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THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

UC’s Change Application Essay Prompts

(written by John Raftrey) The University of California announced this week it is eliminating the two essay prompts in their current application and replacing...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 26, 2016
Last comment by Richard Tollbrook, on Jun 20, 2016 at 10:19 pm | 11 comments | 8177 Views

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Fee Waivers

(Written by Lori McCormick) If you qualified for fee waivers to take the SAT or ACT, or are a participant in the free or reduced lunch program, then you should...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Oct. 1, 2015
Last comment by Ankishchaudhary3, on Jun 15, 2016 at 10:38 am | 8 comments | 6612 Views

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Ten Steps to Get Started with Financial Aid

(Written by John Raftrey) This blog inspired by a comment from a Palo Verde "Parent" posted last week! The blog post is to get you started. I recommend...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 14, 2014
Last comment by Nordic, on Jun 14, 2016 at 1:41 am | 3 comments | 9611 Views

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Visiting Bucknell, Dickinson, Franklin and Marshall, Gettysburg, and Ursinus

(Written by John Raftrey) Recently I visited colleges in Central Pennsylvania and Philadelphia with members of the Higher Education Consultants Association, the...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 8, 2015
Last comment by Michael, on Jun 11, 2016 at 8:12 pm | 11 comments | 9560 Views

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Changes to the 2017-2018 FAFSA

written by Lori McCormick) A recent Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) update was circulated by the College Board to college counselors, and I...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 31, 2016
There are no comments yet. 6034 Views

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508 Dreams Dashed at UC Santa Cruz

(Written by John Raftrey) UC Santa Cruz has withdrawn their offer of admission to 508 students who were planning to attend the university this fall. The university...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Aug. 11, 2015
Last comment by John, on May 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm | 24 comments | 7749 Views

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College Openings 2016

If you are having second thoughts about not finishing your college applications last fall, or aren't wildly excited about any of the colleges you were accepted...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on May. 13, 2016
There are no comments yet. 436 Views

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Should Parents Save for College?

(Written by Guest Blogger, Oindrila Ray, Co-Founder, Vuefolio, Inc.) The moment in time when parents start thinking about their child's college and what...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jun. 23, 2015
Last comment by Tammie H Oneal, on May 11, 2016 at 11:33 pm | 13 comments | 7377 Views

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Summer Planning

(written by Lori McCormick) Before you read about summer planning, a friendly reminder that if you are planning on applying for Financial Aid, the deadline for...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 6, 2015
Last comment by itunes23, on Apr 13, 2016 at 7:13 am | 3 comments | 8184 Views

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Once Again, UC’s Confuse and Disappoint Top Seniors

(Written by John Raftrey) The UC’s are once again giving out confusing results to frustrated high school seniors. Davis must have one long wait list....

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 19, 2016
Last comment by dewas, on Apr 9, 2016 at 5:47 am | 24 comments | 6069 Views

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What Freshmen Should be Thinking About College

(Written by John Raftrey) Now that high school freshmen have a semester under their belt, it is a good time to get them thinking a little bit about college. ...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jan. 28, 2015
Last comment by rakaboard, on Mar 28, 2016 at 2:23 pm | 22 comments | 11735 Views

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Why Having The Right Mentor Matters

(written by John Raftrey) One of my mentors died on Monday. Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel, was mentor to thousands of people some famous, others, like me,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Mar. 23, 2016
Last comment by Sea Reddy, on Mar 27, 2016 at 10:39 pm | 3 comments | 1946 Views

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Never Give Up

(written by Lori McCormick) Many students are celebrating their early application acceptances or are deeply saddened by their first rejection. Some even are in...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Dec. 23, 2014
Last comment by lifeuptimize, on Mar 9, 2016 at 8:30 am | 6 comments | 8763 Views

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Middle College

(Written by Lori McCormick) High school isn’t for everyone. Fortunately, there are alternative academic options for “non-traditional”...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 20, 2016
Last comment by Mike Alexander, on Feb 27, 2016 at 11:25 am | 1 comment | 2796 Views

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WUE makes out-of-state tuition more affordable

(Written by Lori McCormick) For slightly more than the cost of a CSU, you can attend University of Arizona, Washington State University, Colorado State University,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Oct. 14, 2014
Last comment by Brad Akins, on Feb 22, 2016 at 5:38 am | 3 comments | 10365 Views

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It's Never Too Late

(Written by Lori McCormick) While the statistics tend to vary depending on the organization conducting the research, between 38% - 44% of post-secondary students...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 17, 2016
Last comment by <a href="http://www.domydissertation.org/">domydissertation</a>, on Feb 22, 2016 at 5:33 am | 1 comment | 2600 Views

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Changes are coming to the SAT in 2016!

(written by guest blogger Patrick Hennes of AJ Tutoring, www. AJTutoring.com) The redesigned SAT will debut in March 2016 and will affect the class of 2017 and...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 22, 2015
Last comment by abisekbhavan, on Feb 2, 2016 at 2:23 am | 3 comments | 4540 Views

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SHOW AND TELL: Tips for Writing the College Application Essay

(Guest blog written by Sally Doane) Of all the components of the college application, the essay is perhaps the one that causes the most dread &#150; more...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Sep. 5, 2014
Last comment by Irene Schultz, on Jan 18, 2016 at 5:20 am | 5 comments | 11030 Views

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July 27th: Colleges That Change Lives are Coming

(Written by John Raftrey) The Colleges That Change Lives, ctcl.org, schools will be hosting a college fair Monday July 27th at the Santa Clara Convention Center,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jul. 21, 2015
Last comment by JamesKyne, on Jan 8, 2016 at 9:32 pm | 5 comments | 4623 Views

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Applying for FAFSA

(Written by Lori McCormick) January 1st marks the opening of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as FAFSA. If you reside in California,...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jan. 1, 2016
Last comment by CAmom, on Jan 4, 2016 at 2:24 pm | 2 comments | 4398 Views
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