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You work hard, get good grades, do community service, participate
in extra-curricular, score perfectly on t he SAT and can't get into
Harvard. Why not? Daddy doesn't make enough money or have enough
"Christopher Ovitz applied to Brown University, but "was
not even in the range of the normal stretch that Brown would make
for children of the wealthy and powerful." But he was granted
a place at Brown. Although Christopher Ovitz lasted only a year,
according to Golden, Brown has reaped the ongoing rewards from Ovitz
and his extensive Hollywood contacts.Christopher Ovitz is the son
of former Hollywood agent and president of Walt Disney, Michael
Children Can Get Into Good Colleges
Every year homeschoolers are admitted to hundreds of colleges in at least
five countries. Those who prepare thoroughly can be admitted with full
scholarships at those selective colleges that some parents daydream about
their children attending:
list of colleges and universities that have admitted homescholers]
You a Helicopter Parent?
Helicopter parents hover. They are always on the lookout for threats to
their children's success and happiness. If a problem does surface, these
parents are ready to swoop in and save the day. [Read
parents try too hard
By Martha Irvine, AP National Writer November 7, 2006
Some parents are writing their college-age kids' resumes. Others are acting
as their children's "representatives," hounding college career
counselors, showing up at job fairs and sometimes going as far as calling
employers to ask why their son or daughter didn't get a job. It's the
next phase in helicopter parenting, a term coined for those who have hovered
over their children's lives from kindergarten to college. [Read
in a College Essay?
Understanding What Colleges Are Looking for In Your Child
The college essay gives your child a chance to communicate with the school
on a more personal level. [Read
Stupid Ways to Ruin Your College Application
By Jay Mathews, Washington Post, October 16, 2007
With just two weeks before the deadline for early action and early decision
applications to many colleges, I offer these examples of wrong-headedness
in the admissions process. [read
Comes of Age
Teaching children at home is no longer just the choice of religious and
political iconoclasts. Now, drawn by Brown’s tradition of independence
and self-direction, a new generation of homeschoolers is arriving—and
in the Dorm or Buy a House?
Rising college costs are causing some parents to consider alternate housing
for their students: They're bypassing the dorm and off-campus apartments
in favor of buying a condominium or single-family home. In some cases,
it might be not a bad idea.[read
your college kid a condo?
Investing in a place for your freshman may seem like a good idea. But
there are lots of risks to consider, including whether your child would
ever vacuum. [read
The College Game - Money
A scholarship is an award of money that
needs not be repaid or earned through employment. Some scholarships are
awarded on the basis of a student’s athletic or other special merits.
Others are given solely on the basis of academic excellence. Generally,
scholarships based on academic achievement are called merit scholarships.
are based on academic performance as defined by standardized test scores,
high school GPA, and/or class rank. Others take leadership, service, and
financial need into consideration. Candidates are evaluated individually,
which allows scholarship selection committees to take a holistic approach
in considering each student's qualifications.
Grants are similar to scholarships because they are not repaid or earned
through employment. Eligibility for grants requires only that students
demonstrate need and make satisfactory academic progress.
A private outside award is money given to students by persons or organizations
outside the University. Such awards may range from a few hundred dollars
given by a local service club to several thousand dollars awarded by a
large corporation. Normally, the donor of the award selects the recipients.
Donors also set eligibility and method of payment, as well as award amounts.
Consult employers, local service or professional organizations, trade
unions, foundations, churches, etc., to learn more about those in your
area who may be potential outside award donors.
Universities require that you file a Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA)/Renewal Application to be considered for most grants, scholarships,
and fee remissions.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures
that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded or federally
guaranteed financial assistance for education beyond high school.
Scholarships, Financial Aid and Colleges
FastWeb, the Internet's leading scholarship search service, helps students
make the decisions that shape their lives: choosing a college, paying
for college, and finding jobs and internships.
And it's all free.
Stafford Loan Program
Stafford Loans are federal student loans made available to
college and university students to supplement personal and family resources,
scholarships, grants, and work-study. Nearly all students are eligible
to receive Stafford loans regardless of credit. Stafford loans may be
subsidized by the U.S. Government or unsubsidized depending on the student's
PLUS Loan for Parents
Parent PLUS Loans is a loan borrowed by a parent on behalf of a child
to help pay for tuition and school related expenses at an eligible college
or university. The student must be enrolled at least half time, and the
parent must pass a credit check in order to receive this loan. The primary
benefit of the PLUS Loans is that parents can borrow federally guaranteed
low interest loans to help pay for their child's education.
Student Aid (FSA)
The U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs
are the largest source of student aid in America, providing nearly
70% of all student financial aid.
Aid Calendar (from the Collge Board website)
The summer after your child's junior year is the time to turn your
attention to the financial aid application process. Make sure that
your child requests and files away financial aid information from
every college of interest. Together, set up a calendar that tracks
the important dates and deadlines of each college, and start looking
Merit Scholarship Program
High school juniors may qualify for National Merit Scholarships
by receiving a high score on the PSAT taken in October of the junior
all the things I have learned about PSAT so far [here].
Search at the Collge Board Website
The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income
undergraduate and certain postbaccalaureate students to promote
access to postsecondary education. Students may use their grants
at any one of approximately 5,400 participating postsecondary institutions.
The College Game - Getting In
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that
goes on inside people. He said, 'My son, the battle is between
two 'wolves' inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed,
arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false
pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility,
kindness, benevolence, empathy, generos ity, truth, compassion
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his
grandfather: 'Which wolf wins
The old Cherokee simply replied, 'The one you feed.
Shakespeare Might Flunk SAT Essay Test
by Scott Simon for Weekend Edition Saturday, February 21, 2004
NPR's Scott Simon talks to John Katzman about the new SAT essay
test. Katzman makes the case, in an article in the Atlantic Monthly,
that Ernest Hemingway and Shakespeare would not score well on the
Each year, the College Board serves over three and a half million students
and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major
programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial
aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs
are the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT® and the Advanced Placement Program®(AP)."
The world's best test-prep company gives you everything you need for high
school, college and beyond. Whether taking a test, searching for the right
college or graduate school, or planning a career, The Princeton Review
guides you every step of the way.
Students wondering where to go to college and how to get there, or parents
trying to unravel the mystery of the college and the financial aid application
process, College Answer (formerly known as Wiredscholar) is the site for
for Students with Disabilities
The College Board considers a specific diagnosis of a disability and description
of functional limitations (impact on learning resulting from the disability)
as fundamental components in determining that a student is eligible for
accommodations on College Board tests, and what accommodations appropriately
meet the student's individual needs.
for Students with Disabilities (ACT)
ACT is committed to serving students with disabilities by providing
reasonable accommodations appropriate to the student's disability. ACT
has established policies regarding documentation of an applicant's disability
and the process for requesting accommodations.
As homeschoolers,we cannot call our classes an AP class unless it has
been approved by the college board. To receive authorization from the
College Board to label a course "AP," teachers without previous
authorization for their course(s) must submit two documents related to
the course: a syllabus and the subject-specific AP Course Audit form.
Both documents are submitted online through the AP Course Audit website.[read
College Board AP Program does not require you to take an AP course before
taking an AP Exam. You may repeat an exam in a subsequent year. In such
cases, both grades will be reported unless you request that one be withheld
very general but key dates for homeschoolers;
1 - Deadline for homeschooled students and students whose schools
do not offer AP to contact AP Services for a list of local AP Coordinators
at whose schools they could arrange to test.
6 - Deadline for submitting complete student Eligibility Forms for
students with disabilities using the School Verification Process.
15 - Deadline for homeschooled students and students whose schools
do not offer AP to contact AP Coordinators identified by AP Services.
Universities offer college credit for AP courses, This is a sample segment
of a chart from
220 & 221
AP at the College Board Website
Interested in AP Courses? General information about the
AP Program is available from
all the things I have learned about AP so far [here]
College Entrance Tests
This test cannot be administered at home. It is administered at the High
Schools. You can schedule it by contacting the Principal of the local
or a provate high school, when we did this we were referred to one of
the guidance counselors.
PSAT/NMSQT gives you first hand practice for the SAT. The PSAT/NMSQT measures
critical reading, math problem-solving, and writing skills.
Resources at the college board]
The SAT- The SAT measures
verbal, math reasoning and writing abilities. These are abilities develop
over time through the work you do in school and on your own. SAT scores
can help and colleges better understand how you compare with other students
preparing for college.
SAT Subject Tests (AP) - You can take
Subject Tests to show colleges your mastery of specific subjects, like
English, History and Social Studies, math, science, and language. Colleges
can use your Subject Test scores to make admission decisions, help determine
how well prepared you are for college programs, place you in freshman
or higher-level course work, advise you on course selection. Subject tests
fall into five general subject areas each test for more information: English
(Literature, Writing), History (U.S. History, World History), Mathematics,
Science (Biology E/M, Chemistry, Physics).
The ACT - American
College Test - Multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English,
mathematics, reading, and science. Optional writing test measures skill
in planning and writing a short essay.
Examination Program (CLEP)
College-Level Examination Program® or CLEP provides students of any
age with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through
a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. There are 2,900 colleges
that grant credit and/or advanced standing for CLEP exams. Before you
take a CLEP exam, check directly with the college or university you plan
to attend to make sure that it grants credit for the CLEP exam(s) you
wish to take, and review the specifics of the institution's CLEP policy.
Path to College: Managing Priorities
you list 10 tasks your teen is supposed to get done by the end of a
week, maybe half of them will get done. The thing to recognize is that
at some point it is no longer your responsibility to be the list maker.
Great. So how do you ensure what's supposed to get done - gets done?
Well you can start by helping your teen manage priorities, by demonstrating
that yourself, by explaining how that gets done. By surrounding them
with "hints" that encourage organization. Adele Faber and
Elaine Mazlish write in their book: How
to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk
that the best way to communicate with a stressed teen is to listen to
feelings and offer advice when it is solicited. This advice works. The
more you impress on your student that it his future and not yours, the
more they take ownership of tasks they need to accomplish. The good
news about the path to college is that it can be a fun journey if you
let it. The other part of the good news is that there is "blueprint"
you can follow to meet your goals.
The National College
Sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling
(NACAC) and hosted locally, this event is free and open to the public.
As the process of applying to and selecting a college becomes more and
more competitive and complex, students and parents need all the help
and information they can get. Attending a college fair is an excellent
way to gather information about colleges and universities. The fair
allows students and parents to meet one-on-one with admission representatives
from a wide range of national and international, public and private,
two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Participants will
learn about admission requirements, financial aid, course offerings,
and campus environment, as well as other information pertinent to the