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Financial Hack: The New Paradigm for College Admissions List Building

Safety, Target, and Reach College Lists are Dead A couple of decades ago, building a college list based on your chances of admission—safety, target, reach—was a smart strategy. College costs weren’t as high as they are today and more students were vying for fewer spots. Fast forward 20+ years, students have over 5,000 colleges to …

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How to Assess Acceptance Likelihood and Affordability of a College

You’ve done the work to measure your level of interest in all the schools on your big college list. Now it’s time to determine if you can get admitted to a school and if you can afford it. Step three in the SMART college list building process is assess acceptance likelihood and affordability. This is …

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The SMART Way to Build a College List

A good plan of attack for the first task in the admissions process — building the college list — decreases stress and makes the rest of the process less difficult. The best tips from parents’ experiences, workshops, professionals and articles are in SMART, MeritMore’s easy to remember action plan for building a well-considered and balanced …

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8 Pro Tips for Creating a Winning Resume

We found this delightfully straightforward and valuable list of tips for  resumes from Sara Mohr, Program Manager at Global University. We slightly adapted her tips for students who want to send their resumes to colleges during the application process. You can find Sara on twitter at @slizagna. Tell a College Who You Are Many colleges will allow you …

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5 Reasons to Talk About How to Pay for College with Your Kids

Talking about money is never easy. And it’s even harder when you have to talk about financial concerns with your kids. For most families, one of the biggest financial hurdles is how to pay for college. Having a clear and calm discussion about the cost of college at the beginning of the admissions process is …

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4 tools to Compare Offers and Help Families Successfully Appeal for More Aid

Your Aid Package is Based on What The College Thinks You Need Financial aid award letters have arrived! Families who have a clear understanding of their offers and then thoughtfully appeal for more financial aid money can receive thousands of dollars more in aid each year.  In an admissions season full of unknowns, schools are on the hunt …

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