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Top 10 Tips for Writing Scholarship Essays

by Jennifer Taylor on November 15, 2017 in College Essays

 

As the task of applying to colleges winds down, the focus often shifts to seeking out college scholarships. You’ve done your best submitting college application essays, but now, what’s the best approach to writing college scholarship essays?   The good news is much of what students’ practiced in writing their first round of college application […]

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1,001 (and then some!) Backpacks Arrive in Haiti

by Jennifer Taylor on November 10, 2017 in PFA News

 

  The backpacks have arrived in Haiti!   Everyone’s hard work and generosity finally paid off. More than 1,500 backpacks and more than 500 pounds of school supplies were recently distributed to Haiti schoolchildren. Wow! Watch the children receive their backpacks in this video courtesy of local resident Denis Atis, who partnered with PFA’s Executive […]

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SAT/ACT Registration Deadlines Approaching for December Test Dates

by Jennifer Taylor on October 31, 2017 in Standardized Tests

 

  SAT Reminder: The next SAT registration deadline is Nov. 2, 2017, for the Dec. 2, 2017, testing day. The late registration deadline for online registration is Nov. 21, 2017.  Registration and a full schedule of testing dates is available online at the College Board website.   SAT Subject Tests Students may also register for […]

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SAT/ACT Registration Deadlines Today and Tomorrow

by Jennifer Taylor on October 5, 2017 in Standardized Tests

 

  SAT Reminder: The next SAT registration deadline is Oct. 5, 2017, for the Nov. 4, 2017, testing day. The late registration deadline for online registration is Oct. 25, 2017.  Registration is available online at the College Board website. The registration deadline for the Dec. 2, 2017, SAT testing day is Nov. 2, 2017. The […]

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7 FAFSA Musts from the Department of Education

by Dan Farnesi on September 29, 2017 in FAFSA

 

There are several important things to know before filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for the 2018-19 school year. The filing period runs from Oct. 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019, and here’s what students (and in some cases, parents) will need in order to complete the process, courtesy of […]

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Chicago Area Fall College Fairs

by Jennifer Taylor on September 14, 2017 in Dates and Deadlines

 

’Tis the season to try to make sense out of the heavily populated college landscape. Fortunately, there’s plenty of help out there. Here’s a list of upcoming fall 2017 college fairs in the Chicago area for you to mark on your calendar:   CHICAGO PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS COLLEGE FAIR When: Oct. 3, 6:30–9 p.m. […]

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11 Essential Tips for Hitting the College Fairs

by Jennifer Taylor on September 14, 2017 in College Planning

 

  College fairs can be a great resource to help evaluate your school options. Here are 11 Essential College Fair Tips from Partners For Achievement.   Find out which colleges will be at the college fair and make a list of the schools you are interested in. Make a list of questions beforehand. Fill out […]

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1,001 (and then some) Backpacks for Haiti

by Jennifer Taylor on September 7, 2017 in PFA News

 

  Wow! Thank you donors and PFA students so much for what we accomplished. On August 6, PFA and the Haiti student committee prepared backpacks and school supplies to go to Haiti. Here are the results: 1,487 Total backpacks and drawstring bags    582 Pounds of school supplies Thank you all for making a powerful […]

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How to decipher college application deadlines

by Kendall Hayes on August 27, 2017 in College Admissions Counseling

 

The many types of college application deadlines can be terribly confusing for students and their parents. But once you figure out what all these deadlines mean, you can use them to your advantage by formulating a plan. Application strategy is a huge part of the process. As soon as students finalize their list of schools, […]

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How to answer “Why this college?” supplemental essays

by Kendall Hayes on August 12, 2017 in College Essays

 

“Why this college?” seems like a simple question, but it usually proves to be the most difficult of supplemental essays for students.   Everyone’s natural inclination is to regurgitate facts about the school. Students tend to write sentences that have little insight, such as, “You have a gorgeous campus” or “I love that you are […]

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