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The Bittersweetness of Choosing a College

  “We live in a house around the corner from my parents. He’s gone to all the same schools I went to, and his grandfather went to. We’ve lived this suburban, settled lifestyle. And, now, we’re telling him we want him to dream and live a life in the arts, if that’s what he wants. …

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Tuition Surging at California Public Universities for 2017-18

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University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) students will pay more tuition for the 2017-18 school year.  For the first time in six years, both the UC and CSU boards have approved tuition and fee increases.  At the same time, Governor Jerry Brown proposes to phase out the state-sponsored Middle Class Scholarship program for students …

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“I Have Student Debt?”

[Sung to the tune of Heigh Ho from Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs] “I owe, I owe, so off to work I go…” Even though I remember singing this refrain in jest, Millennials, the current generation between age 18 – 35 , may not be so light-hearted. According to Bloomberg News in April 2016: A …

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And, You Thought College Tuition Was Expensive…

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute shows that in multiple states, childcare expenses are greater than college tuition… Related Posts“Demonstrated Interest” & College Admissions The Benefits of “Frenemies”? Winds of Change Blow in California’s Higher Education Systems Thinking Outside the Box to Pay for College Top 10 Questions NOT to Ask a High …

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The Middle Class Squeeze

In the last several years, our middle class clients are being confronted by flattening incomes and  college costs that have risen over 1000%.  More and more families are finding themselves not only planning to pay for college when their children are quite young, but asking for more financial assistance when their children are ready to …

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University of California Flagship Cuts Staff

The stress from the continuous reduction in state funding over the last decade has finally come to the University of California’s flagship campus, Cal Berkeley.  The Washington Post reported on April 13: a workforce reduction of about 6 percent that comes as the prestigious public flagship is moving to erase a large budget deficit. In …

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Texts from a College Admissions Victor

About Karli: She’s a freshman at the University of California Davis, currently studying Biology and Chemistry.  Karli is a former Creative Marbles Consultancy client; we advised her as a high school senior through the college admissions process, knowing the pressures she experienced in completing her college applications.   In response to a recent New York …

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Know the Instructions

Did you know you’re going to be allotted a specific time period for reading during the following Advanced Placement (AP) exams?  See below for the specific instructions from the College Board website. AP Exam Reading Periods Eight AP Exams – Biology, English Language and Composition, European History, Latin, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, United States History, and World …

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Preparing for Your First College Admissions Interview

Going to your first college admissions interview can be pretty nerve-wracking if you don’t know what know expect. In the following podcast, admissions interview veteran, David Alcalay, shares his first college admissions interview experience, and some tips on how to prepare: Related PostsThe California State University System Changes Graduation Requirements Is College Worth the Expense? The …

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As You Commence…

    You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing, but what you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.   – Alan …