Financial Aid for International Students

A college education is one the most important investments that a family will make in their lifetime. Because of this, an important aspect of our work is helping students find colleges or universities that are not only strong academic and social matches but good financial choices. Figuring out how to pay for college can be confusing and stressful for anyone, but particularly for international students.

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Jennie Kent, M.Ed., CEP
Almost September – Time To Decide About Early Decision

Many families believe that Early Decision is the best way to get into highly selective colleges. They know that ED admit rates are often higher than those of Regular Decision, sometimes even twice as high or more. And when looking at low RD admit rates, anything helps! Your child will need to decide soon if she expects to apply during this round with its application deadlines of October 15, November 1, and November 15. But is applying Early Decision the right decision for your child?

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Jeff Levy, CEP
Finding Colleges That Are Affordable

When it comes to your child’s college list, everyone talks about finding schools that are a great fit. To most people, this means two things: academic and social. Academically, these should be schools that have strong programs in the disciplines your child expects to pursue, places where they will be challenged and successful. Socially, these should be schools where your child will fit in, will be honored for who they are, and will find friends for life.

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Jeff Levy, CEP
The Great “Success” of the University of Chicago

Many people think that the University of Chicago’s admit rates have always been infinitesimal. But attached to its reputation for academic rigor was a sarcastic dig that the institution couldn’t shake: The place where fun comes to die. While the applicant pool at comparable schools in the northeast and far west grew exponentially, UChicago’s languished. But in 2005, its Board of Trustees decided to change all that. This engineered rise in the rankings tells us a lot about the business of college admission.

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Jeff Levy, CEP