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You may have heard of this pandemic that’s resulted in a lot of changes at schools and, well, everything? Here’s one more change: The College Board announced it’s dropping its subject tests  for U.S. students immediately. The optional essay test will end after the June 2021 test administration. (International students will still have two more chances for subjects tests in May and June of 2021.)

What’s that mean for you? Read on…

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For most students, even generous award packages leave a significant gap between the cost of college and what you (and your family) can afford to pay. If that’s the case for you, a well-crafted appeal letter — with documented reasons for your appeal — might convince the college of your choice to increase your financial aid award.

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There’s no doubt college degrees have value, but as the costs to families continue to increase, it’s little wonder so many students and their families are starting to wonder: In pure dollars and cents, is college actually worth it?

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Typically, when people think of financial aid, they think of need-based grants and federal loans that are subsidized or have other favorable terms, largely given to students with demonstrated financial need. But there are plenty of aid options for families with higher incomes.

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.We’ve all heard the cliché: Living on campus is an essential part of the college experience. But is it really?

Turns out, roughly half of college students don’t live on campus. (It happens slightly more often at public schools than private ones.) With good reason: On average, living on campus can add about $10k per year to your kid’s college costs. 

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Asking for letters of recommendation isn’t anyone’s favorite part of applying to college, but it’s an important one. We’ve got many ideas listed below to make the process painless for you and your teachers – and ensure you get the most effective letters of recommendation that can further strengthen your college applications.

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