Demystifying FAFSA: Everything You Need to Know in 2024

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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the primary form that students in the United States use to apply for college financial aid. It helps determine eligibility for grants, loans, and work-study programs offered by the federal government, state governments, and the colleges themselves. The FAFSA serves as a crucial gateway for students […]

Major Matters: How to Approach the “Major” question on Your College Applications

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This question often arises: Does it matter which potential major(s) I list on my college applications? The simple answer: YES! An applicant’s intended major has become increasingly important in the college admissions process, for a variety of reasons. Chief among them is that colleges need to admit an incoming class of students with a diversity […]

Navigating College Visits: Key Questions for a Meaningful Experience

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As spring break approaches, many high school students embark on a pivotal journey: college visits. These visits provide an invaluable opportunity to explore campuses, soak in the atmosphere, and envision a potential academic and social home for the next chapter of their lives. But amidst the whirlwind of tours and information sessions, knowing the right […]

Navigating College Fairs: A Comprehensive Guide

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It’s the start of the school year, which means college admissions representatives are hitting the road to visit students in their own backyards. Opportunities to meet with admissions representatives are becoming increasingly important due to the importance of Demonstrated Interest in the admissions process. College Fairs and high school visits provide students with the opportunity […]

10 Tips for Tackling Supplemental Essays

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10 Tips for Tackling Supplemental Essays “Supplemental Essays” is a catch-all term for the essays on a college application in addition to the Personal Essay. They are specific to each college and serve to provide the school with more details and nuance about you, your interests, character, and aspirations. They are often creative and wide-ranging, […]

Why Does it Seem so Hard to Get into College?

By Alyse Levine, Founder & CEO of Premium Prep College Counseling   There’s a scene in the 2017 Greta Gerwig film Ladybird in which the title character receives her college admissions results on her clunky 2000s-era desktop. The University of California system page informs her that she was admitted to only one school: UC Davis. […]

7 Reasons You Should Hire a College Counselor

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What Colleges Look for in Your Summer Experiences

By Alyse Levine, Founder & CEO of Premium Prep College Counseling It may not feel like it right now, but summer will be here soon. School will be out, and you’ll have a few short months before it starts up again. Of course, summer is for relaxing and unwinding, but it’s also a time for self-growth, […]

5 Ways to Stand Out When Applying to College

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