News on College Admissions and College Life

Advice on surviving Winter Break, paying for college, facing a deferment and more.

By Anne Vaccaro Brady

More advice on surviving the college Winter Break You’re not alone. Jan Hoffman explores the issues families face during that first long break of freshman year in this article for the New York Times.

Share that college essay The New York Times is looking for college application essays written about money and finances. If your teen addressed this topic in her essay, she should consider submitting it.

Dealing with a college deferment Lynn O’Shaughnessy shares what actions your high school senior can take if he’s been deferred in this post on her blog, The College Solution.

Money

Finding help paying for college With FAFSA filing time here already, this post by Maura Kastberg on HuffPost College explains what you need to focus on when applying for financial aid.

Private college scholarships sound like a great solution to your tuition woes, but they may not offer as much as you think. Check out this post by Lynn O’Shaughnessy on The College Solution to get the whole story.

Your student’s financial aid package may include a work-study option. Andrea Coombes writes in the Wall Street Journal about the pros and cons of the work-study job.

If you’re concerned that the recent fiscal cliff deal will have an impact on how your family pays for college, then check out this post by Tanya Abrams on the New York Times’ “The Choice” blog for the status of various tax credits and financial aid programs.

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Weighing college acceptances The same criteria that helped your senior decide where she wanted to apply can be used to determine which college admissions offer to accept. Emily Herzlin of Admissianado writes on the USA Today College blog about four basic factors to take into account when figuring out which college is right for you.

Jon Fortenbury offers a 25-point checklist for deciding among college choices in this post on the USA Today College.

When your freshman’s first semester was less than expected Over the Winter Break your student may want to talk to you about transferring. Read this post by Rebecca Joseph on HuffPost College to help your teen weigh his options, including understanding the transfer process.

Also check out my posts on how to determine if your son or daughter should transfer and how to transfer.

Making the most of the college experience Students often find themselves so bogged down with homework and class projects that they miss out on all that their college has to offer. On USA Today College, Gabrielle Linnell explains why it’s important to give the books a break once in a while and check out that concert, lecture or art show on campus instead.

Advice for seniors Even if your senior has finished all of her applications, there are still some things she needs to focus on in January. “The Choice” blog provides a checklist for seniors from high school college counselors Sarah Markhovsky and Matthew Kaberline.

Advice for juniors The New Year is a good time to start doing the initial groundwork for the college admissions process. College counselor Jessie Brumfiel presents this checklist for high school juniors for January on “The Choice” blog.

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