Getting In Is Only Half The Battle

Archive for September, 2009

I only wish I was joking here.

This CBS Sunday morning story sheds a little light on the whole high-end nursery school scene in New York.

Like any parent I’d like my kids to go to a good college too, but 30K a year for private elementary school?

I’m guessing that if you can afford that then you’re not visiting this site anyway.


Reuters has an article(I actually think’s a press release) about “The State Of College Savings” survey which was released a few weeks ago. The conclusions are a little depressing, but not all that surprising. But on the plus side, 529 accounts are still the best savings vehicle for college around.


Forty-four percent of parents are “not very confident” that they will reach
their college savings goals, up from 31 percent in 2008; while the number of
parents who are “very confident” has plunged to 12 percent from 20 percent
last year.

The 2009 report doesn’t seem to be posted online yet.
But here’s the 2008 and 2007 versions.

The Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation has an article laying out the tax benefits of paying for college. Given how expensive tuition is and keeps getting it’s probably worth it to examine every possible tax break.

Some topics covered include:

  • Student Loan Interest Deduction
  • Tuition and Fees Deduction
  • Hope and Lifetime Learning Tax Credits

I ran across this graphic on this morning. Hopefully you don’t have to run some calculation to see that there’s some value in going to college, but if you do this graphic is for you.

BONUS: The Pabst Blue Ribbon reference towards the bottom.

The full sized version is too big to post here
(I tried and didn’t like how it looked).

Click the picture to go to the full version.

Student Loans by the Numbers.

This YouTube video features Dr. Katherine Cohen discussing (common?) college application mistakes.

In somewhat of a followup to a previous post about Facebook friending admissions officials, apparently some schools have instructed their admissions officials to automatically deny FB friend requests.

Problem solved, I guess.

Apparently, college fairs really can be quite useful.

The Sacramento Bee published an article suggesting that high school juniors and seniors should come (prepared) and take advantage of the information offered at college fairs.

Among their other suggestions: FTA:

  • Be prepared
  • Ask questions
  • Know who you’re talking to

The full article can be found here. published an article that talks about some pitfalls of relying too heavily on technology when trying to get accepted to a school, or more importantly when trying to figure out your EFC(Expected Family Contribution)


“Having a personal connection with a student, I’m more willing to go out on a limb for them,” said Wise, who is responsible for handling applications from youths in the City of Baltimore, including those involved with the city’s CollegeBound program.

The Huffington Post has an article by Jenifer Fox which discusses the idea of getting the school that’s a good fit rather than “the best”.

Another insider’s look at the college admissions process was published in August, 2009 and Time Magazine has a little Q&A with the author David Marcus.

The Time Magazine article can be found here.

A full-on review of the book can be found here.

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