college rules is

  • To win the college game know the rules.

For example if you are a middle income family and have money saved up for college do you know if this money will be counted against you or not? If you have a rental home or second home, how will that impact need-based-aid?

Rule number two

  • Apply to the right types of colleges for your student

Applying to the wrong types of colleges (and the right college for one student might be the wrong one for another) can cause scholarship losses and potentially a rejection of admission. There is a perfect college out there for every student who is willing to expand their borders and keep an open mind when identifying colleges.

Rule number three

  • Desired students get admitted and get scholarships

While you may think that valedictorians and perfect SAT scores get scholarship money at every college, that is not the case. Students with less desirable GPA’s and lower test scores have been admitted to top colleges. (Can you believe that a 2.2 GPA student was admitted to Stanford last year???) The students who get admitted are the ones who have been properly packaged, positioned and marketed to these colleges. Becoming a Desired student is more than just grades and test scores, it’s finding out what a college needs and telling them that you fill that need. The old adage “Find a Need and Fill it” fits perfectly. These are the students who get admitted and get scholarships.

So the question is, how do you find the rules, how do you package a student.

You can do two things, browse the internet for hours for everything related to college and hope that the information that you are getting is credible or attend my free workshop. “The College Workshop - Maximizing Aid and Reduce your Costs of a College Education”.

In this workshop you will discover new ways to save money on college that smart families across the US are using to pay next to nothing for college. Nothing will be sold.

This is not a hype and pitch deal. If you want one of those go to a time share seminar. You will get real college answers. You will be informed.

One of my clients sent me an email: “Amanda just committed to St Peter's College in New Jersey. She's getting full ride! She is getting 15k academic, 25k soccer ... woo hoo!”

Do the math, she is getting $40,000.00 in free scholarship money.

You MUST attend this workshop so that you and your student won’t lose out on all the scholarships and grants that you are entitled to.

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Tax breaks for college students & parents

April 2, 2012
You can take a tax deduction for college tuition and other mandatory school fees. This is called the Tuition and Fees Deduction, and is reported directly on Form 1040 or Form 1040A. This tuition deduction is temporary: 2011 is scheduled to be the last year that taxpayers can take this deduction. If you paid college […]

You can take a tax deduction for college tuition and other mandatory school fees. This is called the Tuition and Fees Deduction, and is reported directly on Form 1040 or Form 1040A. This tuition deduction is temporary: 2011 is scheduled to be the last year that taxpayers can take this deduction.

If you paid college tuition, you might also be eligible for the Lifetime Learning tax credit or the American Opportunity credit. These tax credits have different income ranges than the Tuition & Fees Deduction. My suggestion is to see which tax break you qualify for, and if you qualify for both the deduction and the tax credits, to go with the tax break that provides the largest benefit.

Limits and Income Ranges for the Tuition and Fees Deduction

The maximum amount of the tuition and fees deduction you can claim is $4,000 per year. The deduction is further limited by income ranges:
$4,000 max for income up to $65,000 ($130,000 for joint filers)
$2,000 max for income over $65,000 up to $80,000 ($160,000 for joint filers)
no deduction for income over $80,000 ($160,000 for joint filers).

For the purpose of this deduction, income is measured using adjusted gross income modified to add back certain types of foreign income that are excluded from US income taxes. See the modified AGI section of Publication 970 for more details.

Who is Eligible for the Tuition and Fees Deduction

The deduction is available for any person who paid tuition and other required fees for attending college, university, or other post-secondary school. The deduction is available for parents whose dependents attend college, but only if the parents claim the student as a dependent. The deduction is not available for married couples who file separate tax returns. The tuition deduction is not restricted based on what year of college you are in, or if you are a part-time or full-time student. Taking even once class can qualify you for this deduction.

What Counts as Qualifying Tuition and Fees?

  • Tuition
  • Fees required as a condition for enrollment or attendance

Books, student health fees, and other school related costs are generally do not count as qualifying expenses for the tuition deduction. Schools report qualifying expenses to you and to the IRS using Form 1098-T.

Expanded Definition of Qualifying Expenses for Midwestern Disaster Areas

Students attending college in the Midwestern disaster areas are allowed to include books, supplies, and room and board costs as part of their deduction.

Where to Claim the Tax Deduction

Report the tuition and fees tax deduction using Form 8917 (pdf, 2 pages). The amount of the deduction is also reported on Form 1040 or Form 1040A.

From the IRS

"You may be able to deduct qualified education expenses paid during the year for yourself, your spouse, or a dependent. You cannot claim this deduction if your filing status is married filing separately or if another person can claim an exemption for you as a dependent on his or her tax return. The qualified expenses must be for higher education."
Source: IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, Chapter 6, Tuition and Fees Deduction.

Tax Planning Tips for the Tuition Deduction

  • See which education-related tax breaks you might qualify for based on your income.
  • If you qualify for more than one tax break, calculate your taxes using different scenarios and pick the tax break that will result in the most tax savings.
  • College students who are working and supporting themselves can earn up to $13,500 tax-free for 2011. (Assuming single, not a dependent, and taking the standard deduction plus $4,000 tuition deduction).

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