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How am I going to pay for college? A list of scholarships to lighten the burden

By Melissa A. Rowe on Dec 8, 2015 04:14 PM

If you have a child who is headed to college, you’re probably thinking, “How am I going to pay for this?”

I don’t have to tell you about rising college costs and the outrageous amount of student loan debt that U.S. students are saddled with each year. So here’s some good news for Philadelphia students. As rich as this city is in history, culture, and cheesesteaks, we are almost as rich in scholarships for high school students.

Here’s a list of some of Philadelphia’s best scholarships for college-bound students.

Going to a college fair? Use these tips to prepare

By Melissa Rowe on Oct 27, 2015 04:02 PM

As a college and career counselor, college fairs are a welcome high point. There’s little that can match the efficiency of having numerous college professionals under one roof. I always recommend a good college fair to any high school junior or senior, and I've even organized a few myself. When trying to decide which schools to apply to or how to differentiate between each institution’s unique value, you can’t go wrong by visiting a college fair.

Get a jump on college admissions for a less stressful senior year

By Melissa Rowe on Sep 22, 2015 12:53 PM

Every year around this time, I find myself excited, with hope and anticipation of having the best school year ever. For students and educators, September more than January is the start of the new year. As a college and career counselor, I am greeted each new year with a bombardment of questions from anxious high school seniors who are overwhelmed by the college admission process.

Senior year is a year of big decisions, from the amount of community service a student should perform to which standardized test to take. I hope to make the process a little less stressful and much easier to navigate by sharing my advice here regularly.

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