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The Common App Essay: How to Get into College With Less than 800 Words

In 2016, Brittany Stinson was accepted into five Ivy League schools—Yale, Columbia, UPenn, Dartmouth, and Cornell. These schools have less than a 14% applicant acceptance rate. | | | | Oh yeah, and she got into Stanford, which has a 4.69% acceptance rate. | | | | Not to mention, young Brittany’s successes we’re reported on by all kinds of media outlets, including Business Insider, VICE, People, and The New York Post. Take a full look at the essay here. | | | | Smart lady? For sure. Talented young woman? Absolutely. | | | | But what sold the readers of her app from all these prestigious schools was her absolutely brilliant college essay! | | | | In an age of digital applications facilitated by the Common App, there’s no shortage of brilliant people to stock the halls of the Ivy League, not to mention other colleges and universities, and it’s never been easier or less time-consuming to apply to college . . .

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An Introvert’s Guide to Making Awesome Presentations

Introversion is a funny thing, isn’t it? | | | | Some folks just get charged up around people while others are totally drained by them. | | | | What’s an introvert to do when he or she has to work in a group, create a presentation, and deliver it in front of critical throngs of viewers? | | | | Better get prepared. | | | | You’re born with your personality, and it can’t (and shouldn’t!) be changed. | | | | But you can acquire the skills needed to wow an audience, even if audiences are really not your thing. | | | | In college, you’ll have to master the skills of public speaking, large group communication, and pitching your ideas visually. | | | | At work, you’ll often have to explain the core idea of a product or concept, convince a group of people how your way of moving forward is most effective, or present large and complicated sets of data visually. | | | | | | At College . . .

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What You Need to Know About FAFSA and Outside Scholarships

How Outside Scholarships Affect Your Financial Aid? | | If you’re going to school and you’re applying for financial aid, there’s something you should know: getting outside scholarships, or scholarships that weren’t awarded to you by the government or school you’re attending, will impact your financial aid package. | | [If you’re looking for some quick ways to get more FAFSA money by appeal, click here. If you’re looking for a guide to cutting your FAFSA fill-out time in half, click here.] | |   | | Outside Scholarships and The Government | | What happens when you receive an outside scholarship is that your need-based financial aid, which is afforded to you by the government, gets reduced. There’s very little your school can do about this, as it is federal law. | | | | If you’re wondering why, it’s because you’ve found outside help to aid you in covering . . .

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What to Do When You Appeal a FAFSA Package

3 Things You Need to Know When Appealing Your Financial Aid Packages | | So the easy part’s over: you’ve applied for college and got accepted. Congratulations are in order! You’ve managed to secure your future. | | | | However, before you start jumping for joy about the prospect of a college education, there may be one thing hanging over your head, and that’s how you’re going to pay for college. If you’re like many students, you probably have gotten financial aid to help pay your way through school, and that’s great. | | | | But circumstances change, right? Maybe you or your parent lost a job, there was a death in the family, or some other unforeseen circumstance made an appearance. Now you don’t know if your financial aid will be enough. | | | | While financial aid packages can be tough to renegotiate, it is possible to appeal your package to . . .

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Tips and Tricks for Negotiating Financial Aid

5 Things You Need to Know When Negotiating for Financial Aid | | College is one of the largest fiscal investments that you will ever make into your future. It’s strange to think about it that way since you’re just out of high school, but that is exactly what it is: an investment. | | | | So even though you might think it’s just out of your reach, try negotiating your financial aid package to get even more money. | | | | Did you know that was possible? It certainly is. | | | | However, we don’t want you making any mistakes when it comes to your financial aid, so we put together a list of five things you need to know when negotiating a new financial aid package from your school. | | | | Keep them in mind when going through the process and who knows? You might very well get the majority of your expenses paid. | | [If you . . .

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What You Need to Know About FAFSA and Taxes

3 Ways Financial Aid Will Affect Your April 15th Filing | | Tax time is just around the corner, and if you’re a college student with loans and grants, this is a great time to get all of your papers in order. | | | | That’s right, just because you’re a student with or without a job doesn’t mean you can’t file tax returns. | | | | In fact, depending on how your financial aid is used during your college years, you might have to pay the government some money. | | | | The best way to look at how financial aid will affect your tax return is to look at the three categories below and decide if your financial life fits any of them. | | | | If you have any further questions about what can be excluded or included, contact FASFA for detailed information. | | | |   | | [If you’re looking for some quick ways to get more FAFSA . . .

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Unique Scholarships You Must Know About

10 Scholarships You’ve Never Heard Of | | Have you ever wondered if it was possible to get a scholarship for wearing duck tape to prom, not drinking or using drugs, or for bowling? | | | | Have you ever considered that wanting to be a journalist or a filmmaker could land you a really nice scholarship? | | | | Well, there’s good news: you absolutely can! | | | |   | | [If you’re looking for some quick ways to get more FAFSA money by appeal, click here. If you’re looking for a guide to cutting your FAFSA fill-out time in half, click here.] | |   | | | | There are a variety of scholarships out there, but what you might not know is that some of them are for students with excellent grades and with interesting hobbies. | | | | From duck calling to fly fishing, poetry to snowboarding, there is a scholarship out there for just about any interest you can think . . .

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Helpful College Search Tools

3 Super-Helpful College Search Tools—What They Offer and How They Work | | When it comes to finding a college and planning for the application process, you’re going to need all the help you can get. | | | | From searching for schools to keeping tabs on all of the college prep you’ve already done, college search tools can be a great way to keep your sanity while focusing on your future. | | | | Below are three helpful college search tools, which are free to use, that will give you the ability to search for schools both on your computer or on your smartphone. | | | | Each one comes with its own set of advantages, but we think that using a combination of all three will yield the best results. Try these out now and see what colleges come up in your search. | | 1. College Navigator | | Both students and their families would benefit from visiting . . .

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Should I Get An Admissions Counselor?

3 Reasons You Need a College Coach of Admissions Counselor | | When it comes to applying for school, you probably think that you’re on your own, or you’re relying on your guidance counselor for help. Other than that, you’re doing your best in school and extracurricular activities and hoping for the best. | | | | But there is a better way: a college coach or admission counselor. | | | | While you might think that a college coach might be a waste of your time, there are three really great reasons for you to consider one while you’re applying to college. | | | | Take a look below and reconsider your options; you might find that a college coach might be the right move for you. | | 1. Focused Time and Assistance on YOUR Work and Application Process | | A college coach’s business depends on how much time and effort they put into you and your application . . .

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Why You Should Use College Board

3 Reasons to Use College Board  | | There are a lot of websites out there that will claim to be the best tool for students who are getting a college degree, but few can offer these services as a not-for-profit organization. | | | | It’s rarer still to find a website that counts over 6,000 member colleges, universities, and organizations that are members of that website. | | | | That’s where College Board comes in; it delivers all of the above and more. This website offers access to test prep, help with financial aid and scholarships, and even an enhanced college search tool that narrows down colleges by academic reputation and programs available. | | | | You may be on the fence about using College Board, so we’ve decided to put together a list of the three best reasons to use the site. | | | | While only three are listed, there are more; it’s up . . .

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The FAFSA Appeal

The Complete Guide to Getting More Money | | As FAFSA season rolls forward, we’re committed to helping you navigate the complexities of getting the best financial aid package possible. | | | | Here at College Choice, we’re all about trying to demystify and simplify the processes of finding, getting into, paying for, and thriving in college. | | | | In a recent post, we showed you how to work through the FAFSA app with no stress and get your max amount to pay for school. | | | | So hop over there if you need advice on filling out the app quickly and efficiently—no fuss. | | | | Here, we’ll walk you through the FAFSA appeals process so you can have more money to pay for college, and we’ll provide you with a form appeal letter to boot. | | | | Say you’ve already applied and are disappointed with your financial aid package and feel you should be granted more . . .