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Does a Free Lunch Exist?

Here’s how to borrow $127,000 in student loans, only repay $87,000 over twenty years, and have the U.S. Government pick up the tab for the $450,000 still owed at the end of the repayment period.  [Notice the quadrupling effect on the total balance owed because of the interest that accrues in the two decade long repayment period? …

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Where is the “Middle” in Middle Class?

Middle class families can sometimes feel like this: Cartoon credit: Americans for Limited Government, 2015 Especially when considering the annually increasing tuition, and other costs for a college education:   Related PostsHoliday Gifts for the College Student House & Senate Approve Student Loan Interest Rate Freeze Sidewalk Surprises ACT & SAT Test Prep is Not …

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New Information about the June 6, 2015 SAT Error

Scores from the June 6, 2015 SAT will still be valid; however, any student believing their June 6, 2015 SAT scores were unduly affected by the printing error, which we discussed in our previous post, can petition for a retake for free.  The College Board will waive the fees for the October 3, 2015 SAT …

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Homework Blues

Presented for parents who contend daily, sometimes through a full 12 rounds, with their teenagers about their homework assignments:  Published May 13, 2015 Related PostsEditing College Essays Can Test Your Last Nerve 812% = Rise of College Text Book Prices Since 1980 Ahead of the Curve: December 3, 2013 The Final Lap The University of California …

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The FAFSA PIN is Now the FSA ID

When submitting the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply for financial aid at colleges and universities all over the United States, parents and students have needed a PIN number as their electronic signature.  Recently, Federal Student Aid has changed the PIN to an FSA ID, which will serve as an electronic …

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Guest Post: Investigating the Stereotypes about Women’s Colleges

Hearsay and rumors can preclude students from considering women’s colleges.  In order to gain more understanding, Olivia and Stephanie, the authors of the following post, share their experiences as students at women’s colleges in different parts of the United States.  Olivia currently attends Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA and Stephanie recently graduated from Mills College …

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They’re Called Growing Pains for a Reason

Seniors all over the country, who are facing May 1st deadline to officially enroll in a college may be at times surly, reclusive, exuberant, talkative, manic, anxious and exhausted – sometimes changing moods within one breath – personifying the complexities of going to college. Zafrin, one senior in the midst of choosing a college, recently …

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Common Application Essays Part 4: Defining Prompt 2

Knowing the meaning of the essay question can help college applicants write the most insightful college essays possible.  Luckily, we, at Creative Marbles Consultancy, have done the defining work.  Over the last decade, we’ve complied a stack of hand-written, dog-eared yellow pads full of words, along with a growing library of digital photos of our …

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A Career May Be “Part Time”

“Full time” employment may not come from only ONE job for college grads. The Los Angeles Times provides more details on the “part-time” and temporary jobs growth. Cartoon Credit: http://www.intoon.com/cartoons.cfm/id/125005 Related PostsTo Take or Not Take the SAT Subject Tests No Free Lunch: A Student Loan Borrower’s Tale How to Make the Most of A …

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Moving Away to College May Be More Complicated Than Expected

Move-in day is looming for soon-to-be college freshmen all over the country. What to pack, what to leave at home, saying good-bye to close friends, concerns about an unknown roommate(s), signing up for the “right” classes at a brand-new school, and moving out of a childhood home can make for a bittersweet time.  On the …