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Choosing a College, Sight Unseen

I would imagine that for many graduating seniors, one of the trickiest aspects of deciding which college to attend is that students have few, if any, opportunities to set foot on campus to get a feel for the school before they need to decide. And even if you are off doing spring break tours, what you’re seeing is not exactly…

Is College Tuition Going Up Next Year?

Why do economic downturns always result in college tuition increases? Because higher education is one of the few—if not the only—services a state provides where it can offset budget shortfalls by passing the cost on to the consumer directly. For the current school year, this has been tricky: having recognized that the online education they’re receiving is an inferior product…

Yield and Why it Matters

Common App data through March 1 shows that the number of college applicants has more or less held steady this year, but the number of applications submitted increased by 11%. That means students applied to more schools this year than in past years. Which brings up the topic of yield. Yield is the percent of admitted students who enroll at…

Comparing Financial Aid Awards

We’re almost there: acceptance letters are arriving and the May 1 decision day is right around the corner. For most families, how much schools cost is part of the decision making process. But comparing award letters from different schools might seem like comparing apples to taco salad. The good news is, all offers need to show total cost of attendance,…