The cost of a college education can be daunting to say the least. Many college hopefuls are deferring applying or, once enrolled, find the costs overwhelming.
Each year the demographics of the applicant pool change and one current trend is favoring applicants. We are in a period in which the size of high school classes is decreasing so that the number of potential college students is also declining.
Colleges need to fill seats and beds in order to have enough income to keep the lights on and the professors paid. Competition for students who will enroll has increased substantially in the last couple of years. The discount rate is the difference between the published Cost of Attendance or tuition and what students are actually asked to pay. Many students are finding that the discount can be up to 50%.
To attract students, financial aid packages have been beefed up and other perks are being offered. Some colleges have frozen tuition. In addition to not raising tuition for this year, some guarantee keeping tuition the same until a student graduates.
In the past it has been difficult to get one of your colleges to increase the merit aid in your package but that may be changing. If you have a better offer from College B but want to attend College G, you can try by showing the award letter from B and asking if G can match.
Prepare to apply to multiple colleges, looking for those where you will be highly desirable. Choose those where your credentials are in the top 25% of the applicant pool or where they need your tuba, experience, your interest in an under-subscribed major or to fill a demographic slot.
Until the number of high school students begins to increase again, college applicants will have more leverage: take advantage of all of your options.
According to A+ Tutoring, a test prep company with a solid reputation, the science section doesn’t ask detailed information about various disciplines in the science curriculum. More questions are directed toward an understanding of the scientific method.
Do you know what a hypothesis is? Its the question an experiment is designed to answer
Can you describe the steps used in setting up the experiment?
How do you observe the results and interpret those results?
What conclusions do the data lead to?
General knowledge about science and its various disciplines is a good thing but understanding how the material in your science class was derived (experimentation!) will go a long way to succeeding on this section of the ACT!
The only way to have money is to not spend all that you have! Five easy ways to meet your saving goals can increase the fill-rate of your bank account.
Set a goal. How much do you want your savings to grow this year? If you don’t have a number in mind, say, enough to put a down payment on a car, you will not be able to get there!
Pay yourself first. Save a specific amount out of each pay check, even if that pay check is for $25. Ten per cent is a good figure. If you take it out before you spend any of it, you won’t miss the deduction.
Give every dollar in your check a job: paying the rent, pizza money, auto expenses and so on. Money left at the end of the month or birthday $$ should go into your saving account or into a fund for something specific that is beyond your usual expenses.
Shopping! I love retail therapy but have noticed that I often return impulse purchases. Put the 24-Hour Rule into place: if you see it, want it, wait 24 hours before going back to buy it. Its easy to get sucked into an online sale so set up a waiting period before you proceed to the checkout. I also use the One In, One Out rule. For every purchase I must get rid of something. The purple mug I’ve been wanting for my desk at work will replace one at home that I don’t use anymore. One In, One Out makes you think about that nice sweater before you click.
While I’m on the subject of shopping: track your non-essential spending. Where are your $$ going other than expenses? Are there patterns of purchases, emotional Amazon browsing, shopping as a time-waster/ boredom fighter? What can you change to make your money hang around longer?
These are my top five suggestions. Everyone can be a saver if they have a plan to stick to and a goal to reach. Make this year your most prosperous one yet by hanging onto your cash.
The AU Gap Program allows students taking a gap year of gap semester to work at an internship in DC three full days a week while living on campus and taking a college seminar in International Affairs. Internships are available in politics, journalism, business, tech, social justice, environmental advocacy and more. In addition to the online application, applicants must submit the following supplemental items electronically or via mail: High school transcript(s), A recommendation from your high school academic counselor or teacher, A recommendation from an extracurricular or community contact. Once the required documents are received, applications are submitted to the admissions committee for review and students may be contacted for a phone interview. The Deadline for applying for spring semester is November 15, 2019.
This is a phrase that means so much to you, your friends, your colleagues, and anyone else who understands the value of what you have to offer.
And it should —
because 20 years is a long time.
Frankly, if you’relike many of the folks who read my Daily Success Boost newsletters, then, during those 20 years, you have amassed an incalculable amount of knowledge, specialist know-how, and hard-earned wisdom.
So, the words “20
years of experience” ought to have gravity.
Here’s the thing,
For an interviewer, or anyone else who doesn’t know you and doesn’t understand thekind of conscientiousness your pour into your work, these words simply don’t mean a hoot. They have become meaningless.
Because they are
thrown around by just about every mature candidate.
need to give these words meaning, by spelling out in concrete terms why your
experience makes you a superior candidate.
And there are three
steps to doing this right:
First — You need to
understand what the hiring manager is looking for in their dream candidate.
What will he or she be expected to bring to the table?
Second — You need to sit down with a pen and paper, and make a list of all the tangible and intangible wins, achievements, and learning experiences that you racked up during all these years. Why is your experience valuable?
Third — You need to put these two things together, and find specific wins, achievements, and learning experiences that demonstrate why hiring managers should see your experience as the valuable asset it is.
When you take the time
to do this, then rather than saying, “I have 20 years of
experience”, you can say something like the following instead:
“During the last 20 years, I have led teams through three separate mergers. While it is often a difficult time for everyone involved, I know from experience how to deal with many of the ‘people’ problems that are often overlooked, and make the transition as smooth as humanly possible for everyone.”
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Now, if this seems
like a difficult idea to apply in your particular field or career
circumstances, don’t be dismayed. It’s probably easier than you think.
If you need help implementing Alan’s suggestions, lets take an hour to go through the steps together. Be prepared the first time and every time you interview for a new job, a new role or a promotion.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-212-6679
OK, so you applied, did your best to make your application stand out and none of your favorite colleges sent you a “Come on down!”. Don’t worry, there are many colleges that didn’t fill all the seats and beds. These are great institutions, some in your back yard, some across the country.
Here’s the link to finding just the right place to start your college career.
few years ago Dartmouth did a study. They gave incoming students (who
had taken AP psychology and got a 5 on the exam) a test to see how much
they knew. At the same time they gave students who did not have AP
psychology the same test. The students who had taken AP psychology and
who had done quite well on the AP exam did no better on this assessment
than the students who did not take AP Psychology.
stopped accepting AP courses for college credit. Most elite
universities are skeptical in this realm. They like to see their
applicants have some AP course work because then they know that the
student is prepared for college level work. But they prefer their
students to take the basic courses at their college. Giving away Courses
does them no favors and offers them no advantage. They do not need to
negotiate this so usually they don’t.
of my own kids had taken AP micro and macro and did well on the exams.
Their Ivy League college had no interest in awarding credit for this
coursework, but, more importantly, according to my kids, that was a very
good thing. Most of what they learned in these AP classes in high
school was covered in the first six weeks of their college class. After
that, the material was new. What they learned in the AP courses in high
school was very inadequate when compared to what was covered in their
actual college course for this subject.
Hope this helps –
Note added: This answer assumes the questioner wants to know why elite universities do not accept APs for credit, allowing the student to take fewer courses and pay less tuition. They don’t care very much about saving you money and they strongly prefer that you take the courses at their school. You might get to skip a class (without any tuition adjustment) and this may or may not be advisable.
Its decision time. Colleges have notified the students they have admitted, or will in the next few days. The wait has seemed endless and everyone wants to have the decision and deposit made.
Here is some ammunition to support your need to make a good choice without second guessing, anxiety or fear of making the wrong pick.
First, know that the college doesn’t educate you, you do that for yourself. Dedicate yourself to learning all that you can and to acquiring the skills employers want regardless of your college or major.
Remember that very few students, even those who know which career they want to prepare for actually graduate in the major they declare on their application. There are so many more options that will grad your attention than you can imagine now. You may end up in a completely different field of study than the one you are passionate about today.
Second, college is about growing and exploring yourself and the world. That you will change over the next four years is inevitable; you would change if you sat at home watching Netflix. You can’t predict who you will meet or how they will affect you. New directions will present themselves for your perusal through the friendships and professors on your campus. This will happen where ever you go. Don’t waste time trying to figure out if one set of people will be “better” than another. Your willingness to engage is what matters.
Third, you chose to apply to this set of colleges for specific reasons. Those reasons are still valid. Visit the schools that chose you over many others to see how you feel about each one. You will adapt to the college you attend and you will change that institution by being part of the campus. Take a deep breath and know that your choice will be the right one. Don’t look back, keep moving forward!
Some colleges don’t care a fig whether you come for a visit and others want to see your face if at all possible. Most colleges track the interest you show in their campus and among those that do, quite a few add or subtract points when evaluating your application.
Its a good idea to perform, DI, Demonstrated Interest, in the colleges where you will, or have already applied. Its never too late to show an admissions office how much you care.
Follow their teams and send kudos for victories or express disappointment at loses.
Follow the college on social media, Yes, this will show all of them which colleges you are interested in so come up with a plan that highlights the top of your list, at least until the early decisions have been rendered.
Use email to stay in touch with the admissions office. Congratulations are in order for the hiring of an influential professor, National Science Foundation grants, a new president, or anything else new and exciting on campus (like breaking ground for a new building). It shows you are paying attention!
Update your application with an email explaining a new award, project, successful research paper, sports success, new job, travel opportunity, etc.
Ask questions! Ask about anything that isn’t on the college website. Does the cafeteria buy locally? Who sponsors intramural tournaments? Can you have your own locker in the rec center? Are there hours during which you can’t practice your tuba in the dorm?
BONUS: GO VISIT! See the campus at least once before submitting your application and again before a decision is rendered if you live within reasonable driving distance.
Applications from students who have no history with the university are called stealth applications. Typically, they are given less weight under the assumption that the student isn’t particularly interested in coming. The admissions office is charged with filling seats and beds and will choose students who are more likely to deposit if admitted.
Go forth and communicate! Its not too early or too late!