Summer and Getting Started on the College Essay

by Todd Weaver on July 9, 2015

HikingVT2015Summer brings a needed break from the stress of high school.

It’s time for students to relax a bit!

Enjoying some ice cream with your friends when the sun sets; reading a good book without having to analyze it; hitting the beach, or even taking a hike with with your dog.

Don’t forget it’s OK to earn some money, too!

For rising seniors, however, the activity around the college application process should be picking up in the next few weeks. The Common Application goes “live” on August 1, 2015.

That’s right – now that the Independence Day holiday has passed, it’s time to start considering what you (the student) will be saying to the colleges that you’ll be applying to this Fall.

Have you begun to think about the dreaded college essay tips you will write?

Here are the essay prompts that high school seniors need to start thinking about this summer.

Are you thinking about applying to the University of Chicago? Check out their U of Chicago essay supplements options!

Fear not! We are here to help alleviate the stress of managing the essay and application process.

Over the next several weeks, we’re offering workshops on the college Essay and the Common Application, around New England. For our students and their friends who are nearby, consider attending a workshop near your home.

Sign up soon!

If you can’t make it to one of the workshops, feel free to contact us to learn about working with our essay specialist directly.

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College CostThat’s right – the Federal Student Loan program interest rates are set for the 2015-2016 academic year – and they are going down!

Based on the sale of 10-Year T-bills on Wednesday, May 13th, the new interest rate for Stafford Loanfor your Federal Direct Loan (Stafford) will be fixed at 4.29%, down from 4.66%. A drop of more than a third of a percentage point.

That could mean saving more than $600 in interest payments, based on the average debt of $28,400 that 2013 graduates had reported.

Not bad!

The new interest rates are for loans that originate after July 1, 2015, up to June 30, 2016.

Parent (PLUS) Loan interest has also seen a significant drop from the current 7.21% down to 6.84%.

Graduate Loan rates will be 5.84%, down from 6.21%.

Contact the financial aid office at your student’s college to ask about further details. Don’t forget to ask about the possibility of increasing your college scholarship or college grant money each year, as well!

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Shopping at the GAP or Taking a GAP (Year)?

May 4, 2015

Tweet Tweet   Acceptance letters and financial aid awards are in! Now what? Are you and your student happy with the options on the table? If they are, then you did the college search correctly and have the funds to pay for the four year investment. If not, your student may want to consider taking […]

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