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What’s your college budget? How are you going to pay for college?

By Gregg Cohen, Campus Bound Founder and President

 

At Campus Bound, we believe that finding a college that ‘fits’ each individual is extremely important.   There are 3 core areas to determine if a college will position a student for a successful college journey and beyond.  The first two – the academic program and non-academic factors such as size, geography and school culture, tend to get a great deal of attention and discussion.  The third, the financial fit, often times does not receive the due diligence it deserves.

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Advice for Parents

I Let My Kindergartener Walk To School, And Other Mom-Shaming Decisions

As the title of this blog suggests, I allow my 6 year old to walk to school. In this era of parents driving kids to school, or even bus stops, I get some serious side-eye when I tell other parents that. Now, let’s be clear. He has an 8 year old brother that he walks with. School is about a quarter of a mile from our house with all sidewalks and no major streets to cross. Still, it’s a decision, much like allowing children to play at a playground alone, that could get me thrown in “mom jail.”

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Advice for Sophomores

Freshmen and Sophomores: When to Begin the College Process

You’re walking through the hall when you overhear a group of seniors talking about where they’re going next year.  And at soccer practice, your junior friends are talking about the colleges they are visiting next month.  It reminds us of a fun quote: “college is the reward for surviving high school.”  Yes, you too will be researching and visiting colleges, but you’ve been told it’s not your time yet.  There’s good reason for that, as we will explain below. However, there ARE things you can do now to make the college process easier later, and increase your chances of being accepted.  Read on!

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Advice for Juniors, Advice for Sophomores

How to Find The Right Gap Year Program For You

Taking a gap year before college is something every high school student should at least consider. Even if it’s quickly dismissed as not the right path for you, it makes sense to have a discussion with your Campus Bound counselor about what it is as well as the pros and cons. We have explained more previously in this blog post. In this blog, we will go over the different types of gap year programs, and if you are considering it, how to decide which might be best for you.

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Advice for Juniors, College List

Consider These Big Questions First When Making Your College List

Many juniors are well into the research phase of the college admission process. This is the time when students have to do some deep soul-searching, often with the help of parents and counselors, to determine the qualities of a college that are most important to them. Every student’s wishlist will be different. But oftentimes, students don’t know where to start. Of course, meeting with a Campus Bound counselor will help, but we also present in this blog the four big questions to ask yourself as you begin exploring different colleges.

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Admissions, Advice for Parents, Advice for Seniors, Applications

The Decision is in… But What Does it Mean?

It’s admission decision season! Once upon a time, applicants were either accepted or denied to a college. Then came the waitlist. Now, students can hear one of many different “answers” from colleges, and it can be confusing. It can also make the final decision process more difficult. In this blog we will try to shed some light on these different college responses and point out the potential pros and cons of each one.

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College List

Your Dad’s Cousin’s Friend’s Wife May Not Have the Answers

One of the biggest mistakes parents and students can make in the college search and application process is listening to the advice of unqualified people. The title of this blog is meant to be humorous, but in reality, it happens quite a bit. Someone who went to a particular college years ago may have strong feelings about and memories of the school that just aren’t relevant now. Or, a family member may have heard something about a college once that left a bad taste in their mouth. But that information is completely unrelated to what your experience would be like there. The point of this blog is, take what others say with a huge grain of salt.

 

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Advice for Parents, Advice for Seniors, Applications, Health and Wellness

What to Do If You Have a Case of the “What Ifs”

You’ve worked hard on your college list and applications.  You researched schools, visited as many as possible and have even written your essays and submitted all, if not most, of your applications. But this time of year, the inevitable “What if?” can set in. Parents can succumb to it just as easily as students. “What if the ideal college is out there and we just haven’t found it?” “What if I don’t get accepted anywhere?” “What if we don’t get any financial aid?”

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