News on College Admissions and College Life, Late Fall Edition

Tips on applying to college, transferring, prepping for FAFSA and more.

By Anne Vaccaro Brady

This roundup of articles and posts aims to help you and your high school or college student navigate the college path, whether it’s getting in or making the most of freshman year and beyond.


PA281187Answers to the important questions about college admissions
On Road2College, Regina H. Paul addresses the big issue of which can hurt you more in admissions, low grades or low SAT scores.

Wendy Nelson writes about what makes a “good” college on her blog, My Kid’s College Choice, pointing out what really matters in finding the right school. I’ve also covered this important topic in this previous post.

Lisa Heffernan and Mary Dell Harrington of Grown & Flown surveyed college counselors and share the best tips for high school students from these experts.

Financing a college education Danielle Douglas-Gabriel of the Washington Post explains the new financial protections recently put in place for college students by the Obama administration to help them while they’re in college and after graduation.

calculator2Wondering how to get the most college aid via FAFSA? In a post for Money, Mark Kantrowitz offers suggestions on what financial moves to make by December 31.

On Road2College, Matt Rogers explains how to set realistic expectations for your student-athlete’s chances of earning a college scholarship.

Jessica Picard writes for Worcester Magazine about the ins and outs of student-athlete recruiting, sharing insight from college coaches.

Advice on applying to college Danielle Douglas-Gabriel of the Washington Post shares three solid reasons why seniors need to apply to more than one college.

On Today Parents, Allison Slater Tate gives seven common mistakes to avoid when applying.

Ryan Hickey of Peterson’s disproves seven college admission myths for USA Today College.

Mary Dell Harrington and Lisa Heffernan of Grown & Flown explain why parents have to forget our own college experiences when helping our children through the admissions process today.

Computer mouseWhen your freshman wants to transfer Jeff Wuorio of Money provides three tips to ease the transfer to another college. I also explain how to know when your freshman should transfer and guide you through the transfer process, including transferring credits, in these previous posts.

The life of a college parent As someone who found goodbyes a very emotional experience when my kids were in college, I can relate to Lori Stratton in her post for Grown & Flown on how to deal with your child returning to college, again and again.

In the comments section below, please share articles and posts you’ve found helpful.

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