Sunday, December 9, 2012

Never Too Soon to Plan for College/Never Too Late, Either

For those of us in certain parts of the East Coast, it has been one messed up school year. For high school seniors, it has been particularly painful as Sandy caused kids to miss a week or more of school, forced the cancellation of SAT and related testing, made it tricky doing homework and applications in the cold, by headlamp.

Many colleges have extended their due-date for applications. The problem is, that just makes the agony of application season last longer. In our house, we are trying to get another four or so out the door before Christmas so that the holiday isn't too frantic. All will be sent before Jan. 2, when school starts again.

College Board has introduced a new element to its online offerings, Big Future, a soup-to-nuts website designed to help families organize the college planning process. Even if your child is a freshman, it's a good idea to start thinking about this college stuff. And I like the vignettes used -- tends to bring the process to life through the eyes and minds of students.

Here's a recently published blog that looks at the process year by year. It's by April Bell, the director of counselor advocacy for the College Board.

Meanwhile, seniors, back to work on those supplemental essays!


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