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Don’t let the pandemic change your college plans, apply to college today!

Should I still apply to college? Is college still worth it? How can I even think about applying to college with everything else that is going on in my life? This pandemic has made everything more challenging than it already was. These are common questions that many seniors and adults are asking themselves. Many students […]

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CBO K-12 Parent School Counselor Student

What Students Need Now

Our children are falling behind in their academic career to the extent that they will not graduate in four years of high school. Students do not attend class every day, do not turn in assignments,  and are not always honest with their parents and teachers. It can be seen as an exacerbation of the inequities […]

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Dear Parent

Dear Parent, You are good enough: when you let your child watch tv instead of do homework when bathing is a weekly activity when your child is crying and you walk away for a few minutes You are good enough. You are good enough: when milk and goldfish are the menu for lunch when bedtime […]

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K-12 Parent School Counselor

“All We Need Is…” A Perspective Piece

As the world commemorated the graduating class of 2020, albeit, in untraditional ways, the Class of 2021 held their breaths in hopes of reduced COVID cases, lifted constraints, and a typical school year. However, they would soon find themselves echoing the sighs and disappointments shared by their predecessors, with the loss of significant milestones, online […]

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Parent Student

What are my Postsecondary Options?

The big questions many high school students are tired of hearing are “where are you going to college?” and “what is next, after high school?” For some, it may seem that there is only one option, whether that is a four year university which we are told is our best option or community college which […]

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Parent School Counselor Student

Where Should I Apply as a BIPOC?

“Which colleges should I apply to?” College counselors across the country guide students through this important question every year. Counselors discuss important aspects such as affordability, location, and institutional selectivity as they help students navigate college selection. However, there are other critical considerations for students who are racially underrepresented in higher education.  Historically many predominantly-white […]

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Tapping Into Transition and Bridge Programs to Address Summer and COVID Melt

The transition to college is fraught with challenges, particularly for students who have been underrepresented and marginalized in higher education. Far too many students who plan to attend college do not matriculate or do not persist. Lack of support or knowledge, problems with financial aid, and insufficient academic preparation could all contribute to this summer […]

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Types of Financial Aid

What are Grants? A grant is money from the federal government that does NOT have to be repaid as long as you meet all obligations. Examples of when you may have to pay back a grant are: you drop out before 60% of the semester is over, you go from full-time to part-time during that […]

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Parent Student

Financial Aid: What is it? How to apply?

What is Financial Aid?  Financial aid is money meant to help students pay for college. Financial aid can come from various sources: federal government, state government, your college, or private sources. In order to see if you are eligible for federal financial aid, students must complete the official FAFSA application. FAFSA stands for Free Application […]

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What is College Counseling Now?

Never has it been more evident that our postsecondary pipeline and advising systems need a major overhaul. Students and adults have long noted that the support they desire falls woefully short, leaving too many without the guidance they deserve and need. School counselors are licensed, trained and prepared to serve all students, yet they are […]