College Dollars and Sense

Make the most of, and spend the least on, school.

Activities That Actually Look Good to Colleges

February 7, 2018 5:54 am

You’re probably like many students, who come to us agonizing over what are the “right” activities to do. You ask yourself, “Am I doing enough? Are my choices... (more)

The Magical Admissions Gift – The Hook

July 17, 2017 3:32 pm

Everyone wants to know the secret to getting into college. While there are several strategic decisions that everyone can make to enhance their chances, there are also several... (more)

Some Numbers Lie

April 30, 2017 8:10 am

Numbers are supposed to be straightforward and easy to interpret. 2+2=4, 9>5, and a triangle’s angles always add up to 180 degrees. Yet, in the world of college... (more)

Your Pictures Are Worth At Least 1,000 Words

February 1, 2017 9:00 am

Ever since humankind created its first writing implement, it has sought to record its history in ever-evolving modes of storytelling. From cave wall pictograms to Facebook Live, three... (more)

5 Hacks for Your Next Campus Visit

January 29, 2017 12:54 pm

If you understand why you’re on campus and take advantage of the opportunities there, you’ll end up not only better informed, but increase your chances for admission. More... (more)

5 Things You May Be Worrying About – But Shouldn’t

October 20, 2016 9:56 am

Just before November 1st is that time of year when anxiety runs high and you start imagining all of the things that could go wrong. Let me reassure... (more)

The Six Myths and Facts of Financial Aid

October 1, 2016 8:05 am

Time and again, families cheat themselves out of money and admissions opportunities, for the simple reason that they don’t understand how financial aid works. Rather than keep your... (more)

Here’s Your Mantra to Tackle the College Admissions Process: A.C.E. I.T.

September 20, 2016 12:57 pm

This article first appeared in The Huffington Post on September 18th, 2016. The college application process can bring out the worst in families, with its high stakes, countless... (more)

In the news!

September 1, 2016 8:09 pm

Are you wondering about which colleges are great financial deals this year? Check out this U.S. News and World Report article featuring Victoria: Some Colleges Choose to Slash,... (more)

Want a Leg Up in Admissions? Think like Forrest Gump

July 5, 2016 3:07 pm

If you could channel any movie character as you prepare for college, choose Forrest Gump. “Forrest Gump?” you might wonder. “Why Forrest Gump? He certainly wasn’t ‘smart’ in... (more)