Cyndy’s Blog

College Affordability Tips for Procrastinators and Planners (A GuidedPath Professional Development webinar)

Nowhere else is timing more important than in college financial planning.  Join Fred Amrein as he identifies key timeframes and strategies to maximize a famly’s financial resources.   Presentation:  download Webinar Recording:  view <if...
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How do Assets fit into the Financial Aid Process?

#2 in a series to help you prepare for filing financial aid forms. See first article, Top 5 Tips for Preparing for the FAFSA/Profile. What counts as an asset? January is approaching and parents are gathering their financial information for their FAFSA...
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Top 5 Tips for Preparing for the FAFSA/PROFILE

It is that time of year; tinsel, candles, lights and FAFSA and Profile!  Time for families to prepare for filing financial aid forms.  Over the past twenty-five years, I have found the following tips help families get ready for this important task....
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People, Places and Patience

Forget college search based on academics, aesthetics and the student union building, students need to focus on their college selection with the end in mind.  This was the message Harlan Cohen, author of the New York Times best selling book, “The...
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How to Avoid Writer’s Block: Guiding Students Through Writing College Essays Webinar Material

Writing college essays is a rite of passage for most seniors.  Working with students, guiding them through this process, is a rite of passage for advisors, teachers and counselors. Dr. Elizabeth Stone, author of  “The Better College Essay”...
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Tips for University of California Personal Statements

For some, fall is a quiet time built for reflection and season changes.  For us, as college advisors, it is a frantic time packed with students and reading of essays. During this time of year, for the past twenty years, I have been encouraging, badgering...
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