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  • How to Make College More Affordable - Advice for Parents
    That means for higher income families Kenyon is likely to be a significantly lower net price than Williams while for lower income families Williams is the better bet This scenario plays out over and over again so it pays to do your research to figure out where the money is for your family Meanwhile it s no surprise that so many students attend public universities Out of the gate you ll cut 10 000 to 15 000 or more a year off your net price by going this route and likely even more with financial aid However low income families may actually fare better at private institutions that meet 100 percent of financial need very few public universities meet full need 5 Be Open Minded It also pays big time to be open minded about where your teenager goes to college Middle class families tend to focus sometimes overly so on getting their teenagers into top tier institutions Unfortunately these schools can be really expensive for middle class families because like Williams they frequently don t offer non need based aid The truth is your teenager can be successful at many many colleges not just the ones topping the rankings in US News and World Report It s so important to remember that there are many places where your child can thrive says Nancy Berk a psychologist and author of College Bound and Gagged How to Help Your Kid Get Into a Great College Without Losing Your Savings Your Relationship Or Your Mind And it s not dependent on how popular a school is with your peer group or theirs Tip Students who file the FAFSA early will get on average twice as much grant money as students who wait until later in the year What s more if your student is capable of earning a spot at a top tier institution then your student has an excellent chance of being offered generous amounts of non need based aid at many other schools Even less than stellar students can get significant amounts of merit aid if they apply carefully In general you can improve your chances for merit aid by applying to institutions where your teenager is in the top 25 percent of applicants Your teenager can also get merit aid for non academic achievements often in sports or the arts but even for activities like volunteering Those merit awards are to reward students but they re also to attract students to a particular college explains Cecilia Castellano head of enrollment management at Bowling Green State University in Ohio For example I recently worked with a student who was applying to Yale University of Michigan and Bowling Green She was one of our top scholars And she received the top award at Bowling Green The student enrolled at BGSU this past fall I can t speak for her but in our conversations it sounded like Bowling Green was a better fit and we offered more merit aid says Castellano 6

    Original URL path: http://yourteenmag.com/teens-college/the-real-cost-of-college (2016-04-26)
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  • College Visit Tips
    in the student center or work out at the gym And try to talk to the students you meet along the way At one school we got lost trying to find one of the academic buildings and my daughter asked a student for directions He wound up walking us there and telling her why he chose the school and what his experience had been like so far Do your homework Start early Go beyond the tour 4 Ask Questions Make a list of questions before you leave on your trip In fact Kelly Queijo founder of SmartCollegeVisit com suggests asking the same questions on every tour This helps your teenager make an apples to apples comparison of each school a helpful tool for assessing prospective schools on your return home And don t be afraid to ask tough questions Choosing a school is a lot like buying a house The decision is both emotional and intellectual On a college visit try to relax take it all in and be honest with yourself about whether it is the right fit for you advises Eric Furda Dean of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania 5 Take Notes Especially when you are visiting multiple schools in a few days the tours can blend into one another Take a notebook along so that your teenager can document her thoughts in real time also your teen should note the name of the tour guide and any other students or officials she meets on the visit so that she can contact them with follow up questions 6 Go to Class My daughter sat in on classes at several schools and found it very helpful It gave her a chance to observe the professors and see how the students interacted with the faculty Most professors are happy to meet with a prospective student So if your teenager is passionate about a particular subject be it French literature or biomedical engineering get the names of one or two professors in those departments Your teenager can either email those faculty members directly to set up a meeting or ask the admissions department The bottom line speaking with a professor can give your teenager clues beyond the course catalog about what it s like to attend the college I would also suggest going on a tour on a weekday instead of on a weekend says YSU s Davis When you re here during the weekday you can see what classes are really like During the weekends a lot of students are in their residence halls so you can t get a sense of that Ask questions Take notes Got to class 7 Schedule An Interview These days many colleges do not require prospective students to have an interview but that doesn t mean your teenager shouldn t sign up for one when offered An impressive interview can work in your teenager s favor These slots are handed out on a first come first served basis another reason to plan your

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  • The Role of Extracurricular Activities in College Admissions -
    would you rank their importance in college acceptance Try 11th That s right extracurricular activities don t even make the top 10 according to the 2012 State of College Admission Report from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling The extracurricular resume is only important for a few schools notes Kris Hintz founder of PositionU4College in Basking Ridge New Jersey But I think a lot of parents have gleaned from the media that this applies to every college and it doesn t So what matters most In order of importance grades rigor of the curriculum and scores on the SAT or ACT That means if your teenager is running ragged with a laundry list of extracurriculars cut back They only matter if your teenager is applying to a selective institution and then a couple of extracurriculars is plenty and even preferable Those schools like to see some commitment that the applicant is not flitting from one thing to another explains Lynn O Shaughnessy author of The College Solution For example my daughter liked art and soccer and that was enough Also there s no must do extracurricular that colleges look for so let your teenager pick In fact admissions officers say they can always tell when a teenager has been pushed into what his or her parents perceive to be the right activity I can t explain it but they read flat says one former admissions staffer On the other hand teenagers who pick extracurricular activities they truly enjoy are able to write and talk about them in a compelling way that admissions officers find appealing There is however one hard and fast rule about extracurriculars they should not interfere with academics Extracurriculars are not a back door into college Hintz notes If an extracurricular activity comes at the expense

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  • The Road to College: Middle School to High School
    some of those costs even small amounts will help 9 th Grade Welcome to high school where everything counts Here s what to think about this year 1 Transition to high school It can be hard for some students to make the transition to high school If your student stumbles don t worry too much Colleges like to see students who catch fire 2 Academics Understand how colleges will scrutinize your teenager s academic record in the form of his transcript Encourage your teenager to take courses that are challenging but in which he can also do well Keep reading 3 Extracurriculars Let your teenager pick one or two extracurriculars she s passionate about Packing a resume full of extracurriculars to impress an admission s office is not necessary and not effective 10 th Grade By sophomore year colleges want to see that your student has gained her footing in high school Things to focus on this year 1 Maintain a solid academic record Or get on track academically 2 Continue with extracurriculars or find ones to start Remember one or two activities that your teenager enjoys is plenty Colleges like to see a couple or more years of commitment to an activity 3 Expect admissions testing to officially begin Your student will take the PSAT a pre SAT or the Aspire a pre ACT or both 11 th Grade Welcome to junior year ground zero of the admission s process This is the most important and stressful year of your teenager s high school career Here s what to expect 1 Test scores on record While tests taken during sophomore year are for you and your teenager s eyes only in junior year they count Most juniors sit for the PSAT in the fall when it counts for the National Merit program then the SAT or the ACT or both in winter or spring Oftentimes students will take either the ACT or SAT pick the one your teenager does best at a second time senior year 2 Academics Junior year is in many ways the most important year on your teenager s transcript Especially if your teenager applies to college early deadlines are November of senior year these grades will be a major focus of the admissions staff 3 Start to build a college list This is the year to start to determine which colleges are going to be the right fit for your teenager It s worth devoting some time here Carefully selecting schools that match your teenager s academic social and financial needs will be well worth the effort when he gets to campus Part of this process should include campus visits 4 The essay At many high schools students write their essays in English class If that s the case at your teenager s school lucky you If not your teen should wait no later than the summer before senior year to get started Don t rush this part of the application 5 Talk finances If

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  • College Admissions Tests Start Sophomore Year
    if your student scores within National Merit territory the top three percent of test takers in your state the first time she takes the PSAT sophomore year it s worth studying for this second qualifying round For starters being a National Merit finalist even a semi finalist raises your teenager to the top of the applicant pool and it can also bring scholarships The scholarships from National Merit are relatively small around 2 500 Dorsey explains But there are many colleges and universities that have special scholarships set aside for any National Merit finalist that opts for their school At a minimum every student should be familiar with the test Don t go in cold having paid 50 and put an official score on record In the spring of junior year most teenagers take the SAT or the ACT or both for the first time What kind of preparation to do for these college admissions tests depends on your teenager Dorsey says There are the teenagers you can hand a book and they re going to get it done themselves Others may need more guidance There are many prep classes through a private tutor a franchise like Kaplan or even free ones at your local library Dorsey suggests preparing At a minimum every student should be familiar with the test Don t go in cold having paid 50 and put an official score on record You can at least pick up the full length practice test and do it on a Saturday morning at the kitchen table Most teenagers are never going to get a perfect score but they can open up some more doors if they can score three or four points higher on the ACT or a couple hundred higher on the SAT The good news your teenager

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  • Value of High School Transcript in College Admissions
    house formula to recalculate the GPA on your teenager s high school transcript so they can compare it to applicants at different high schools For example some institutions use formulas that strip out grades for non academic classes like gym music and theater while others may add points for more advanced classes Is the coursework challenging Admissions looks at both class type and grades on the high school transcript In general a B in an advanced course is better than an A in an easy or non academic course In general experts recommend finding a sweet spot between grades and class level How many advanced courses to take That depends If your teenager is capable of a full load of advanced classes fine But if that will make your teenager crash and burn then try just one or two Did grades get better or worse It can take time to adjust to high school so don t sweat it too much if your teenager s first semester or year is a bust In fact colleges love to see the high school transcript of a student who catches fire and end strong notes Terry McCue Head of Admissions for Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights Ohio The opposite starting out strong and petering out by junior year will hurt your teenager s candidacy however That s why you want to be wary of overloading your student with too many advanced classes What s your high school like When your teenager submits an application it s accompanied by a high school profile that the guidance department prepares Admissions will use what they know about your high school to check whether the high school transcript shows that the applicant has challenged himself at his high school Does this mean your teenager is out

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  • Social Life Archives - Your Teen Magazine
    Mean Girl Turns Out She Was Me 0 What happens when you discover that you re the mean girl Our writer has an answer more 12 Feb 2016 I Thought She Was My Friend Until I Realized She Was Mean 0 Sometimes a middle school friendship can be confusing and painful more 04 Feb 2016 She Stood Up to the Bully But She Suffered Because of It 0 Standing up to the class bully doesn t always go so well more 08 Jan 2016 Setting Rules For My 14 Year Old and Her Boyfriend 0 A reader asks How intrusive should I be when it comes to the physical aspects of my daughter s relationship more 27 Dec 2015 Surprise Video Games Offer Real Benefits 0 There s lots to like about video games but some teenagers may need parents to set limits We ve got 6 ideas to try more 15 Dec 2015 Guess Who s Flirting on Social Media Yep Your Teenager 0 A new report reveals how teenagers are crushing on social media more 23 Oct 2015 Being Left Out Feeling Awkward Getting Teased and Other Experiences with Popularity 0 Three teenagers discuss their relationship with popularity in middle school and high school more 21 Aug 2015 Tag friendship popularity Friends Frenemies Bullies 15 Ways to Support Your Middle Schooler s Social Life 0 The days of setting up play dates are over So what now more 05 Aug 2015 Tag popularity School s Out Summer Ideas for Teens 0 Still trying to figure out what your teenager will do this summer We ve got some ideas more 05 May 2015 You Might Not Like Today s Prom Dresses But Were Ours Any Better 0 A round up of prom dresses from generation s past more 01

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  • Should I Call the Mean Girl's Mom? - Your Teen Magazine
    plenty of times Recently Amelia is chasing me around and telling everyone I m the devil There s no one here to play with now In that moment I wanted her to know how horribly her daughter was behaving I instantly closed my book sat up and scanned the pool for Amelia and Anna finding them cuddled together in one towel on a single chair Filled with shock that these girls I knew and liked could be so mean I did what I had never done before I walked directly over to them I asked just Anna to come with me a few steps away Was Amelia telling everyone that my girl was the devil and not to play with her I fully expected her answer to be no She nodded Well There it was A terrible truth What to do with it Nearby sat Amelia s mom a woman I didn t know well but thought I liked chatting with a friend In that moment I wanted her to know how horribly her daughter was behaving I wanted her to make my daughter s pain go away I wanted her to no longer be allowed to sit there so happily while my daughter and I left the pool None of these feelings had any hope of making my daughter feel better Most of all I wanted my daughter to have someone kind to play with at the pool I imagined what I thought this mom s reaction might be She would be embarrassed would vow to talk with her daughter would be extra sweet to my daughter the next few times we saw her would force her daughter to apologize mortifying mine in the process or forcing my daughter to acquiesce and accept would hear her daughter s side of the story with growing acceptance would label me over protective or my daughter over sensitive and would then forget about the entire incident It was an outcome I didn t like at all I decided to sit with my feelings in search of a better resolution For a few days I stewed battling with myself over the right amount to intervene Should I call the other mom Is it too late I already felt some guilt for even marginally involving Anna Instead of looking to outsiders to validate my daughter we talked through things she could do herself to feel better I recalled a former teacher s guidance on tattling If you re trying to get someone else in trouble you re tattling If you re trying to keep someone out of trouble you re telling I wasn t trying to help Amelia and frankly wasn t in a position to help her Perhaps I could have convinced myself that telling her mom would teach her right from wrong but the reality is that a girl like Amelia isn t going to change because her mom catches her She will only get craftier My discovery of Amelia s character

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