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How America Pays for College 2020

Want to know how other people pay for college? Sallie Mae’s recently-released annual report will tell you. This year’s survey was done in March and April of this year and reflects the 2019-2020 school year. A few key points: College costs went up. On average families paid just over $30,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year, compared with just over $26,000…

Student Athletes

If you’re the parent of a student athlete, you’ll want to watch this interview with Kathy Connor of Connor College Consulting. A former D1 student-athlete, Kathy is also mom to two college athletes (D1 and D3) and a college admissions consultant specializing in student athletes, so she has seen college athletics from every angle. A few key takeaways: Athletic scholarships…

What to do Right Now

I keep hearing variations on the theme of, “When things are uncertain, it’s helpful to have specific tasks to do.” So here is a to do list for you, sorted by your student’s age. Current College Student Check your course schedule to confirm if your in-person and online courses align such that you can get to both. Make sure you…

To Defer or not to Defer

Many students are considering deferring enrollment for the fall; surveys show that perhaps as many as 15% of college-bound students in the high school class of 2020 are likely to defer. Their peers in older cohorts are considering gap years, too, and many if not most international students are unlikely to be on campus in the fall. All of these…