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6 Tips for Success with Online Classes

August 31, 2020
Written by Taylor

When your student is preparing to take online classes for the first time, it can be a challenge to prepare for such a new classroom experience. The good news is that, by taking the proper precautions, you can maximize his or her chances for successful remote classwork.

Scholarships vs. Grants vs. Loans: What's the Difference, and What Will Work for You?

August 07, 2020
Written by Taylor

If college is part of your student's future, chances are you've discussed the different financial options you have when it comes to paying for it. Scholarships, grants, and loans are the main methods you can consider to help pay for your child's college education. This guide will break down each college tuition option and give you the insight you need to make the best choice for your unique situation.

Which Colleges Will Meet in Person This Fall?

June 08, 2020
Written by Taylor

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted nearly everything about higher education, from admissions and enrollment to study abroad to new faculty and staff hires. But one question looms larger than any other in the minds of college leaders right now: will we meet in person for the Fall 2020 semester?

Further SAT and ACT Disruptions and What They Mean for You

June 04, 2020
Written by Taylor

The College Board and the ACT, which run the SAT and ACT tests, respectively, have struggled over the last few weeks, and their actions are affecting the larger college admissions landscape. Things are likely to change even more, but for now, here are the latest developments.

How the University of California’s Standardized Testing Decision Will Change College Admissions

June 04, 2020
Written by Taylor

After years of threatening to drop its SAT/ACT requirement, the University of California finally pulled the plug. The immense disruptions to standardized testing created by COVID-19 shut-downs, combined with the apparent difficulty of registering for the limited test dates that remain, led the University of California to make fundamental changes to their testing requirements.