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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Taking Charge of College Admission
Many parents can recall the days when they applied to one, or perhaps two or three colleges, got accepted to their first choice school, and were done. Today, when over 12 million readers across the nation eagerly await the release of the annual August issue of US News ...By Elizabeth LaScala

Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Budget Basics for New College Graduates
Here's a question I'm often asked by new or soon to be college graduates: "I am looking for a job. Can you help me figure out how much income I will need to pay bills and start to reduce my student loan debt?" The answer to this question will depend on your net income ...By Elizabeth LaScala

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Use Your Most Powerful Tool for Getting Into College
As a college advisor I give college related advice all year round. One of the most common conversations I have with families is about high school coursework-what to take, when to take it and how much it matters (to get into a good college). In order to give back to a ...By Elizabeth LaScala

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
The Big Mistake Students Make When Filling Out FAFSA
As the flurry starts to die down around applying to colleges, there is a new issue for students and their families to consider. Students may have to be just as thoughtful about filling out the FAFSA as they were about completing their college applications.
By Elizabeth LaScala

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
When a College Degree May Not Be Enough
It would seem that graduating from a good college with solid grades is no longer sufficient to be competitive in today's job market. This is the conclusion drawn by the Editor in Chief of Kiplinger Magazine, Knight Kiplinger, who recently told a story about his ...By Elizabeth LaScala

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Student Loans That Make Sense
The wide availability of student loans in the U.S. reflects the value our nation places on access to higher education. As a college admission counselor, I have worked with students who could not attend college without the help of a student loan. However, student loans ...By Elizabeth LaScala

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Common Application: A Failed Launch That Keeps on Failing
Some 500 colleges and tens of thousands of students have come to depend on the Common Application. For those unfamiliar with the Common Application, what it is and what it does, consider yourselves lucky. That means you are not dealing with the problems it is causing ...By Elizabeth LaScala

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
How to Tackle the UC Application
The University of California application ...By Elizabeth LaScala

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Expert Tips for High School Students Applying to College
Each year high school students make serious college application mistakes that are both heartbreaking and avoidable. Here is my best advice condensed into seven tips to help you demonstrate sincere, strong and consistent interest with a shorter, more cohesive set of ...By Elizabeth LaScala

Wednesday, June 05, 2013
The Little Word that Means a Lot in College Admissions
Many parents are surprised to discover that unless their child is failing and placed on academic probation they will not hear from the student's college or university. They are also surprised to hear that they no longer have access to their college student's grades ...By Elizabeth LaScala

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Disappointing College Admissions Results? Read On!
Now that acceptances, rejections and waitlist notifications have arrived, some seniors are not too happy with their admission results. Want to try again? ThatŐs good because there are several hundred colleges ready and waiting to consider your application. If you ...By Elizabeth LaScala

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Lafayette College Adviser The Controversy over College Costs
One article decries runaway college tuition and rising student debt, placing blame squarely on shoulders of colleges. Writers of these articles believe that colleges should be held accountable for wooing students to their campuses, showcasing athletic facilities, newly ...By Elizabeth LaScala

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Lafayette's College Admissions Advisor The Common Application: Change Remains the Same
When a high school student starts to apply to college, the first application he or she will probably encounter is called the "Common Application," produced by a nonprofit organization called "Common Application" (www.commonapp.org) that serves members and students ...By Elizabeth LaScala

Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Lafayette's College Admissions Advisor Is Resistance Futile? - Avoiding Three Misconceptions in the College Application Process
Widespread misconceptions flourish in the college admissions world, providing advantages to colleges but often hurting applicants and their families. You can resist falling prey to these preventable and often expensive mistakes by becoming more well-informed.
By Elizabeth LaScala

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