A Musical Representation of the College Admissions Process

A Musical Representation of the College Admissions Process

Music helps us get through, identify, and celebrate significant moments in our lives.  I realized when watching the music video to Sonic Youth’s Drunken Butterfly…

6 Things International Students Need to Know about Financial Aid at U.S. Colleges and Universities

6 Things International Students Need to Know about Financial Aid at U.S. Colleges and Universities

I’m going to keep it short and sweet: Here’s what international students need to know about financial aid at American colleges! 1. Understand that there is…

The TP Staff Weighs In: 5 Things We Wish We’d Known About Financial Aid

The TP Staff Weighs In: 5 Things We Wish We’d Known About Financial Aid

Financial aid season is upon us, propsies! If you haven’t started preparing and applying for aid already, what are you waiting for? The Prospect has…

6 Tips for Getting Your Parents to File the FAFSA Right Away

6 Tips for Getting Your Parents to File the FAFSA Right Away

My brother had so much of his college tuition paid for by scholarships (he had almost a full ride) that our family had no problems…

The Financial Aid Terms You Need: Need-Aware versus Need-Blind Policies

The Financial Aid Terms You Need: Need-Aware versus Need-Blind Policies

George Washington University has recently received a lot of flack regarding its misrepresentation of its financial aid policy as “need-blind” when in reality, the institution…

Extreme Couponing and Other Money-Saving Ways: College Edition

Extreme Couponing and Other Money-Saving Ways: College Edition

After jumping through all of the correct hoops to get into the college of your dreams, securing a hefty financial aid package, and schmoozing your…

The Lament of the Employed Freshman: The Do’s and Don’ts of the College Job

The Lament of the Employed Freshman: The Do’s and Don’ts of the College Job

All colleges are different, but here’s one thing that all college students can agree on: freshman orientation passes by in a hellish, frenzied blur that…

So Your Counselor Wants You to Apply to Only State Schools…

So Your Counselor Wants You to Apply to Only State Schools…

At my California high school, if you go to talk to any of the counselors about college options, they will all say the same thing:…

HEOP: Bringing Hope to High School Seniors

HEOP: Bringing Hope to High School Seniors

Just to be clear, I’m not a HEOP student (or, as they’re affectionately called, a HEOP-per.) What’s so amazing to me about HEOP is that…

The Scholarship Paradox

The Scholarship Paradox

Congratulations on your acceptance to Your Childhood Dream University! After a detailed analysis of your financial situation, we have come to the decision to award…

The CSS Profile Paradox: You Have to Pay Money to Get Money

The CSS Profile Paradox: You Have to Pay Money to Get Money

Right about this time last year, I had 39 colleges on my list. Crazy, right?  I was super pumped! I had amazing supplements in mind…

8 Tips for Avoiding Financial Aid Nightmares

8 Tips for Avoiding Financial Aid Nightmares

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single high school senior in possession of a good FAFSA account must be in want of a…

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