June 23, 2020

The Dangers of the Tuition Discount and How to Avoid Them

When I started this site I frequently said that “Colleges are priced like houses, but sold like cars.” I still believe that. Car buying, like shopping for a college, favors the best-informed buyer. The best-informed buyer gets the largest discount. Colleges do much the same thing. Only they call the tuition discount a […]
June 22, 2020

What Do You Need to Know About Merit Scholarships?

More and more colleges offer merit scholarships to prospective students, whether they need them or not.  Merit scholarships will be the most likely source to reduce college costs for many families because it is not tied to income, only academic performance or talent. Some of these awards require no additional […]
June 21, 2020

Tips to Help You Look at Liberal Arts Colleges

Over the years I have posted many pieces to help parents and students consider publicly-supported colleges and universities. But I also wanted to help those who are looking at private liberal arts colleges. This is an oft-criticized segment of higher education. But it offers many advantages to the right student. […]
June 19, 2020

Colleges Think About the Future, But Families Must Think About the Now

Colleges think about the future in many ways. They invest, or divest in academic programs and facilities. They add services to better help their students to succeed, and make their lives more pleasant on campus.  But sometimes the ambitious plans of a college are not well timed with the ambitions […]
June 18, 2020

A Unique Educational Opportunity in Human Services Management

Many current college students as well as recent graduates are interested in the caring human services professions. The draw might be to help people in one-to-one or group settings. However, as human services professionals gain more experience they want to teach and manage others. I spoke with Mark Doyle last week […]
June 18, 2020

No Pre-Law or Law School Experience Is The Same

Ask any college admissions officer about the “pre-law” program at their school. You will likely get the same answer: there is no pre-law major. Ask any attorney about the best legal education, and you will also get many answers. The law is a highly respected profession. But I’m sure that you […]
June 17, 2020

What Can You Do When You Can’t Take Campus Visits?

When it comes to getting first, or later impressions of a college there’s nothing like campus visits. But during these times there are other online tools, outside of my profiles and insights, that can help. Accepted Student Facebook Groups If you have received acceptance letters, but have not decided on […]
June 16, 2020

What Is The Best College For Someone Who Has Been Bullied?

I was bullied from grade school through the middle of high school. While you may read about bullying today in the context of race or sexual orientation, I am a  straight white male. I am Jewish, but I was never physically bullied because of my faith. I had crooked teeth […]
June 15, 2020

What Do You Get For Your Tuition and Fees?

I’ve seen many comments on Facebook lately from different groups talking about college tuition and fees. The feeling is that college is “not worth as much” if classes are brought online. A Montclair State University (NJ) student and New Jersey resident has recently filed a lawsuit around this point.. Students […]