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Doing College Right: A Guide to Student Success

How do you know which college is right for you? And what should you do during college to make the most of your time there? Doing College Right helps readers to both choose a college and make key decisions throughout their higher education journey. This book is filled with helpful case examples, practical rubrics, and guiding questions to help readers evaluate colleges based on key dimensions of student success, both before and during college. 

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College Admission Essentials: A Step-by-Step Guide to Showing Colleges Who You Are and What Matters to You

You can get into the perfect school! From describing your extracurriculars to interviews with admission officers, it comes down to two questions: What matters most to you? How does it manifest in your life? The answers will give direction to every part of the admission process. Ethan Sawyer (the College Essay Guy), along with dozens of top admission experts, will help you stand out by showing colleges and universities how your values and your drive will change you, your alma mater, and the world. 

The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2020

Information on 1.5 million scholarships, grants, and prizes is easily accessible in this revised directory with more than 300 new listings that feature awards indexed by career goal, major, academics, public service, talent, athletics, religion, ethnicity, and more.

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The Enlightened College Applicant: A New Approach to the Search and Admissions Process

The Enlightened College Applicant presents a no-nonsense account of how students should approach the college search and admissions process. It incorporates cutting-edge data and research to pull back the curtain on critical topics such as: How to maximize your college admission prospects, Which schools and degrees provide the best return on investment, How to minimize the costs of a college education, What college-related skills are valued in the job market, and much more. 

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Graduate from College Debt-Free

This book is a comprehensive guide to saving for college, scholarships, financial assistance and more. It explains: How to use the net price calculator to figure out the school's actual cost, Creative strategies to minimize your college debt, Loan forgiveness programs to reduce college debt after you graduate, Options for cutting college costs, What scholarships are available and how to apply for them, Which tax credits can be used by students and their parents, and How to complete the FAFSA and PROFILE financial aid applications.

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The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges 2018

The only guidebook of its kind to combine extensive narrative college profiles with detailed data and statistics on each institution, this tome reports on more than 300 colleges and universities, addressing their academics, majors, student life, athletics, student body, distinguished alumni, admissions/financial aid, and postgraduation success. Tips on each college's admission process and student quotes from a national survey accompany each description to provide an honest and thorough appraisal of each college's strengths and weaknesses. 

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Bound-For-Career Guidebook: A Student Guide to Career Exploration, Decision Making, and the Job Search

This guidebook outlines the experiences and tasks that will facilitate the career development process and lead to satisfaction and success by specifying educational and career transitions students should consider on the path to the workplace

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Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays

Students will prepare powerful and successful admission essays with the tools provided in this invaluable, newly-updated resource for the college-bound. Examples of 50 real essays are included, discussing such topics as leadership, personal obstacles, athletics, public service, special talents, and future goals. 

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Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps

Writing a memorable personal statement can seem like an overwhelming project for a college applicant, but college essay coach Alan Gelb's organized and encouraging step-by-step instructions take the intimidation out of the process, enabling applicants to craft a meaningful and polished college admissions essay. Gelb teaches students to identify an engaging topic and use creative writing techniques to compose a vivid statement that will reflect their individuality. 

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Colleges Worth Your Money

This book provides up-to-date, accurate, and comprehensive information for gauging the ROI of America's top schools, including: In-depth profiles of 175 of the top colleges and universities across the U.S.; Over 75 key statistics about each school that cover unique admissions-related data points such as gender-specific acceptance rates, early decision acceptance rates, and five-year admissions trends at each college. The solid facts on career outcomes, including the school's connections with recruiters, the rate of employment post-graduation, where students land internships, the companies most likely to hire students from a particular school, and much more. 

How to Get Money for College 2021

A great resource for students looking to supplement their federal financial aid package with aid from colleges and universities. This comprehensive directory points students and their families to complete and accurate information on need-based and non-need gift aid, loans, work-study, athletic awards, and more. Contains an overview of the financial aid process, common financial aid questions, samples of financial aid award letters, the latest changes to the FAFSA® and how to file it, and how to complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® that's required by most private colleges and universities. 

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A Guide to Writing College Admissions Essays

This book is a guide for students writing their college admissions essays, primarily the 650-word Common App essay and supplementary essays that many schools require as part of their admission applications. It offers suggestions on good topics to write about without getting too specific (and just as importantly what not to write about), vital tips on writing approach, grammar, and usage. If used properly, this book will help you craft a readable, interesting essay that will attract the college admissions reader by giving you a creative voice and the means to express yourself. 

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Loans.

Scholarships, Fellowships, And Loans profiles more than 7,300 scholarships, fellowships, loans, internships, work study, and other education-related financial aid available to high school students, undergraduates, graduates, post-graduates, and professionals.

Crushing the Common App Essay

Write the perfect college application essay with this quick and essential guide. This book leads you step by step through the entire process of crafting a killer college application essay. See how to brainstorm ideas, use easy-to-understand examples as a model, and read inspiring real-life admissions success stories.

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The College Blue Book 50th Edition

The College Blue Book is a comprehensive guide covering nearly 12,000 institutions of higher learning, occupational and technical schools, and distance learning programs. The College Blue Book also features information on obtaining financial assistance for pursuing postsecondary education.

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Paying for College, 2024 Edition

Paying for College helps students and their families maximize financial aid eligibility. Packed with specific information, it guides parents and students with info on: How to fill out all those forms (FAFSA, CSS Profile, etc.) to your advantage!; How to understand the financial aid (FA) process and pick a college with FA in mind; How to navigate recent changes to FAFSA legislation; ... and more!

Choosing College

This book adresses the college-choosing problem. The rankings, metrics, analytics, college visits, and advice that we use today to help us make these decisions are out of step with the progress individual students are trying to make. Choosing College strips away the noise to help you understand why you're going to school. What's driving you? What are you trying to accomplish? Once you know why, the book will help you make better choices. 

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The How and Why of Transferring Colleges


Congratulations! You've completed your gen ed classes at a community college and are ready to transfer to a 4 year institution. In this episode of How to College we walk you through transferring!

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How to Choose the School for You

Is this episode of How To College we show to best choose the right school for us. There's a lot to think about, like: what kind of learner you are, what kind of environment you like, how to know if your school is looking out for your success, what kinds of support do different schools offer, and of course what do you want to study?

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How to Apply to College

Now that we're to the point of actually applying for college, things can get a little overwhelming. Here are some helpful ways to manage everything you need to keep track of, fill out, and even ways to save some money in fees.

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How to Pay for College

Paying for college is stressful and there's a lot of research we need to do. So we want to be methodical and patient, and make sure we know what all of our options are. So, in this episode, we walk you through how to know our options, what steps to take to get the funding you need to be successful in college.

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How to Find a College Scholarship

Free money for tuition is floating around out there; you just have to know where to look.

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