Essential Info About College Financial Aid Forms


With the sticker price of many private colleges exceeding $60,000 a year and the cost of public universities steadily rising, more and more families are struggling to fund their…

The Role of Parents in the College Application Process


College admissions present parents with difficult ethical, social and educational choices. We want our children to enjoy the adventure, act with integrity, feel good about the…

Protecting Your Family Against Digital and Identity Theft


My 24-year-old graduate-student son recently had a terrible experience that offers many lessons to college-aged students and their parents. As a nice, smart kid who typically…

Planning Your Summer with College in Mind


Are you a high school student (or the parent of one) who is wondering how best to spend your summer? What do colleges expect high school students to do during their school…

A Message for Parents of College-Bound Students


Seeing your child go off to college is a challenging time for parents, when you can let your heart (even your eyes) overflow with abundance as you wish for your college-bound…

Notes for Families who are Applying for Financial Aid


FAFSA stands for "Free Application for Federal Student Aid."  Completing the FAFSA online is the first step that students and families must take toward receiving financial aid for…

14 Tips for good college visits


With spring break ahead, many families are planning campus visits with their juniors and sophomores.  Demonstrating your interest to a college by visiting the campus is a good…

Taking a GAP year!


Initially, the gap year concept was foreign to me. I am naturally an independent and adventurous person, which is how I ended up at boarding school in the first place.…

Doing school: the gap between high school education and college admissions


Many of you will have heard me complain rather cynically about the distance between colleges’ expressed expectations for high school students and the reality of highly selective…

From junior year to college admissions


For the last few months, high school juniors stood by as seniors wrestled with college applications, stressed about choices, and finally, exhaled as they picked their colleges.…