Do You Hear What I Hear?

You’re on your way home from work, listening to your local radio station, and what did you just hear? An admissions director from your nearby UW System campus who was talking about the value of a college education!

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Texting Your Juniors

Our office is building on the tremendous success of our college preparation texting campaign from last academic year, and we are doing it again this spring. Your high school juniors may sign up to receive text messages that not only assist them with the transition to their senior year, but also get them thinking about […]

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Financing a College Education

We recently hosted a webinar about how families finance a college education. Jill Gosse, a longtime staff member at Sallie Mae, was our featured speaker. She had a wealth (pun intended) of information for our counselors. While there is no “one size fits all” solution for financing college, she said that families should follow the […]

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Regional Placement Testing Site Opens Feb. 1

Registration for math, English, and foreign language Regional Placement Testing for next year’s college freshmen opens February 1. There have been a couple of changes to how UW System campuses place students into math and English courses, if the students have no college transfer in those subjects. Here is a quick summary:

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Many Fin Aid Filing Dates Approaching

Making sure we’re all playing the same song– You’ve heard that our campuses have new preferred financial aid filing dates this year. Seven of our UW campuses want students to submit the FAFSA by February 1.

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Counseling Students Who Have Been Denied Admission

The process of admission is full of stressors for high school students and families. Stress is amplified when students discover they are denied admission to their first college choice, or they are starting the process late.

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College Goal WI: January Dates

College Goal Wisconsin is a statewide event that provides free information and assistance to families who are filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the federally required form for students seeking financial aid, such as grants and loans. Completing the FAFSA is the first and most important step in qualifying for aid.

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Accommodations for SAT, AP Exams

The College Board is making it easier to request accommodations for all of their exams, including the SAT and AP exams. As of January 1, 2017, students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan can receive the same accommodations automatically approved for the College Board exams.

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ACT or SAT? Math

We explored the differences between the ACT and SAT’s reading sections in last week’s post. There are some important differences in the math sections of the tests, too.

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ACT or SAT? Reading

The SAT has become more like the ACT considering the changes that came out earlier this year. However, the reading sections are very different, and one of the tests may play to a student’s strengths.

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